Oak Show Choir

Shooting In Low Light: Show Choir – Closing Night

The Oak Show Choir had their closing night performance for the 2015-2016 season.  I had to pleasure to photograph this last concert. The biggest challenge was shooting in low light conditions.  This was overcome with fast glass and high ISO.  I couldn’t sacrifice shutter speed due to the fact that the kids were dancing.  But, I couldn’t go too fast as my shots would have been far to dark.

Other challenges included: Irregularly lit stage (many hot and dead spots), not being able to move from my location, and stationary items that sometimes blocked the kids. That said, challenges are meant to be overcome.  Get the shot no matter what.

The low-light was overcome by, what I mentioned earlier, fast glass.  Fast glass refers to lenses with large apertures. The aperture is the opening of a lens.  I shot with a f 2.8 and a f 2.0.  I used the f 2.8 only for a short time.  It is a wide angle lens and I wanted shots of the entire ensemble. This did not work as I had hoped since the piano player, in the live band, was right smack in the middle of every shot.  So, I switched to my f 2.0 zoom lens and focused in on single or small group shots.

I also mentioned that I shot at a high ISO.  It wasn’t too high, 1600 ISO.  Most cameras today can easily handle this.  That being true, due to the low-light there was some graininess. Don’t be afraid of grain though.  Far too many think grain is a bad thing.  We are getting so used to High Definition TV’s that we want everything crystal clear.  The end results is that we think that any grain is bad.  It’s not.  So, don’t stress on it. In the days of film, we didn’t stress on it. What is more important, in this case, is capturing a point in time that is very important to these kids and their family. If it was a commercial shoot, that would have been a different story and we would make allowances to address it.

I ended the evening with around 300 really nice shots.  If you’re a parent or student, and you wish to purchase any shots, please contact me to view a private gallery.

Bands of Santiago Sharks Concert Photo

Event Photography for Programs

Event Photography

I had the pleasure of photographing the Bands and Color Guard for Santiago High School for two seasons now.  This year I was asked to design the programs for the Band Concerts. My experience in event photography came in handy.  Most of the photographs needed to be taken in low-light situations, both indoor and outdoors.

I love photographing events such as concerts, dance and theater performances, especially with kids and young adults because these photographs will become mementos for them and their children.

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These two initial programs needed both color and black and white photographs.  I wanted individual shots or the musicians as well as group shots.  At the time, most of the photographs I had shot were those of the marching band season, yet both programs where concerts.  That forced me to ‘fake’ some of them.  That is, I shot rehearsal, and close ups to give the sense of concert shots.  After the first event I increased the number of shots I could draw from.

At the time of posting this, there was a gallery of photos to draw from. (Depending on when you read this the gallery may no longer be available).

There is also an event page at EVENTS as well as at 500px.

The Band Is All Here

What do you do when you have to deliver photos for a Jazz Band concert program but you have no photographs of the Jazz Band?  The default it getting some stock photos of other bands but that doesn’t really fly.  We I got the assignment to design the Fall Jazz Concert for BOSS (Bands of Santiago Sharks) I had not a single photo of any of the 3 jazz bands.  I had plenty of photographs of their marching band but that wouldn’t do for the tuxedo clad jazz band.

BOSS Jazz Trumpets

My solution was to focus on the instruments rather than the faces. This gave the essence of the band without having to need to show the entire band in their tuxedos.

BOSS Jazz Trumpet

Shooting over the shoulder, focusing on the music (which they will be performing that night), again, gives the photo a ‘concert’ feel.

BOSS Jazz

In some cases I captured minor views of the musicians faces. This, again, gives the essence of the concert feel without the viewer knowing that it was a rehearsal photo.

BOSS Jazz

The program was designed by 3 Penguins Design.

Annie and Bugsy Malone Meet On Stage

© joe randeen :: 3 Penguins PhotographyThis past weekend I had the great pleasure of photographing two middle school musical productions: “Annie” and “Bugsy Malone”.

Over 250 kids were involved in these two shows and a huge amount of volunteers made sure everything came together.  The kids were AMAZING.  The costumes, sound and lights added to the brilliance of the show.

Event photography is, probably, the most fun for me because things are always happening.  You have to anticipate what is coming up next, but you’re still surprised when it does.  Capturing life as it happens, the reactions, facial expressions is what makes this so much fun.

If you have an upcoming event: show, concert, anniversary, wedding, etc, I would love to capture it for you.

- Joe Randeen (3 Penguins Photography)

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VCF – Fiddler on the Roof

Fiddler-On-The-RoofIf you are wishing to order photographs from Fiddler on the Roof, please visit our online store (CLOSED).

There are over 230 photographs, spread over 4 galleries: Headshots, Onstage, Buddies and Cast.

You can choose from two sizes, 5×7 or 8×10. If you wish to order sizes other than those available in our store, or picture books, please give us a call to set up an appointment.

We hope you enjoyed the show as much as we enjoyed photographing it.

Best,

Joe Randeen