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06-03-2011, 08:08 AM   #1
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Iso setting on K1000

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Tonight I am going to be doing some low light photography in a club, I am taking my K1000 just to experiment loaded with HP5. I am pretty certain I will have to push this film to 800.

My question is, shall I set the ISO setting on the shutter speed selector to 400, which the film is rated at, or 800 which is the speed I will probably end up pushing the roll of film to?

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Pushing one stop isn't that much with HP5, you could set the ISO at 800 and then proces it normaly. The film can handle that. You also could try to push it to 1600 and then push process. You do get some nice results with that.
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What Macario said... and yes, you set the ISO on the camera to the speed you want to meter at, i.e. 800 or 1600.
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So set to 800 and process normally as 400, or set to 1600 and push to 800?

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instructions here
http://www.focusfoto.com.br/downloads/HP5_Plus.pdf
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So set to 800 and process normally as 400, or set to 1600 and push to 800?

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set to 800 and process normally or set to 1600 and push to 1600
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Though not ideal for low light conditions you can get good results using your K1000's exposure meter.
The large expanses of dark areas in the typical club scene will tend to "fool" your meter.
It is important to get in as close as possible to your subject when metering.

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Thanks Chris,

I noticed that, in very dark areas the light meter would just register as being ideal lighting ie in the middle of the meter. I had to wing it and just use f2.2 and a shutter speed of around 1/30. Probably too low and all my shots are going to be under exposed but we will see.

Whats the best idea when photographing for example a crowd shot? Have a stock setting that you know will work, say aperture wide open and say shutter speed of 1/30sec or 1/60sec?

Thanks for your help, next step, pushing the film and seeing the results!

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Extreme low-light and club photography is quite challenging.
My experience is minimal, but I usually got one or two keepers per roll.
One of my existing-light concert photos was once published in a book
not because it is particularly good, but because no other photos of that tour exist.

The crowd at most venues is less well-lit than the stage,
so movement blur at slow shutter speeds is a concern.
A small flash (when allowed) can be used effectively, but may ruin the "mood".

It might take several visits to start getting a good percentage of keepers.
Given all the variables involved I suggest you bracket your exposures.
Assuming you are not using a tripod a good starting point is wide open at your slowest hand-holdable speed.

Chris

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