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Photography: Gareth Gates Photo shoot

Wednesbury Christmas Lights 2014 (3)

If you  read my blog post at the weekend, you’ll know I did a photo shoot on Friday when the Christmas Lights were switched on by Gareth Gates. This first photo was fairly easy and I could take my time getting the camera setting right. I chose a fast setting of 1/30 of second and a high ISO (3200) and a wide aperture.

I soon gave up thinking about settings and used the sports setting. The camera worked out the settings then, but with sports it tries to do a fast shutter speed. It chose similar settings to me, but adjusted them for every shot.

Singer at the Wednesbury Christmas Lights 2014

I still don’t know who these singers were, but they were very good. I tried to zoom in quite close. I used the 18 – 105 lens that I bought recently. I could have got in closer or cropped some off in editing. It’s not a bad shot though.

Singers at the Wednesbury Christmas Lights 2014

I was able to try a different angle and zoom in more, but I think it’s worse not better!

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We were told the press photographer in this picture is quite well known. He was wandering around, like me,  taking pictures of the market before the big act arrived.

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Gareth Gates

I got into position well before the big act arrived It was of course, Gareth Gates. I tried to zoom in from where I was to get some good shots, but the press photographers got the celebrities posing before they went on stage and they had a better position on the other side of the barrier.

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I did my best from the crowd and zoomed in when I could. I tried shots with the flash and without, it made little difference. I needed to be nearer.

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It’s impossible to get sharp pictures when people are moving and even keeping the camera still in a crowd isn’t easy.

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That snow left marks on my lens, I cleaned it well today!

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You can sometimes get a sharper picture, by waiting for the movement to stop for a moment.

Crowd at Wednesbury Christmas Lights 2014 (128)

I was in a crowd and they were moving around a lot too! It was very good though and I learnt a little more about photographing events at night. I kept warmer this year, with all my thermals and fingerless gloves!

What do you think? Please share your thoughts in the comments box. You can also follow me on Twitter. I might be photographing another celebrity next week. I’m not saying who, I might beat the press boys this time!

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2 Responses

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    January 13, 2015 at 07:40

    • Hi Rajat,

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      January 13, 2015 at 12:01

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