The Recipe for "NO Flash Photography!"
We love to give props to our favorite photographers... and Stephanie Adriana is absolutely one of our faves for so many reasons... she really does put photography into simple terms. She wrote a blog a while ago with some fantastic tips on "No Flash Photography".... so we thought we would share her knowledge!
Really... it's almost ALL about your equipment... So check out Staphanie's Tips:
Your LENS and APERTURE: A Bigger/Larger aperature is better. Be sure your Aperature is low...ie. 1.2, 1.8, 2.8 and 3.5 with 3.5 being the smallest size aperture that would work in a low light situation. If you have a 3.5-5.6 18-55mm lens that means that if you want to maintain your 3.5 large size aperture you may NOT zoom. You will lose you're 3.5 to a 5.6 aperture when you zoom so don't!! You will have to sit, kneel or stand in the aisle or front row to get the shot!
ISO: Assess you lighting, or lack of, set a high ISO... 800 ISO and up.
METER: Spot meter and if you don't have spot then move in a little closer and use the next best, evaluative metering (the one that looks like an "eye-ball" or circle with a dot in it). Meter on the lightest part of your subject's face. Adjust your Shutter Speed while metering the lightest part of your subject… Wow! Because your subject or that spot you are metering is really bright and you are using a High ISO and a Large Aperture you probably have a decent Shutter Speed! Cool! (1/60 or Faster)
Thank you Stephanie for the No Flash Photography Tips! We always love to share your style!