Small sampling (not so small anymore with nearly 1000 more added) of the nearly 2000 taken. Additional are being added as time permits and I'll list the date here last updated. ***More photos added on 11/25 6PM***
2 different cameras were used with different focal lengths. Each camera's set is grouped together so make sure to go through the entire album to see both.
I'm often asked how I shoot these. It's more difficult than senior pictures for sure. It's more similar to events like a wedding or sports. Just like sports, the lighting and the speed of the actors movements determines the best settings and is never the same between events. Unlike sports the lighting is changing constantly with stage lights coming on and off and increasing/decreasing in brightness as well as changing colors and swirling or /and moving around and then if that isn't enough using spot lights some times all happening at any given unpredictable moment. That provides the most challenges and you constantly need to make changes based on what you see taking place. Do the best you can and the rest you address during editing. Editing is dealing with the colored lights and the color cast on the performers, dark areas and spot lights etc. as most scenes are not evening lit. Adjusting what you can while not impacting the artists intentions but toning it down appropriately from the camera's interpretation. With uneven lighting bringing up the shadows and toning down the hot spots is key. I edit each photo for all of these things and it takes some time for sure. These events keep one on their game. Personally I think if you can cover sports (for me that's soccer) under any lighting and weather conditions at night and during the day inside/outside you've seen it all and can do just about anything.
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