Photography: Gareth Gates Photo shoot
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.
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.
I was able to try a different angle and zoom in more, but I think it’s worse not better!
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.
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.
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.
It’s impossible to get sharp pictures when people are moving and even keeping the camera still in a crowd isn’t easy.
That snow left marks on my lens, I cleaned it well today!
You can sometimes get a sharper picture, by waiting for the movement to stop for a moment.
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!