My daughter graduated High School this past week. It was an amazing event of passage, reflection and understanding that, that day is now. So,very proud of her and all of the hard work that she has put into school work and community.
As a photographer trying to capture images to tell the story of her graduation, I ran across all the standard issues, bad light, bad color and fast motion. Though I found new challenges that I had yet to face in this phone camera world that we now live in.
The big one?
The arms out stretched, I ran across this one a few times. It ruined a few photos, though I adapted.
Behind these arms is my lovely talented daughter. Really!
Thankfully, this woman was not a constant and I was able sneak in some good photos of my daughter.
The other challenge, very similar to the above, though they are capturing video. This means that it isn’t a quick had raise to take a photo but an extend process of blocking. This then required me moving around a little bit, though thankfully it was a simple adaptation for a few photos.
Things to remember when shooting an event like this:
1) If possible take a preshoot, before the event. Take photos of the family and in this case the graduate before the event. Grab some moments before the big event.
2) Sit where you can adapt if needed. If you find yourself with a iPhone videographer in front of you. Don’t be afraid to change your prespective.
3) ISO is your friend. Especially, if you are shooting with a DSLR from the last few years. Bumping up your ISO to freeze the motion is often worth the grain trade off in the photo.
4) Experiment, make adjustments and find the right balance
5) Enjoy the event! (Unless of course you are being paid to shoot it, then just always be looking for that special moment)
Happy shooting and Congratulations Hanna! We love you!