Hi Everyone, would like to share my experience (first pics too) and to get some feedback as well, a bit of a background, my buds and I went to a car show just recently so they could try out a new lens they had purchased a nikon 85mm, both my buds were using nikon cameras one with the aforementioned lens attached, the other was using a 35mm, I on the other hand had a 70-200mm lens attached to my camera, when I saw the way the exhibit hall was laid out, I immediately thought bringing the lens I had was a bad idea, but my buds insisted that it was ok, I would still be able to get nice pics just that i had to be standing "very far away" from my subject because of the length of the lens I had.
I had read a lot about photography at this point, read tutorials both here in CiC and elsewhere as well as books that I could get my hands on about the subject... so I was feeling a little arrogant enough to think I could handle shooting in manual mode, suffice to say my first shots looked like this...
truth be told, I thought they were ok, when I reviewed them on my camera screen, my buds showed me the pics they took and I was a little shocked that when they zoomed in the image stayed sharp on their's while mine was a blurred mess... my current settings when I took the pics above was Manual, ISO 200 and with a shutter speed of 1/10, took the shoots handheld... I thought I could get away with it because I had the IS turned on and that it would to my mind remove camera shake... or perhaps I wasn't focusing right?
after taking a few more shots and it still came up like the the above photos, I decided that I'd switch to Tv instead and let the camera do the thinking for the other variables, my buds were using full auto on the 35mm, while the other guy with the 85mm was on full manual (has considerably more experience than me) so here's a few that I took after switching from manual to Tv.
at this point I was quite happy with some of the photos I had taken, they remained sharp as I zoomed in, and I had attached an external flash, everything was looking peachy... I was I think getting as good an image as my buddies who were more experienced using their equipment... then I ran into this problem with the lighting...
for some reason or other I thought the shots were like night time shots with yellowish tinge to the image, I was thinking... I was seeing one thing, but my camera was seeing it differently... it was suggested by my buds that maybe the white balance was off on my camera (was set to AWB) so I thought ok, maybe I should set it differently... switched it up to tungsten light and changed my metering mode from evaluative to partial... because well the area was well lighted... this was what I got when I switched...
it looked closer to what I wanted or was seeing but the image captured by the camera to my mind appeared flat, colors didn't stand out, it was a little dark, so I switched back the white balance to auto, wandered around the trade hall and took more pictures..
my buds were going to call it a day, but I still couldn't get around the idea that there was this area in the trade hall that was not allowing me to get the pics that I wanted, so before we called it a day I went back took another shot at it...
at this point in the day there were a lot of other people taking pictures of this lovely lady and there was a considerable amount of external flash going off as people took photos of her, I was ready to give up and just call it a day, but luckily i found a spot where I took this picture..
the background still looked "noisy" but I could probably fix that during post processing (btw all the images i posted have not undergone PP yet... just wanted to share) I think I said "finally" out loud that she must have heard me and she decided to look right at me at which point, I brought my camera up and took my final pic for the day...
thank you for reading my considerably long post, just wanted to share my experience and if I had to do it differently I would bring a much shorter lens, be more proficient in using my external flash for some reason I could not switch it to full power, I had it set to 1/2 of its original output, read up more on lighting... and give manual mode another try.