In the prior post, I said this one would be about shooting with a wide angle lens and fill flash. As you may recall, I wrote that post in a bar, and this is a good time to invoke Hemingway’s dictum: “Always do sober what you said you’d do drunk. That will teach you to keep your mouth shut.” I’d rather be blogging about my latest dance shoot, but…
I’m still learning how to handle a wide-angle lens, and the learning curve has steepened with the Tokina 11-16 f/2.8. For these shots during the Family Fest portion of the Ojai Storytelling Festival, I practiced shooting from a low angle when possible, but I also felt unafraid to exaggerate perspective and distortion by tilting the camera as needed. Because a wide-angle lens provides greater depth of field, I also felt comfortable setting the camera to auto-area focus and shooting without looking through the lens.
It was a bright,beautiful day, and would have been far too contrasty without fill flash. My own recipe for midday light includes setting the Nikon SB800 for Balanced Fill Flash, which attempts to balance the flash with the camera’s ambient light exposure. However, TOO much balance looks unnatural to me, so I also set the flash to underexpose by 2/3 stop. This way, shadows are lightened, but not eliminated.
There. Now I can start work on a blog about my latest dance shoot. D’oh! I mean, I have no idea what the next blog will be about. Whew.