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Paul O mahony

Group Photo Shoot Indoors

Hi there,
I own a FinePix 5500 and have been asked to photograph a group of kids. The shoot will be in a very bright room with fluorescent lighting. Do I need to use my built-in flash or not? White balance adjustment, use ISO 800 (my maximum)? I appreciate any response. Regards.

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3/3/2006 11:12:45 AM

Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  The room may seem very bright to you, but chances are, without a fast lens you will need to use your flash. There are two ways you can try it. If you don't use flash, you would probably need to increase your ISO setting in order to get a shutter speed fast enough to prevent blur. A tripod would help keep the camera steady. If you do it without flash, you should set your white balance for fluorescent lighting. Otherwise, your pictures would likely have a green tint to them.
The other approach would be to use your flash. This will be easier, since you won't have to worry so much about camera shake or fidgeting subjects. You can leave your WB set to Auto or Daylight.
I would recommend using the flash. I think fluorescent lighting gives ugly results in general, and the wide variety of tubes out there means the fluorescent WB setting doesn't always work that well.

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3/3/2006 1:16:10 PM

TBall    Chris's response is right on with one additional reminder ... Window light may be an issue as well. You may get a few shots when the kids are close enough to the window to get decent exposure, but more likely the window light will backlight your subjects and darken their faces more. If you camera has a beach setting you may want to try it...with or without the flash. Don't expect every shot to be perfect, it's usually a tough setting! Have fun!

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3/7/2006 6:32:56 AM

Dick Metcalf   I don't know how big the "group" is, but avoid flash if at all possible. The chances of getting even lighting with one flash is low. That camera probably has a raw setting. Kick up the ISO to where yiu can get a reasonable shutter speed , set your white balance to auto and shoot. You can easily correct for WB in the conversion process rather than worry about it in the camera (regardless of how ugly the flourescent green is)

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3/9/2006 3:12:03 PM

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