At what events / occasions did you shoot the most images?

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Re: At what events / occasions did you shoot the most images?

MayaTlab0 wrote:

Mark_A wrote:

Hi Maya,

Both I, and my kit are not really suited to fast action landscapes and portraits are ideal subjects. I do try my hand at motorcycle racing though so I am not completely a "slowmo".

I imagine flamenco might take place indoors in less well lit areas, is that right? If so I expect you also have to boost ISO etc .. ?

Indeed. Stage lighting. Smoky bars. Or outdoors at night.

It's one of these things I'd rather have preferred to entirely direct and light myself but that wasn't what I was there to do :D.

When you were shooting 3-4k images from flamenco what was your purpose? was it for pleasure or did you want to sell the images to the performers?

I deeply hated it (would have rather watched the shows) but I did it benevolently nonetheless because I could do it :D. Didn't earn any penny from it. Although I did it for several years it's one of those "best friend asking you to shoot your wedding" kind of thing. Combined with my perfectible processing skills at the time, it made for results I'm not particularly proud of today. But still a lot better than what they had gotten otherwise :D. I really like the aesthetics of Flamenco and may go back to it for personal work at another time, but in my own terms. It can really make for killer photographs.

I can imagine great photographs, the dresses, the poise, the faces and hair and the movement. Do you ever experiment with slower exposures?

I have a Spanish friend who is always liking flamenco dancing on LinkedIn so I see it, I am sure LinkedIn is supposed to be for dull business type things but she persists, I like it actually.

The double purpose was to create a number of shots that could promote the association (flyers for example), and if possible a sufficiently large number of extra shots so that every dancer (some pros, some amateurs, at various levels) would be able to recognise themselves, hence the volume. I think that someone who would have wanted to sell the pictures would have had a similar shooting rate, but may have been more committed (at the risk of disturbing the audience).

Interestingly selecting the pictures wasn't that hard. Perhaps Flamenco has a role to play here. In general pictures fell into just two categories : crap (pose not timed properly and a face without or with too much "duende") or good (good pose, good facial expression).

I've learnt to say "no" to these things, they really sap any enjoyment out of photography for me. But I now have a deep, deep admiration for people shooting events of any kind.

Yes, me too. And I have learnt a lot from this thread, some photographers are really approaching their event shooting processing and promotion in a very organised and massive way and my hat is off to them for it. I might never have a go, but at least I now have an idea of what is involved.


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