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| p.1 #1 · Some Shooting Advice Needed - Modern Dance |
I was wondering if there is some advice some seasoned shooter can provide over to me on a upcoming event my sister asked me to shoot. I'm mainly and landscape, people and wildlife shooter so dance is something rather new and daunting for me. The following is a bit of info that might help you understand the scenario.
Event - Modern Dance
Place - Indoor theatre, no flash usage
Typically Lighting - From past events, they are usually rather low... moody type lighting
Camera - Canon 5D Mark II
Lenses available- 17-40F4, 24-70F2.8, 15mmF2.8 fisheye, 50mm F1.4, 135mmF2, 70-200F4IS, 300mmF4IS
Given that the lighting is low and there is movement in the shots, I'm not sure how to balance between keeping the ISO to an acceptable level and shutter speed to capture the action as well as keeping the DOF at an acceptable level to keep the focus in check.
My thoughts are to try to keep the shutter speed at around 1/500sec, go for my max aperture (I'm leaning towards using my 135mm F2, or see if I can borrow a buddies 70-200F2.8) and probably boosting ISO to the 3600-6400 range. I'm unsure of how good my autofocus is in this situation where the light is low and the DOF is so shallow. I think I should set the autofocus to servo mode.
Should I also shoot in shutter priority mode or manual? Given lighting changes in the theatre, I'm not sure how to handle this one as well. I won't worry about white balance as I'll shoot in raw and can make adjustments later.
Unfortunately I don't really understand or know much about modern dance, so any advice on how to capture a good image would be appreciated.