I had the pleasure of taking photos at the talent show leadership event on February 16th where I got to work on some more of my skills. I took just over 250 photos an hour, which is what I’ve noticed to be the typical standard for myself as I have taken similar amounts for other events. The talent show provided me with many options of shots to take that I typically wouldn’t have. For example, I was switching between a fast prime (a lens that lets in a lot of light and cannot zoom in or out) and a telephoto zoom (a lens that lets in less light but can zoom really far in)most of the time to get both high quality shots of the performers with interesting effects from the stage lights as well as getting close shots of just the performers. Personally, I prefer the look of the wider shots, however the zoomed in ones have a really nice all black background that isolates the subject. Having these options is something to consider taking photos, as you don’t always know what your client wants or what they are expecting, so taking a variety of shots is usually the best idea.

In addition to the talent show, I also have had more time to reflect on the convention I took photos at a few weeks ago with my mentor and look over them. I narrowed around 500 photos to a top fifty, and that was definitely harder than taking the photos themselves. There were some I knew were good, but other where I was really debating or not to include them. Event photography isn’t just about taking photos, it’s also about the process after. As a reminder, on this event I was a second shooter and Mark wanted me to focus more on the details of the event and get more unique angles, as he was mostly focused on getting people interacting.

Finally, I took photos at my air cadet squadron’s recent CO’s (Commanding Officer) Parade where I took photos as part of the public affairs team. It was much more similar to the convention I took photos, as often times I was able to get close with other people to take photos of them. This time, a lot of the photos were more staged as there were awards handed out and promotions given, which allowed people to pose for the camera at more times. Around 200/500 photos I took were staged shots, which isn’t necessarily a bad thing, in fact it’s better, as I now have a variety of shots to choose from.

Here is a link to some photos from all of these events: https://drive.google.com/open?id=1y_rm7ffL7X0Oyv5S5qPOQgoNfUVujKwE

(I will post the rest of the talent show pictures once I have finished sorting through and editing them)

I terms of being mentored by Mark, there are lots of things to talk about. The first is out mentor challenges and more specifically, the most difficult. For the two of us that has certainly been finding times to meet up. Mark is busy with his own photography so it is often hard for him to find time to meet me. One semi solution we have to this is having me shadow him for events, as we are able to meet at the same time as him taking photos. This means we are still able to meet without interrupting his schedule. In addition, it benefits myself as getting hands on learning is definitely helpful. This ties in with what is working well for the two of us which would be the way we work together while at events and taking photos. We are communicating well and making sure both parties get heard. In addition, I am actually learning a lot of new skills from Mark when we are shooting together. However, there are still a few things that could be improved with our mentor relationship. For one, having more time to reflect and review photos together would be beneficial. Currently we only look over my photos after the event after I have sorted them which has worked well, but going into the future it would be great if we could go over and edit together, as this would give me an idea of what to look for in colour grading for events. Overall I have made a lot of progress in the last two weeks and have gotten a lot more first-hand experience.