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| p.1 #4 · Ideal shutter speed for low light dancing & general reception shots |
Yeah, that really all depends on several variables. I try to avoid on-camera flash when possible, so when I do use an on-camera flash at a reception it's either because a) I can't push my ISOs any higher, aperture any larger, or shutter speeds any slower to get proper exposure so I have to use flash to fill in light. Or b) I'm photographing dancing with slow shutter speeds and the flash on curtain sync to try to get some light streaks.
In the first case I set my shutter where it needs to be -- probly around 1/60 for images where there isn't much movement or 1/160 if there is movement -- I push my ISO as high as I feel comfortable going and I use the strobe to fill in whatever light is needed to get proper exposure on the subject.
Here's an example taken at 50mm, 1/50, f/2, using the strobe on low power:
In the other case, I set my ISO low - usually in the 50-200 range, and drag my shutter out to 1/10 to 1/2 sec typically, popping the flash at the end of the exposure which freezes the subject.
Here's an example taken at 35mm, .4 second, f/4.5 using the strobe on high power:
Hopefully that helps some