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Should I shoot a runway show at 2.8?
Old 12-25-2006, 07:47 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I have been asked to photograph a bridal runway show at a local resort. There will be 10 models wearing wedding dresses and party dresses... I am able to set up my strobes to light the runway as the client wants images for thier website.

I plan on putting one strobe on each side of the runway..

I am wondering, since I have a nikon VR 2.8 70-200 lens, would I be able to just pre meter a spot at 2.8 and shoot from a distance on a ladder? Does this make sense? Im trying to get a crystal clear pic of the ladies walking (stop motion) and blur the background at the same time.

Any suggestions on shutter speed? 125 perhaps???

Any advice would be greatly appreciated..
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Why not stop down the lens while you are setting up and see what works for you?
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Re: Should I shoot a runway show at 2.8?
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I have been asked to photograph a bridal runway show at a local resort. There will be 10 models wearing wedding dresses and party dresses... I am able to set up my strobes to light the runway as the client wants images for thier website.

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Any advice would be greatly appreciated..
You might find the following article helpful. I was impressed by the panoramic format.

http://www.luminous-landscape.com/es...ion-week.shtml
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Re: Should I shoot a runway show at 2.8?
Old 12-25-2006, 10:54 PM   #4 (permalink)
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I dont know how well known you are, I would use this opportunity to put myself in the minds of many people who will definately be there......you know the ones (the single hot chicks) who are getting married soon.
You never know what it may lead to. I would also speak to the models prior to the show and inform them that you are there and at what spot you have metered the light. (acually i would ask that you look at constant lighting and use AV mode(canon setting) if not you will limit yourself to taking photos only at that one metered spot.
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Re: Should I shoot a runway show at 2.8?
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I am wondering, since I have a nikon VR 2.8 70-200 lens, would I be able to just pre meter a spot at 2.8 and shoot from a distance on a ladder? Does this make sense? Im trying to get a crystal clear pic of the ladies walking (stop motion) and blur the background at the same time.
While that would certainly give you a shallow depth of field to help blur the background, it certainly wouldn't give you much margin for error - at 200mm on my Nikon, f2.8 gives me just a couple of inches depth of field, and that's not something I'd depend upon if the models were moving. Hell, even if the model is standing still, it's hard enough to get a sharp image of the face/eyes at 2.8!

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Any suggestions on shutter speed? 125 perhaps???
Figure out what aperture you're going to need and allow the shutter speed to land where it lands.

BTW - what I might try doing is to let the light falloff from the strobes create a darker area behind the target zone of where the models will be - and not worry about blurring the background. With the zoom out towards max, there's also going to be some foreshortening of the image that will help bring out the model from the background. Here's an example, shot at 1/40 @ f14, where Isobel's perfectly viewable but the light falloff from the single strobe-into-an-umbrella on her left had enough falloff to keep the background a lot darker.




Imagine looking down the runway instead of the white wall (now dark grey) and the room behind her (now virtually without detail) and you can possibly see what I mean, yes?

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