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I'm currently in Rio de Janeiro for carnival where I will be attending carnival at the Sanbodromo. I have a Nikon D3000 with a 55-300 lens. I'll be around 50 to 100 meters away, overlooking the procession.

I'm an amateur photographer, but I would be remiss to waste such a wonderful chance by setting my camera to auto. Can anyone offer me any tips on the type of settings I should be using to produce colourful, vibrant, and bright photos?

The procession is fully flood-lit, and the performers form a cacophony of bright, vibrant colours. On some occasions there will be fast movement.

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A lot of "how to shoot it" will be subjective based on the results you want, but if it were me I would consider the following:

  • You'll be shooting at night, but if it's flood-lit you might be able to use relatively short shutter speeds...
  • ...on the other hand, you might not want to. Capturing some motion blur, especially with the vibrant colors, could be a great effect.
  • Camera stabilization is recommended. A tripod would be best, but if that's not possible you should see if you can use something like a Gorillapod.
  • Pay attention to the highlights in your photo. With lots of lights and potential long exposures, the opportunity to blow out the highlights to white will be present. Use the histogram to check your exposure.
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