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Old 02-17-2004, 07:56 PM
ilouy ilouy is offline
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Default Advise for shooting people during a carnaval

Dear all,
It will be carnaval in some days here in Sion. I'm not used to take people's shots during these kind of events... that is mostly during evenings and nights, outside.
I'm sure that this would be a great new experience for me to take my camera out these next evening to shoot costumes, smiles and animations.
I would like to get good advises from those who are used to do these king of shots.
Any help about material (zoom of fix focal lens?, tripod or not?,...) and also about attitude to get would be welcome.

Amicalement,
Isabelle
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Old 02-17-2004, 10:00 PM
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I would definitely say no tripod. With all the people moving around a tripod will just get in the way. Zoom lens will give you greater scope for grabbing candid shots. Take plenty of film and go to it. If you are using a digital camera with manual ISO (film speed) settings set it to the highest available value.
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Old 02-17-2004, 10:38 PM
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Default Re: Advise for shooting people during a carnaval

I thought that was forbidden by law in Switzerland too ;o)

I am not much of a people photographer but I do remember some tips I read long ago. I you hold a camera in your hand and look a person in the eyes that person can feel it in a very long distance. A camera make people very aware so use as small and discrete camera as possible and show it as little as possible. Also try to look in the corner of your eye until everything is ready for the final move, eyecontact also alerts the motive. It is a bit like taking wildlife pictures.

But please donīt shoot anyone!
Ebbe
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Old 02-17-2004, 10:39 PM
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"I you hold..." = "If you hold..."
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Old 02-18-2004, 09:40 AM
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Default Re: Advise for shooting people during a carnaval

> If you are using a digital camera with manual ISO (film speed) settings set it to the highest available value.

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My camera goes up to 1600 ISO , HI-1, HI-2
I don't remember what's the meaning for "HI-1" and "HI-2"... I have to look back in my user manual.
This will be a good opportunity to test the noise reduction capabilities of my D100. :-)

Thank you all for your interesting advises.
Have a nice day.
Isabelle
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Old 02-18-2004, 05:41 PM
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From what I have seen at my town's carnivals, a lot of photographers take a small ladder or a step stool with them. This enables them to be above the crowd of peoples heads.
Diana (cloverstar)
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Old 02-18-2004, 06:15 PM
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I'm assuming that a lot of the carnival will be in the evening or at night. If that is the case I would be inclined to try 800 ISO but try it out first.
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