I heart photography, and can’t wait for my cute stickers attesting to this fact to arrive in the mail, so I can start plastering them all over my universe (lockers, my laptop, the corner of my car’s window, etc.). Okay, not really. But while I do love the whole enchilada, I can certainly narrow it down a bit, and genuinely say that I’ve always been fascinated with taking people’s pictures. I guess I just like looking at people. Who knew?
I do some event photography for Muscibox Events (www.musicboxevents.com) from time to time. I love the music these guys put on, and the characters that are attracted to such an event are fantastic subjects to photograph. But (there’s always a but, isn’t there?), the lighting is a little tricky. And by ‘a little,’ I mean a lot. First off, how often have you been to a fun club that is well lit? Secondly, club lighting that is constantly changing in direction and intensity, oddly enough, means I need to keep readjusting my settings. And I just can’t seem to keep a certain range of settings on my camera and flash, and obtain a consistent look. So I’m all over the map with ISO, aperture, flash compensation, fong bong on – fong bong off, bounce flash, no flash, etc. In the end, I always get images I like, but I thought someone said this stuff was easy…..?
So I usually end up shooting in Aperture Priority (from wide open to f/4), around 1/30th or 1/40th of a second in rear curtain sync, with my flash firing either via Nikon’s CLS or using Cactus v4 radio triggers. I hunt around for an amount of light from my flash that doesn’t nuke the scene, and that is less than a nice, evenly-lit shot, and leave my flash at that setting. If in CLS I’m adjusting the flash compensation via the camera body, so that’s pretty quick and easy. Then I just play with aperture and sometimes shutter, trying and hoping to get some good shots.