Rebelution, Collie Buddz and Ballyhoo! unwind at Red Hat Amphitheater in Raleigh, NC
Working in the photo pit is akin to going to prison to become a hardened criminal. If you don’t know your gear, you’ll soon learn or self destruct.
During this session I found out where the Live View button was and how to turn it on and off. I found it because my camera suddenly had a different display on the LCD and I couldn’t make it work. I could tell it had something to do with the movie making capabilities of the camera, but I was in the middle of my 9 minute shoot with Collie Buddz and I couldn’t stop so I dropped it, (I’m using a Black Rapid Harness which holds two cameras at each side of my torso), grabbed my second camera, and continued to document the performance.
Once the set was over I looked at the buttons more closely and found the culprit, making a mental note to look up this button in the manual once I was home. I have, and now at least I’ll be better prepared next time. The manual is over 600 pages long. I just have to get through it bit by bit, but learning things this way…you don’t forget.
I also blew a quarter of the second set as I had somehow changed my f-stop from f4 to f14. Which I corrected, but sadly I’m not a chimper, which means I don’t keep checking my LCD screen after every exposer. I set things in advance at home as I pack my bag then fine tune when on location as the action starts. Then I’ll check once after about 20 exposures then I’m off and running. So if unpredictable changes occur within my camera settings I’m screwed. I don’t know how that happened. Probably just a heat of the moment thing. A warning from the universe for me to be mindful. But I swear I was… I swear!
DJ Mackle kept the magic flowing before and in between.
Gear and settings. I’m now using two 5D Mark IVs. The lenses for this one was the Canon 16-35mm 2.8 and the 24-70mm 2.8. For Ballyhoo! the settings were: 1/400 sec; f/8; ISO 1000. When Collie Buddz came on the sunlight had dimmed and things looked flat. The lighting engineer thought it prudent to reserve electricity and not light the talent so I had to find adjustments to brighten up the whole scene: 1/400 sec; f/4.0; ISO 3200. Once editing in post, it was necessary to bring some contrast to the images and make them look like they had light on stage. By the time Rebelution arrived, it was darker out and they were lit. Still, it was still a bit dark and complex but I managed it with: 1/320 sec; f/5.0; ISO 3200.