The goal for the event photography rotation is to take pictures of a Menlo event and edit them to make them accurate. No funky photoshop coloring (so I did that for my mini-exhibit as you already know ;) ) I decided to go photograph the G-Block dance class and to be artistic with these photos. I found meaning in what I was photographing by isolating certain body parts and also avoiding faces. I wanted the dancers’ movements to speak for themselves. Also, you could tell that a lot of them were uncomfortable to be photographed and that showed on their faces, but not in their bodies. So by trying to avoid the face, I was able to get to the true dynamic of the class, as though I weren’t even there.
The challenges of this rotation were all caused by the setting I chose. The dance room has really rather poor lighting and that made my life difficult, but it was still worth it. The lighting meant that my aperture had to be open as wide as possible at all times, and as a result all of my photos have a shallow depth of field. This is annoying because the camera also did not focus very fast so a lot of times the wrong thing would be in focus. At the same time this was a good thing because it forced me to re-think my shots and consider them from a different focal point. The shallow depth of field also contributed excellently to my goal of isolating body parts and capturing just a piece of the movement of the dancers. Another problem caused by the lighting was that all of my pictures came out discolored. Almost all of them were blue tinted, but there were several that were yellow tinted. So, the first thing I did in photoshop for every picture was to slide around the color balances until skin colors looked accurate. However, a lot of times the dance floor came out as this really beautiful shade of blue and I liked it much better than the actual black so I would then create a mask over the color balance layer and reveal the original blue tinted floor which ended up looking rather nice in the pictures.
I highly encourage whoever still has event left to take an idea of something you want to try and apply it to this rotation because otherwise it will get boring.