Today I carried out my first proper photo shoot using a Canon 70d with a 50mm lens. On Saturday mornings the ‘chanters’ of the group meet up to practise the music on the pipes alone and then on Wednesdays they play them with a full set of bagpipes. Today was a Saturday session which takes place at Dundry Nurseries in a village hall type building. I was pleasantly surprised to find that it was very well lit in there and it was a sunny day and so the lighting was good.
Jerry listening to a piece of music and learning the correct finger positions.
Cornelius brought his full set of bagpipes along to the session and was practicing outside because he finds that playing indoors is too echoey. I found it difficult to get photos I was happy with when he was standing in direct sunlight because it was so bright and so I asked him if we could stand somewhere in the shade.
I think that the photos I took in the shade were more successful, however quite a few of my images had sun flares in them because the sun was going down behind the building and was sat directly at eye level behind Cornelius.
I really like this photo of Cornelius’ hands because it includes the details of the bagpipes. I also like the way the colours in the image are nearly all greens and blues which makes his hands stand out.
I found it difficult to get any wide shots of the subjects because I was using the 50mm lens and so next time I go I think I’ll take a wider lens and get some more context shots.
When I was shooting I was taking into consideration negative space because when putting together the double page spread we are going to need to leave room for captions and titles as I have discovered in my research.
Overall I think that my second shoot gave me a good idea of what to expect and prepare for in later shoots. I know that when I shoot next Wednesday it will be dark and so I will be relying on artificial light sources and so that will be a challenge. I think that in future the Saturday sessions will be the best opportunity to take portraits because I can use natural light.