Last Friday, 11 November 2011 (111111), was another private party at Hard Rock Cafe in Philadelphia for Davita. All I know about this company is that they are one of the largest dialysis treatment and support facility for people living with chronic kidney failure. I know it from my wife because she’s working for Davita in Philadelphia as an RN. I also have a lot of friends who are nurses and works as a dialysis nurse in Davita.
As people poured in Hard Rock Cafe for the occasion my friend, Eugene, and I took pictures. Some were posed and others were candid shots. Candid shots were difficult specially with the low light situation. You can use a long lens but your flash will be working harder to light a subject that is far. Using shorter lens which I did, was also difficult for candid because you were close to the subject and at time they were no longer candid because they knew you were taking their pictures.
For posed shots, I asked permission from people if it was fine with them to take their pictures. Majority liked their pictures taken and a few shied away. For this occasion I used my trusted Sony Alpha 850 with a fixed 50 mm F/1.4 lens and Sony HVL-58AM fitted with Gary Fong’s light sphere. My camera setup is mostly on F/5.6 and ISO 400 and my shutter speed was 1/20 second or lower. The shutter speed controls the ambient light that you want in the shot and the aperture pretty much was setup for the flash.