Sorry I was out and about most of the day. I will have to read everything more careful tomorrow. Couple problems. We were in auditorium type seating so where we were sitting there was no option for using any sort of tripod or monopod. The seating also threw out any chance of getting up and getting closer...it was a college graduation for graduate degrees (masters or doctorates) and yeah, it wasn't going to happen. I had originally taken some practice shots when we got there, but they dimmed the lights when the ceremony started and so that made it even worse :( I did have my flash, but at the distance we were at it wasn't showing up at all so I took it off because it was just adding weight.
I luckily saw her when they were getting ready and used my flash and got a couple of good pictures, but none turned out of when she walked across the stage or was standing in line before she walked across. Also then we took a couple of family shots and it was just a combo of things. People looking the wrong way or moving and the light was fine on that. I had my 35 f1.8 on at that time, but when I handed it to my sister in law I should have thought to put it on auto, but instead it was probably on like f8 and not shooting fast enough for someone that has a 10 year old P&S.
Anyway I was just disappointed overall. It was really the first important type shooting I have done indoors with some poor lighting and it really whooped me. I know of things that could have been done, but other then cranking the ISO all the way up I couldn't do much of the other options. Under the controlled settings I put my flash on and got some good pictures, but it was when the lighting was bad and stuff that it sucked. Lol more of a complaint at myself overall and not any equipment. A couple pictures could have turned out better if I had been thinking or paying attention more (like checking them on my LCD after I took them).
Oh yeah and no doctorate for the wife. Time for me to work on my masters though maybe. It made me proud and a little jealous at the same time.