Last night I photographed a party. Let me take you through that: it is useful to see a real-life shoot as it unfolds.
This was a very quick, rushed shoot: hardly any time at all to set up.
I had two cameras:
- 1Dx (full frame) with 16-35 lens;
- 7D (crop camera) with 24-70 lens.
That means effectively I had 16-35 and 35-105 mm available, i.e. 16-105 in one continuous range. So the lenses were taken care of.
Now the lights. Seeing the need for speed, I quickly set up two speedlights in umbrellas, fired by Pocketwizards. In this example only the one on the left fired:
The final pics look like this:
That’s simple: One umbrella left, one umbrella right. We are looking for competent lighting here, not art. I did not use a meter; just set the lights to 1/4 power and adjusted ny camera settings (ISO, aperture) to that.
Note the mom in the first shot. My shoot was hindered big time by all the moms taking iPhone shots. A trend more than ever before.
Then the rest of the shoot: the 16-35 with one on camera flash bounced against what walls there were.
Easy in some rooms, harder in the ballroom since it had a high, black ceiling. So I started at 400-40-4 modified to 800-40-4: i.e. a camera setting of 800 ISO, 1/40 sec, f/4. That extra stop comes in handy when you are bouncing off high or dark ceilings. Like here, in the middle of the ballroom
Sometimes, I switched to mood lighting: simply increase the shutter speed to darken the ambient light, and the aperture smaller (or lower flash compensation, when on TTL) if you also want less flash:
All in all, a competent shoot.
With some fun too: A panning shot., 1/30 sec and I follow:
The ghosting lends it an interesting effect; and the subject is sharp first because I am panning; second because she is lit mainly by my flash, which is 1/1000 second or faster.
I had just enough time to produce prints for the parents, on my little Selphy printer. All good.
And then quick post work an on to the next assignment!
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