|Nikon D3, Sigma 120-300 mm f/2.8 DG EX APO IF HSM, ISO 6400, ƒ/3.5, 1/100|
The Citadel Ring Day Weekend
This weekend is the time the seniors at The Citadel get their rings. Most cadets go through the ring with their parents and date. My wife is going through the ring with my stepson and his date.
|Nikon D3s, Nikon 24-120mm ƒ/3.5-5.6, ISO 12800, ƒ/5.6, 1/80|
I can tell you that you are better off shooting without a camera flash. You are just too far away for it to make a difference. It would be best if you had a camera with an ISO of 6400 or higher to get a good sharp photo.
You may want a lens that covers 50mm to 200mm if you stand on the floor.
- Arrive early
- Take test shots at different White Balance settings.
- Custom White Balance is the best [blog on how to do that]. Also, the blog explains how to set presets as well.
- Set ISO up high, like ISO 6400 or higher. I shot the second photo at ISO 12800
- Keep shutter speed up, so shoot wide open with your aperture.
- Make test shots and take a look.
|Nikon D3, Nikon 24-120mm ƒ/3.5-5.6, ISO 6400, ƒ/3.5, 1/125–Two off-camera flashes on either side of the camera.|
Take photos other than going through the ring. Here I photographed them in the Quad of the Barracks.
|Nikon D3S, Sigma 120-300 mm f/2.8 DG EX APO IF HSM, ISO 6400, ƒ/2.8, 1/80|
The good news is the seniors get their rings in the afternoon before walking through the ring. Great time to practice in the same room; the photos will be that night. Here my son helps with name pronunciation.
|Nikon D3S, Sigma 120-300 mm f/2.8 DG EX APO IF HSM, ISO 3200, ƒ/2.8, 1/80|
Here he is getting the ring. The good news is when they are standing in the ring and walking down the carpet, there are more lights on them.
|Nikon D3S, AF-S NIKKOR 14-24mm f/2.8G ED, ISO 400, ƒ/8, 1/3200|
You will shoot many photos of your cadet holding the ring close to the camera. Be sure your aperture is pretty high. Here it is ƒ/8. The larger aperture helps keep their ring and faces in focus.
|Nikon D3, Nikon 24-120mm ƒ/3.5-5.6, ISO 1000, ƒ/5.3, 1/60–Two off camera flashes on either side of the camera.|
If your son/daughter isn’t a senior, this is a great time to practice a year or two earlier so that when your time comes, you are seasoned. If you get great photos, you can share them with the other families.
We are grateful to have all these photos to remember our son’s journey through The Citadel.