Hi, I am going to be shooting a fashion show. The models are breast cancer survivors and instead of them walking on a cat walk, they will be on individual platforms. The platforms are about 2' tall. The room will be dimly lit with spot lights on the models. I'm not sure if the spot lights will be gelled or not. I'll find that out when I go and check out the space the day of the event. My question, should I use spot or center weight metering on the model's faces? I don't want to blow out their faces. I have SB-900's, Nikon 70-200mm 2.8 lens, and Tamron 28-75mm 2.8 lens. I'll also be shooting in RAW. The client does not care whether I shoot in portrait mode, or, in landscape mode. In other words, they don't care if I shoot full body, or tight. Any suggestions are helpful because the last time I shot a runway show was when I was still shooting film. Thanks.
Hi Cheryl, I remember you helping me out with my flash issues not so long ago and although I may not be the best qualified or a pro, I will try and help by suggesting what I would do. If you are going to check out the gelled lighting before hand, can you take a friend and do some test shots? I would start of in camera manual mode and flash in TTL and spot meter the face and leave it underexposed by 1-2 stops and let the TTL flash fill it in. I think TTL flash may be a wise decision if the individual platforms are at different distances from the camera, less tinkering and more shots! But if they are the same distance, then manual flash should give good repetitive results unless you are moving around a lot.
I'm guessing you are using "on camera" flash and not remote!
Now one problem with spot metering their face and using TTL flash is, what if the model is wearing a dark dress, the flash metering may over compensate seeing the flash uses a separate (center weighted) metering system. I've never had to shoot in this sort of setting but if I had to I think I would still use TTL flash and hit the flash comp. button when needed. This obviously depends again on if different distances are needed for each platform, if not then manual flash should do the trick.
Well, I take some of my above post back. I just tried a few tests and I think center weighted metering gave a lot better results. So center weighted with about -1.7 in manual mode and TTL flash gave me nicely balance shots. I tried on bright objects with dark backgrounds, dark objects on light backgrounds, shiny surfaces and dull surfaces and on average the center weighted done best. I'm guessing this has to do with the camera and flash both metering the same area.
You will never believe this Cheryl but I just got invited to shoot a fashion show because one of the photographers couldn't make it. The show is next Saturday and it looks like I'll be taking my own advise above.
hey Cheryl, Sounds like a great cause! My biggest worry with it would be achieving a flattering angle... if the models are already elevated 2 feet and I'm not the tallest photographer in the World, I'd be worrying about Double-Chin City...! Do you know the venue well, can you get a higher vantage point? Will you be able to interact with the models or brief them to keep a 'Chin-up' maybe?! Rich
Rich, The venue will be ready this afternoon, I'm going to check it out. That's a good point about double chins. I will have access to the backstage area so I'll definitely mention it to the models to keep a "chin-up." I'm hoping I'll have a good vantage point so I'm not shooting up at them at too extreme of an angle. Thanks