About once a year, at my school we have this event called "Humans versus Zombies", whereby there are these "missons" that occur in the dark at night. I've been trying to capture what goes on there:
This event only happens once a year; so I'm more than willing to rent some equipment if that would be helpful in making the shot better. The problem is that the following typical means of working on low light don't work:
- Flash - This gives a shot with extremely bright grass right in front of me, with dark players behind that. Granted, I'm using the Nikon D7000's pop-up flash, so I'm sure it's a bit wanting in terms of "big boy flash power", but I seriously doubt any flash will produce reasonable looking shots outside with no nearby surfaces from which to bounce the light.
Even if there was some flash that would work here, players would want to shoot me (and not with a camera) for ruining their night vision with bright flashes.
- Tripod - I've got to be running around constantly in order to follow the players around campus in order to get anything decent.
- High(er) ISO - The camera's already maxed out at ISO 6400 -- any higher and the shots are unusuable, even after substantial toughup in Lightroom. (Yes, the camera goes higher than that, but beyond that is unusuable)
That to me seems to leave only "body", "lens", and "luck". I'm already using a pretty decent DSLR for low light scenarios, Nikon's D7000. My lens could probably be better; mostly I've been using the 18-100mm f/3.6-5.6 kit lens it came with. I'm willing to rent better versions of either or both. I'd also be looking to consider anything I can do in terms of using the camera I've got to make the shots better.