Fill and Balance

Thank goodness.This assignment was a lot easier to shoot. I think I can use my flash now and not feel like an idiot.

I’ve been wanting to shoot this group, called Fire Good Productions, for a while now, but I’ve been waiting for the right assignment. The group performs with fire by lighting spinners (typically long socks with balls in the end) on fire. They got together with the Hulagans, a local hula-hooping group in Jefferson City, on Sunday for a “jam session” where they all performed for each other and tried out the other’s hobby.

Obviously, taking pictures of them spinning fire would be cooler, but I thought the jam would be a nice way for me to meet them and see what they’re all about without the worry of getting caught on fire. I’m not the most coordinated person, so knowing me, I would step right into the flame accidentally.

I’m pretty pleased with the photographs from the jam, where I used fill flash. The sun wasn’t particularly bright that day (it was a tad cloudy) and it was 3 p.m., so I didn’t have a ton of shadows. I found some guys wearing hats though and decided they would be my best bet.

I had some trouble directing the flash. I realized I had to be more careful about where the flash was going because it was a more specific area this time. I also had some trouble with unwanted shadows, say, from the arm onto the torso. I think I know when fill is needed now, so hopefully I can utilize it next time on a much more sunny day.

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