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

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MayaTlab0
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Re: At what events / occasions did you shoot the most images?

Mark_A wrote:

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

I don't recall using very slow shutter speeds and I don't think that I was experimenting much when shooting these sessions to be honest - I didn't have the time to "fail" and was already stressed enough. I do remember though trying to avoid excessively fast shutter speeds so that the dresses were slightly (just slightly) blurred during fast movements, the photos are on one of my drives now but if i'm correct I was shooting a lot at speeds around 1/160th, 1/250th or so. I never tried to freeze the picture, a bit like propeller blades or wheels (as you most probably noticed shooting motorsport it's weird when the wheels show no motion blur).

That said if I wanted to get great pictures out of flamenco dancers... I think that I'd rather do it during a session dedicated to that purpose only instead of an event. It's a bit like when I ask people to take some really weird pose so that they actually look more natural in a photo, or fix their clothes with pins and clamps in the back, while their natural self or the way the clothes' fabric naturally drops just wouldn't work, if you see what I mean.

One thing though if you ever go to a staged event and you're not quite confident in your capabilities : go to the dress rehearsal and / or explore the theatre beforehand.

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've shot two weddings so far for friends who simply couldn't budget a photographer. I was most likely a lot less crap at it than uncle Bob but probably still quit rubbish.

NEVER AGAIN (well I can't say no to friends without the budget but I hope to run out of friends intending to marry one day). Hat's off to all the wedding pros who produce brilliant results while hiding all their hard work behind a facade of effortlessness.

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