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Not Actually Borges
05 January 2010 @ 01:30 pm
Photographers, I was wondering if you could give me some tips on "nightlife" photography. From my experience on NYE, it's generally too dark in a club to use auto-focus or look through my viewfinder. So I'm usually aiming blind with my lens' focus ring turned to about where I expect it to hit my subject right. Which means I often end up with shots like this:

(focus slightly off)

(focus off, image off center resulting in an ugly crop)

(focus decent on the guy, off on the girl)

Also, my flash tends to hit my subjects really glaringly. Is that something I'm doing wrong? Or is that a problem you always have to compensate for in post?

My setup NYE was: Canon Rebel D400, EF-S 18-55mm lens, Speedlight 430ex ii flash with one of those printable bounce cards and a bit of wax paper to soften the light.