It’s Wednesday and I’ve only just finished cropping and correcting all the images from the Newmarket Dance Festival. All 1800 images! The event went about as smoothly as I could have wished for, we shot a huge amount and managed to keep on top of the prints and orders on the day. I’ll say again what I said at the time to any parent who’d listen, these kids put most adult professional models to shame. They smiled, hit their marks and jumped as many times as requested.
From my point of view it was also a great example of what Shoot Anything is about – I’ve never covered an event like this before, have no direct experience dance, but still managed to get the shots everyone wanted.
We did have a certain amount of luck on the day as the organisers kept the bacon sandwiches flowing (I know, I know!) and we had plenty of space. When shooting anything involving movement you need as much space as possible. Even with a wide and high background you’ll always run out of it just when you need it most, but on top of that you’ll need space to have the lights out of shot and far enough away to be even. So what starts out as a tennis court sized room can soon have a light in each corner and a photographer in the hallway!
Shown in the photo here, is one of any shooting days first tasks – shooting a colour chart for reference later when processing the images. Even though the space we shot in was white, with very little coloured kickback, the main hall it was attached too had deep green walls, not a colour you ever want reflected onto people.