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Thank you both! Jennifer, I will definitely check out your stuff.
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This was a dinky elementary school gym with a stage at one end, and there are no gel lights or real stage lighting of any kind, just tungsten light fixtures over the stage and fluorescent in the gym (yes, it's a white balance nightmare).
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You're right - not looking for composition help so much - my kid is the one in the middle so as long as she's in focus, I'm happy! <img border='0' src='/images/icons/grin.gif'>
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The image on my computer is very soft around the head and shoulders of each girl (where they were moving at the time), so I'm not sure a lower SS would have been a good idea, but I will definitely try that next time.
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Thanks!

This isn't too bad, like the pp said, it's just really hard to shoot movement in low light. I have almost the same equipment and got really grainy shots at my daughters this weekend. I would also recommend going to 1/125-that is where I leave my settings when shooting dance.
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Sometimes you just have to get the best you can and do a little photoshop boost. I get a lot of noise when shooting dance with my d50 but this doesn't look too bad.

I don't think it's bad. Well, besides for the fact that all the girls are facing the wrong way, but I am guessing you're posting an example so we can talk about settings, not composition.
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The lighting seems alright. You probably could have gone down to 1/125 or even 1/90 depending on how fast they're moving. Since your lens is relatively wide (what focal length was this one taken at?), you can afford to slow down your shutter a bit more than, say, if you're using some crazy zoom.
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Also, using 2.8 is shallow, so you're not going to be able to get every girl in focus. So you have to choose who to focus on and who to let be in the background.
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If this was your first attempt, I'd say you did quite nicely. IMHO the lighting isn't &quot;bad&quot;. (No lighting is bad, it's just either there or it's not.) It does seem a little harsh to me - were the lights white? Sometimes with recital pictures, it's nice to have some when the colored gel lights are shining, to really give the photos that look of being on stage.
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You're welcome to look at some of my photos (links in my sig). stuff like this isn't impossible. <img border='0' src='/images/icons/smile.gif'>

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Project - Dance Recital
by MergeLeft
posted 12/19/07 at 11:56 AM
Galleries: Photography

Help me get a better photo next time! Nikon D50 w/ Tamron 28-75mm 2.8 lens. 2.8, 1/160, ISO 800. Thanks!

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