A friend of mine is organizing a charity party for breast cancer and asked me to cover the night
the thing is since I got my dslr, I've never used flash (built in or external) even once.
Considering what I generally shoot, I have absolutely no reasons (and money) to offer myself a flash.
That is why I'll have to use the popup flash for the pics. The lighting will be very much like a nightclub environment (few spot lights and that's it..).
I had a few questions and hoped that flash gurus could suggest me some tips to get the best (even if its limited) out of my pop up flash.
1- AF or MF? The 'pre-focus-flash' burst is so annoying, AF is very long to acquire and my xsi often hunt.. what do you suggest?
2- WB to Auto or Flash?
Please tell me if I wrong, but I thought about using a slow shutter (1/10-1/30) and ~ISO400 or 800 with 2nd curtain flash to get the subject as well as the background lights
also, I tried putting a white card in front of the flash to bounce it off the ceiling which worked very well, except I was at home. The party room's ceiling might be much higher and not white, so is there a way to resolve this?
I might actually end up DIYing something like this :
which looks like fairly acceptable
any advices will be greatly appreciated!
thanks in advance!