Monthly Archives: May 2014

Artists’ Reception

HCCC Community Art Exhibit 2014

HCCC Community Art Exhibit 2014

On Thursday, May 29 from 5:30 – 7:30pm at the High Country Conference Center, I will be displaying two photographs as part of the Community Art Exhibit. Please stop by this artists’ reception! Several local artists are participating including: Kathleen Croft, Tom Alexander, Greg Hill, Elaine Dillingham and Phil Goldblatt to name a few.

Posted in Exhibits

Graduation Event Photography

The quote by Milton Berle, “If opportunity doesn’t knock, build a door,” was the theme of the 2014 Coconino Community College graduation yesterday. It was such a joy-watching students of all ages cross the stage to accept their honors. From “selfies” with the President on stage to behind the scenes organization the graduation ceremony was a success.

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When it comes to shooting an event like this you might ask, “What’s in my bag?” My workhorse for this and every event was my Nikon D600. Complimented with a 24-120mm f/4 lens and on camera flash with diffuser the event went smoothly. The flash was set in TTL mode so that I could capture those candid moments quickly. I kept my exposure at 1/60 sec and f/5.6 with an ISO of 400 so that my flash would not have to work so hard. I always keep extra batteries for the flash and the camera as well as a back up camera. At an event like this, communication and planning is critical. So, prior to the event I talked to the organizers to make sure I had a clear understanding of the “flow” of the event. There is nothing worse than being in the wrong spot and missing the shot.

In addition to photographing the graduates on stage and the ceremony itself, I also set up a 2 light setup to photograph the dignitaries in the Board Room. My first light was a shoot thru umbrella with a hot shoe flash at full power and the second was a bounce flash at full power, both at 45 degrees. My Cowboy Studio flash triggers made this all possible with off camera flash. Once the lights were setup, I shot a few test shots and then found a person to stand in to confirm my exposure was accurate. Once the coordinator gathered the correct people, we captured 20 shots in 25 minutes. When I arrived home, I backed up my images, processed them by cropping and then they were ready for posting. It was a successful afternoon and what a joy watching the grads cross the stage. Click here to view the images.

Posted in Photographic Techniques