15/365 February 22 2011 Girl Eating Donut. Event photography is hard. People love my work with models and wish they could do it like I do. But I find event photography to be very hard, challenging, fun, and very easy. It is very easy to point a camera at a herd of people and go "click". Getting something to keep and enjoy is the hard part. What else is hard? Well. You can't control the lighting, you can't control where people are or what their background looks like, you sometimes can't control if people walk in front of your lens as you press the shutter. And you can't pose people for candid shots, well, not most people.
So, what am I doing to counter all that? I use the light that is there, sometimes I add light. Sometimes I put up with the grain at a higher iso and dream of the day when I have the next new, better camera body in my hands. I use a variety of lenses, wide, long,fast and uber fast. Most of the night here, I shot with a medium long telephoto zoom. It gives me enough distance to get people to forget about me and wide open it is pretty fast. For this shot, I was using a 50mm lens so I have to get close enough. I wait and when the moment is right, I turn, aim and click. I had the auto focus point pre-selected so that I could take a shot and leave without being noticed. I used no additional light, no flash. This image was processed in Adobe Photoshop Lightroom 3 with adjustments including a more pronounced tone curve and pushing both fill and blacks as well as clarity and noise reduction.
What am I really trying to do with candid shooting at an event? I am trying to capture people how they are in an interesting way. They know I'm there, I get them to forget for the most part and let them be people.
Pentax K7, smc FA 50mm F2.4 lens at ISO 800, F1.4 1/320