Low-key Lighting – Steampunk Revisited

Only two more weeks until Snowbound Blues (www.snowboundblues.com) goes down in Rochester. Genevieve and I have been putting the final touch-ups for our team’s choreography and making sure that everyone knows each and every eight count to the routine. Surprisingly, we were actually a little bit ahead on schedule so we have been able to take it easy this week and focus a bit more on giving feedback for individual dancers.

I’m pretty proud of this team because for the majority of them, it is their very first time performing or being part of a dance troupe. Combining their relative team inexperience with having to deal with a fanatical dance coach couldn’t have been very easy this past semester. I’m surprised they didn’t mutiny and throw me overboard.

The best part for me about doing this project really has been seeing the team bonding and after-practice drink fests, re-affirming my belief that nothing brings people together faster and better than drinking and dancing.

Low-Key Photography and Lighting

Oh yah… we did an impromptu photo-shoot before doing dress rehearsals for this week’s practice. Pretty simple stuff – low-key lighting using one off-camera flash fourty-five degrees top-left of the subject. To create a darker background, I increased the shutter speed to allow less light in so that the light coming from the flash would be more pronounced.

If I had to do it again I would have probably brought a second flash to light behind the subject towards their hair just to separate the background more from the subject but like in every run and gun photography session, it’s always a juggling act of trying to find the right amount of equipment to bring.

– Randy

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