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Old 16-07-2010, 02:02   #1 (permalink)
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Hi All,
I am a 34 year old budding photographer who owns a E330 and a flash gun.
Ever since I was young I have been interested in photography but since my boy friend brought me this camera a few years ago it has been a bit like all the gear with no idea.

My little cousin is having her 16th b/day party in a bar/nightclub so will probably be darkish.
She has asked me to take pictures of her and all the people coming into the party.
Of course I have agreed but I am slightly nervous that I will not get the camera setting or the flash gun settings right.

I don't think the poses will be a problem as most people her age are posers naturally lol.

could you please give me some tips on settings etc and how about shooting in RAW is this good or not.
I think I understand that RAW is when you shoot without and of the camera settings and can then change it later with your software.

I have corel paint shop pro x3
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Hi and welcome to Pixalo. I am not the guru of flash but obtain more than acceptable results with the following.

1 - I always shoot RAW (your description is just about spot on) since you can alter the WB etc afterwards.
2 - Manual
3 - f4 at 1/60 (for indoor)
4 - Adjust the ISO accordingly
5 - Adjust the flash compensation as necessary
6 - Case the joint beforehand, if possible.

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Welcome to Pixalo Beckiebooh

I'm not familiar with the capabilities of the E330 and your flash, but in addition to what Stephen has said, if the ceilings are not too high using bounce flash will give you better lighting than direct flash. If you use manual settings it will require the exposure to be increased. If your flash does not have a tilting head, a diffuser will soften the light and prevent harsh shadows.

When using RAW you still have to set the shutter speed and aperture, or use an auto or semi-auto mode, but white balance, exposure and a host of other things can be changed in the software. Again, not familiar with PSP X3, but if it does not have a RAW converter built-in, you will have to get one. It should not be seen as the complete answer as the changes do have limits, and working on every image will be very time consuming.

I think that practising in a darkened room will be to your advantage.
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Thank you for your advice guys I will post a couple of pics when I have them and I'm looking for constructive criticism.
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