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Old 30-09-2008, 12:27   #1 (permalink)
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Q: How do you photograph a birthday?

My baby boy's first birthday is coming up on 5th of October and we have organized for his birthday with friends and relatives. Approximate head count will 100 (adults and kids together). The birthday theme is Mickey Mouse and I have organized it so it would be like fair. We have invited a magician who will do his act for about 30 minutes, we will have popcorn machine, a cotton candy machine, a bouncing castle, and a pony. BTW, the party is obviously going to be outside from 5pm onwards. People aren't expected to start coming until about 5.30. Sunset it at 6.10!

So since I am the official photographer, I was thinking of using my kit lens and I guess flash will be necessary since it will be dark. What techniques do you suggest?

I will also have a video camera that will be on a tripod, but that is secondary.
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Old 01-10-2008, 04:57   #2 (permalink)
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Boy, looks like a really silly post... no comments at all
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I think you need to forget that its a Birthday and think that its more photographing people in low/no light

I am sure that if you do a search on that (and flash photography) you will find some results to get you started, and then from there we'll be able to fill in the gaps and help you get the results you are after.
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WOW that is one 1st birthday party, lots of money, look don't take this the wrong way, but you have spent all this money for a really special day and you are going to want some great memories, pay a little more and get a pro in with the right gear, you can then enjoy your childs party, does not mean you don't take pictures but does mean you get results.
But just not sure a 350D is up to it.
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Come on hoffy, 350D ain't bad, and besides, I don't think I can mess up the pics so much.

Also, the party is only for momies and kiddies... no daddies... In this part of the world, the fathers don't like to take part in stuff like that. If we were to invite them, I would estimate about only 20% or less would show up!
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Not my sort of photography at all but that has never stopped me giving "advice" before so ......

Why not try a dry run so to speak. If you an get even a few people together in a similar situation re lighting etc you can try a few shots and see what works and what does not.

Also if any of the mother have point and shoot cameras ask them to bring them and take some pictures as well. You never know it may work.

Do not forget to enjoy yourself and not to gwt too hung up with the pictures. You have many more years to do that as you sone is growing up.

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Also if any of the mother have point and shoot cameras ask them to bring them and take some pictures as well. You never know it may work.

Do not forget to enjoy yourself and not to gwt too hung up with the pictures. You have many more years to do that as you sone is growing up.
That is exactly what I am going to do. Ask my sister to get her point and shoot and enjoy myself!
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Your Sigma 50mm 2.8 macro will be good for some shots and lets more light in
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