My wife and I were invited to a birthday party for one of our close friends on Boxing Day. As usual, I brought my camera along with me, just in case…
One of the things that I have noticed is that nobody likes a flash going off all the time. It can be distracting. I also have had situations where lighting was rather crappy and if I didn’t have a flash, i would not be able to get a decent shot.
So we have a bit of a trade-off:
go in with a zoom lens with a range of about f3.5-f5.6 or more and take my chances with flash;
or attach my trusty prime with f1.8 and see what we can do without flash.
I went with my nifty-fifty. I still had to be very aware of lighting but it was much more flexible and forgiving. Up the ISO a bit and we have some decent shots. One thing that is very different when using a prime lens is that you need to actually move around for composing and framing more than with a zoom.
I have a few shots from the event using my 50mm f1.8 with no flash: