When Maya Guerrero, center director of Circle City Music Together needed some promotional stills, she invited me and my cameras into one of her classes.
Even without making a reconnaissance trip, I had some notion of what to expect.
Most studios whether it’s for ballet, dance or even a martial arts dojo have at least one large mirror the size of an entire wall.
Those engaged in dance or some activity where they use their entire body will always want to check out their form, that’s why.
Depending on the orientation of the doors and windows, large mirrors can be a hindrance.
Since this is a music class with parents and children, there will be lots of movement and the only way to capture this is to light it with flash.
It also means if you plan to light, you will have a hard time hiding your lights from the mirrored wall.
- 2 light stands
- 2 Cybersync receivers connected to 2 Canon Speedlights
- 2 Cybersync transmitters set to the same frequency
- Canon 5D M2 with a 17-35 zoom, Canon 40D with 80-200 zoom
Ideally if I had the time, I would watch at least one session prior to the actual shoot to get an idea of what to expect but with young children, you should expect to just “wing it.”
Lighting the area takes care of your exposure so that all you need to be concerned about is to focus on the moments and using the right lens for the situation.
My speedlights were set 1/16th power so that they recycled quickly.
All I needed was f2.8 at ISO 200 since I didn’t require a lot of depth-of-field except for the group shot at the end.
Note to self– do the group shot before the class and not at the end.