Rochelle and I were asked to photograph the dress rehearsal for a dance performance last week, and I’ve got to tell you, it was certainly something I never thought I would do. Dance? Really? Spend all day shooting a bunch of kids in a dim dance studio? Not me. I’d much rather spend the day shooting landscapes in Yosemite. But you know what? It was a blast, and we learned a lot too.
The first thing I learned is that artificial light, as bright as it may seem to your eyes, isn’t really very bright at all. And if there’s a mix of sunlight and a variety of man-made lights in the room, your white balance is going to end up being a thousand degrees off from reality. Light is the very essence of photography, and bad light can quickly equal bad photographs. I was worried. Continue reading