First let me say that I am by no means a professional photographer. I have had one photography class, and it is a hobby that I enjoy and have for a long time. That being said, I had the opportunity recently to photograph an event for a relative.
I know. You aren’t supposed to work for relatives, but I did. It worked out great. My mother-in-law is the director for a local preschool. Each year her 4 year old class has a graduation ceremony at the end of the school year. Typically, one of the folks who work there takes pictures of the event with a point-and-shoot camera. This year none of the staff was available. So, she asked me.
With a borrowed camera, Nikon D90, and about an hour’s worth of practice, I photographed the event. I was a little nervous. I had only had a short time to familiarize myself with the camera, and I had never done anything like this before.
With short time, I arrived about a half hour early. I set up the camera in “M” mode and worked on getting the aperture and shutter speed set to a decent area to just leave it. The lighting conditions were poor, as is typical inside. I did have a pretty nice flash attached to the camera. I pointed it at about a 45 degree angle and flipped up the white card. My settings worked pretty well for most of the event.
At the end of the ceremony, we moved to a reception hall to get cake and punch. I continued to photograph the event. The shallow angle on the flash did not work well. I had to bath the folks in light to get a good exposure.
Overall, it was a fun experience. I heard through the grapevine that several parents requested photos, but I have not heard anything directly yet. Wouldn’t mind helping out at other events in the future.
Here are some of the best images.
As you can see, I still need to work on my photo editing skills (and my photography skills!). But I thought it was ok for a first timer.