The Christmas showcase season starts a little earlier than you’d expect because typically December is a socially hectic month for many.
As the expression goes with 3 buses turning up at once, this bus happened to be the FPS Fitness Christmas Showcase run by the lovely Lisa Darcy, so it was on the road to the Midlands to shoot a fantastic array of performers at the Aura Dance Studio.
As is fairly standard with smaller productions, lighting is always a mixed bag and almost always you’re forbidden from using flash so as not to disrupt the performers, the audience and the videographer. Trying to make busy backdrops and mixed lighting look good is a challenge, but things would get boring fast if they were always easy 🙂
Due to the low lighting at these kinds of events, ISO is pushed up hard, and shutter speed becomes a precious commodity. Timing becomes king as you have to hit every move at the apex where motion is minimised to avoid blurring. This is where extensive familiarity with whatever sport or activity you’re shooting comes into play, as anticipating what comes next is more than half of the fight.
All in all some outstanding performances with a great group of performers, hopefully I’ll be back again for next year’s show!