Brooksby Melton College Fashion/Hair Show 2012
I while ago I had been contacted by a model that I previously worked with on a shoot. She was going to be modelling in a hair/fashion show at Brooksby Melton College and asked if I would like to go along and be a photographer there. As this was something completely different to anything I had done before, I agreed to do it as I thought it would be a great opportunity to try something new and add to my photography experience.
The show was due to start at 7pm, and I had planned to arrive at about 6 to get a few shots before the show. I did encounter a bit of traffic and as I had never been to the area before, I had to find exactly where I was going and where I could park. Google maps came to the rescue for me again on this.
After a quick setup, I managed to get a few shots before the show, but then the models had to go backstage and get prepared for the show.
I went into the theatre and was told that the front row was reserved for photographers and that flash photography was not allowed. My initial thoughts after sitting down were that the lighting was terrible and I'd be lucky to get anything half decent using the kit I had taken with me.
When the show actually started, the lights got a bit brighter and I managed to quickly adjust my settings in camera accordingly. I still had an issue with the lighting in that it was darker at the back of the stage than at the front, so I picked a happy medium and had the photos taken at the back slightly darker and the photos at the front slightly brighter, knowing I should be able to fix it pretty easily in post production.
It was a good evening, and I think I did ok for my first time at anything of this nature. It was an interesting experience to work within the constraints placed upon you by someone else. I normally like to be able to control most things when I shoot. It was also good experience in being in a pressure situation, albeit not as intense as say shooting a wedding. I knew that if I didn't get it right, there would be no second chances to get the shots as the models would have been and gone from the stage.