If you’re lucky sometimes a service you’re asked to perform also turns out to be fun. This past weekend I had the opportunity to photograph a charity party/auction held at a local private home. The event ran from early evening into the night.
These circumstances made it interesting with constantly changing locations and lighting conditions along with the requirement of photographing as non-obtrustively as possible in available light, no flash.
For the event, I broke out my Nikon 14-24mm f/2.8 lens for about half the photos. I don’t know why I don’t use this lens more often — each time I do I fall in love with it all over. For indoors it’s a wonderfully sharp lens to capture full rooms and is fast enough for most conditions. I’d seriously thought of selling this lens last fall — I’m glad I didn’t!
My other go-to lens for the night was Nikon’s 24-70mm f/2.8…always a sharp and quick contender under any circumstances.
On my Nikon D600 I switched to shutter priority, 1/80 to 1/125 of a second, with high ISO limited at 3200 — letting the camera do the work from there. There wasn’t a single image eliminated due to blurred motion, under/over exposure or noise. But, there were photos eliminated for weak composition — the human link.
I was given the freedom of picking shots to record the event as well as formatting and post-processing decisions. A satisfying evening of photography.