Dancing Around A Focus and Exposure Issue

I haven’t had much time for blogging lately, but when I do, I’m going to study why images from yesterday’s Dancing with the Ojai Stars rehearsal came out better than images from the actual performance, even though I shot the rehearsal to figure out my settings for the performance.

A rehearsal photo of the father/daughter team that won the Community Division of Dancing with the Ojai Stars.

A rehearsal photo of the father/daughter team that won the Community Division of Dancing with the Ojai Stars.

Another rehearsal shot. All of these ISO 3200 images are grainy and do not enlarge well, but the rehearsal images are sharp, saturated, and reasonably well exposed.

Another rehearsal shot. All of these high ISO images are grainy and do not enlarge well, but the rehearsal images are sharp, saturated, and reasonably well exposed.

Here's an image from the performance. For some reason, I couldn't nail focus or exposure.

Here’s an image from the performance. For some reason, I couldn’t nail focus or exposure.

So far, this is my favorite shot from the performance, but it took a lot of post processing to get it usable, and I don't look forward to figuring that out with the other 3500 frames I shot.

So far, this is my favorite shot from the performance, but it took a lot of post processing to make it usable, and I don’t look forward to that much computer time with the other 3500 frames I shot.

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