As a high school senior, I will be attending prom with a group of about seven or eight friends. We have agreed to go to the beach and take "epic" pictures. As a perfectionist, I plan on nailing this photoshoot. I have until May 22 to prep, so I've come to CiC for advice on anything...composition, exposure, lens selection, poses, candids, etc. I am limited to the pop-up flash on my D80, and lenses are listed in my signature. My tripod is older than me, but it is sufficient. Boys in tuxes and girls in dresses. Our schedule consists of staying at the beach from 5:15 to 6:00 PM, about when the sun is a couple degrees above the horizon.
As for prom, I will certainly be using my 50mm f1.8. I will try to fit all of this on my 4gb Sandisk Extreme III, shooting in raw. My camera tells me 326 shots, and my understanding is that it is a conservative estimate. I only plan on keeping under 200. thank you digital cameras - I'm glad I wasn't born any earlier .
The girls really like to see nice photos of themselves and their friends, and so do I for that matter . I was the primary photographer at our last dance (on a cruise ship) and I have definitely learned from my mistakes. I let the camera control ISO, and almost every single one of the shots were ISO 800 and exposure was increased by 1 or more stops in ACR. I'll lock on 1600 or 3200 this time - curse you Auto ISO! Of course, the beach pics will all be below ISO 800. When indoors, I almost always bounce the pop up flash off the reflective surface of my iTouch onto the nearest ceiling/wall.
DJs for high schools know that the only music that appeals to most teens nowadays is hardcore rap and hardcore hip hop. Sometimes I wish I was born twenty years earlier . Recently, they've stopped playing Micheal Jackson, the last surviving real music at teen dances (with the exception of slow dance).