Low light (Flash question)


macrumors 65816
Original poster
Aug 16, 2004
I don't like taking photos inside in the dark, but I'm going to be forced to for an event. Not forced, but I was asked :)

Situation: Bar, low light, night

Equipment: Nikon D50, SB-600 flash, Nikkor 18-55, Nikkor 28-200

Any suggestions as to what I can do to get max quality out of the event?

Chip NoVaMac

macrumors G3
Dec 25, 2003
Northern Virginia
Depends on how far you are from the "action". You may need to boost the ISO to 400 or 800 (maybe even 1600) to get some distance with your flash.

Give us more details if you can.


macrumors 6502a
Dec 28, 2004
Central Pennsylvania, USA
Well, run at a fast ISO 1600 and use a fast lens f/1.8 or better. You wont want to have your shutter slower than 1/60 sec or the pics will probably be blurry.

I would strongly suggest you shoot in RAW if possible to bump the brightness when you convert it to .tiff or .jpg.

If you can use a flash, do it.