Question about Canon EOS Rebel K2 35mm SLR Camera
I need to know exactly what settings are best for my SLR film camera when I am taking group portraits inside a gym with fluorescent lighting.
Appature settings are never precise because they constantly need to be adjusted to suit the individual lighting conditions, in other words it is impossible to make a blanket statement for the best fstop and shutter speed to use for florescent lighting since that would depend on the size of the room ambient light the number of florescent lights and the distance to the target. As a rule of thumb these cameras have reasonably good light sensors so setting them to auto and pressing the button halfway should show you a display of the recommended fstop and shutter settings. I would recommend then bracketing from these settings. Bracketing is the process of taking several shots while varying the exposure settings to "passthrough" the optimal settings. Usually if you have a good idea what exposure will work a three step bracket is all that is required.
Example (based on outdoor exposure):
Optimal settings show shutter at 500 fstop at 16
Bracket picture 1:
shutter 250 fstop 16
Shutter 500 fstop 16
Shutter 1000 fstop 16
There is also a handy rule of thumb for exposure settings
Note that this also changes based on type of film
See the following chart for iso 400 film fstop of 16:
Bright sunlight: shutter 1/2000 th or just 2000
Partly cloudy: about 1/500th or 500
Overcast:1/125th or 125
Medium source (open window on a sunny day): 60
Inside light: 30
Low light: 15 up to 1"
Hope that helps
Posted on May 02, 2008
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