Unexpected group shot –
My favorite subjects are children, from toddlers to teenagers. Not formal portraits, but photos of youngsters having fun, making their world a happier place. A recent assignment took me to an elementary school for a special program. I’ve shot similar events countless times. The toughest part is that I have no idea what each class is going to do or where they’re going to do it, so I must be extremely mobile.
I briefly shot standing in front of the stage, and kneeling or sitting on the floor. I moved from left to right and backed up the middle aisle. At the finale, I didn’t have time to change to a wider lens or add an external flash, so I moved back as far as possible and shot several photos.
I used an 18 – 55mm lens with my camera set on P (Program), ISO 400 and the built-in flash popped up.
Note: The camera flash is not powerful enough to light the entire group from that distance, so I credit the lighting boost to stage lighting and available light from the cafetorium.
Little cutie –
There was cuteness overload at the elementary school assignment and I had no problem capturing a camera full of cute. I just moved close and shot this little singer with my camera set on P (Program), ISO 400 and with the flash popped-up.