This week has been super hectic with photography, so its been really good that I didn't have school to add to the craziness. I had some great shoots this week and got to photograph a dance Charity event last Saturday. As well as, I got to try out my new studio backdrop set up for a couple of shoots. Also, I got to finally practice my shutter speed when I was photographing the dance event. For those that don't know the shutter speed basically helps you snap the picture really fast so its really good for capturing movement in photographs. Today, I will be showing you pictures I captured from the charity event, and some of the shoots I did this week with my photography backdrop.
If you have read my previous posts you know that Mondays at the gym are my favorite because of my Dance Fusion/ Zumba class. This charity event last Saturday was for the Edmonton Food Bank and was a free Dance Fusion class for anyone. The creator of Dance Fusion, Antonio Messam decided to create this dance event for his birthday that happened to be that past week. He gave me the opportunity to shoot some pictures of the event which I really appreciate, so thank-you to him! It was an amazing turn out, which I'm not surprised because the class is so fun. Even if your not the best dancer the music just gets you pumping. Not going to lie, I was quite nervous just because I never really practiced using the shutter speed and I wasn't sure if I was going to get very good images. Here are a few shots that I got:
A lot of the images were taken at a shutter speed of 1/250. Some were higher or lower depending on what the dance move. As for the class itself, I would recommend this class to everyone because it does not feel like your exercising it just feels like your having fun. If your interested in Dance Fusion I recommend checking it out at World Health Club in Edmonton. I had a fun experience learning the shutter speed through this process and I am happy the way the photos turn out. However, I always think there is room for improvement!
As for my new backdrop set up, I could not be more satisfied with the product. I am still learning about photography and I know how expensive equipment can get but I found this product for a very affordable price as I am a student and I am quite happy with it. The product I got was the CanadianStudio Photo Studio Continuous 2-Head Umbrella Lighting Light Black/White/Green High Key Muslin Backdrop Stand Kit . Now I know this is not the best product out there but one of the things I've learned through my experience is learning to work with what you got, which ultimately makes you better photographer. In my opinion though the lighting and the whole set up is very workable and I am loving it. It comes with a black, white, and green backdrop. I used the white backdrop for my photoshoots this week and I am really happy with the turn out. These are how the some of the pictures turned out after editing.
Nothing but laughs with these two girls. They were so fun, and made my job very easy. The only thing I would say about this backdrop is that it would need to be ironed here and there as it can become wrinkled. In addition, I would of liked if the backdrops were as wide as the stand itself but they are a bit smaller and there is not much of it extended on the bottom where people stand. I had to use another white sheet to extended the length. I would say that this stand is good to photograph no more than four people, I think that could still require some editing as four may not fit either. So I say 3 people is a safe number to take pictures with this stand. Other than that the stand holds up well and works beautifully.
If you want to see more of this shoot and other ones like it check out the Mini Sessions in my Portfolio by clicking on the button below.
All in all, this week was filled with a lot of great opportunities for photography and I could not be more grateful. Its a little bit of a shorter post today, but I thought I'd let you guys in on my reading week away from school. Let me know if you guys liked the pictures! more will be up on my Facebook and Instagram which are linked down below. If you would like to see more photography posts/reviews like this please let me know or if you have suggestions on what you guys would like to see for my next post let me know as well:) hope you guys enjoy your weekend, and for all you college/university students enjoy the rest of your reading week!