Ellis Paul: Tough shoot!
5 months ago
I recently photographed a performance by Ellis Paul and his friend Radoslav Lorković. It was a challenging assignment for a couple of reasons. It wasn't one of the usual lighting techs who is nice about setting light levels favorable to taking photos. The guy who did it this time decided he wanted "atmosphere" to reflect the folk/acoustic nature of the music (RE: light levels not much more than his own living room LOL). The result was I had to intentionally underexpose most of the photos and pull them up in PP. Not a nice thing to do to E520 files.
Adding to this was the fact that Ellis Paul is a very animated performer, moving back and forth and side to side quite a bit. So the lower light and resultant lower shutter speed made timing captures more challenging. After reviewing a lot of OOF and motion blurred shots, I tried switching to C-AF and burst mode. This did increase the number of keepers though the actual keeper percentage went down.
Here are a few of my favorites from the shoot.