Thanks to the team at Canon CPS, I was able to travel to London recently, to shoot the London Fashion Weekend at Somerset House to shoot catwalks from the photographers pit.
It was a fantastic experience, and producing a great set of cohesive images was a challenge to say the least. Canon were superb, and their briefing was very useful, especially to those of us who had not shot professional catwalks before. Shooting was all hand held, (no tripods or monopods allowed) so shutter speeds had to be upwards of 1/500th second. We were told in advance that the lighting would be set to 3200Kelvin, and so adjusting our white balance to take this into account meant that every shot was correct.
A flashgun wasn’t essential for this shoot, as the catwalk was so well lit, but some photographers did use one to lift the light a little under the model’s hat, and to add some catchlights.
The challenge was to get the models in focus, all the time, so using the ‘Servo’ setting was essential. Although the models were not moving that quickly, they were moving faster than I expected, and the pause at the end of the runway, was only for a few seconds. It was great to have time to be creative, and to experiment with different types of shots….
Achieving great compositions was difficult, as we only had the one chance to get it right – no-one was going to repeat anything for us, and so it was shoot it or lose it.
All in all it was a great shoot, and I offer many thanks to Canon, and to Vodafone for the experience.