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MINDFUL GIFTS 11 DEC 2015 (5)

Mindful Gifts – Darlaston

To become good at anything you need to gain experience and photography is no exception. I need more experience photographing events and I’ve done a few this year. This event was the opening of a Mindful Gifts shop in Darlaston. I wanted to show the shop and capture images of the event too. 

MINDFUL GIFTS 11 DEC 2015

The Fizzogs

It was cold and dull as we were entertained by the dance group, the Fizzogs, with their amusing routine. I used my new flash and it was set on TTL metering to give me just enough light. It can be adjusted to give a little more light or a little less light. It can also be set on manual, but TTL was better for this photo shoot. There were other amateur photographers but no press photographers at this shoot.

MINDFUL GIFTS 11 DEC 2015

If people pose for photos, you can use slower shutter speeds without getting blur, but I much prefer candid shots with natural facial expressions.

ST BARTS CHRISTMAS TREE FESTIVAL

The church on the hill that overlooks my house is very old, perhaps 800 years. Most of the features are Victorian, but it has a history dating back to Saxon times. I went to photograph the Christmas tree festival. I started by using my flash, again using TTL (through the lens) metering. I keep telling myself to check all of the settings when I change anything, but I forgot to check the settings when I decided not to use the flash.

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This is without the flash and so obviously darker. The pale cream walls are now almost yellow. It looked good on my preview screen, just darker, but now I see the mistake. I didn’t check the settings. I still had white balance set for flash and the ISO was the same too.

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Now, what are those lights? Incandescent or fluorescent or LED. They could even be something else. I set the white balance on fluorescent and the colours seem about right. If you leave your white balance on fluorescent and take shots in natural light they have a bluish tinge, which I got when bright sunlight came into the room at the town hall last week.

Merry Christmas santa

Merry Christmas

I cropped this picture quite tightly, so I just had Santa on his sleigh and then added the text using PhotoScape. There were lights on the sleigh and I had to use my Speedlight again to get lots of light and got a good photo for the first time! I take a photo every year and this was the first year I managed to get a good one! Experience counts!

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