Nikon D7500 + 35mm f/1.8G @ 18mm, ISO 1000, 1/40, f/6.3
Music does a lot of things for a lot of people. It’s transporting, for sure. It can take you right back, years back, to the very moment certain things happened in your life. It’s uplifting, it’s encouraging. It’s strengthening.
– Aretha Franklin
This is an image from a recent shoot that I did with a friend for her birthday…
I was so nervous. She arranged for us to shoot at a theater and it was beyond intimidating. I was so nervous that I almost cancelled. When I make images for work there are no expectations. I shoot what I see in the space that I have… There’s no pressure. When you shoot for someone else, you want everything to go perfectly. I’ve never shot in a theater in a low light situation like this before.
This was my first time inside the theater, so I wasn’t sure what to expect. It looked like a typical theater – stage, curtain, seating, lighting, etc. While Tea’wanda got dressed, I wandered around and tested my camera to check my settings and get a feel for the space.
After each shoot, I like to think about what I could’ve done better/differently…
- I should’ve taken more environmental shots. Stepping back and making an image of Tea’wanda playing the piano on the stage would’ve done a lot to enhance the story.
- I need to do burst shots. There were more than a few images that looked sharp on my camera but not on the computer.