Using my new camera on the day went pretty well, but I definitely need to read through the rest of the manual to get to grips with it more. I had trouble focussing in the portrait orientation a few times and I'm not sure why this is yet. Using high ISO settings worked well, and I shot in high quality JPEG and RAW, though plan to phase out my JPEG capture unless the exercise tells me otherwise. The camera feels solid and comfortable in my hands. A couple of the buttons seem to be in strange positions, for example the 'info' button which I use to check my histogram is a bit hard to reach. But I'll get used to that.
I'm feeling more comfortable using Lightroom now. I created a couple of presets for 'bright backgrounds' and 'boost contrast' to speed some of my work. Being able to adjust the images in the program I use for photo management is a real plus. Even things like cropping are non-destructive, and can be undone, so that is a bonus. I also have experimented with the adjustment brush and gradient tool to add selective processing to certain areas of the photo - similar to using masks in Photoshop, but much quicker and easier (and all non-destructive).
Shooting the event:
It was my second time shooting this fair. I found this time I had less time for photos (family commitments , but I still managed to take some good images. I spent more time talking to people - I felt more comfortable with this than I have previously (just shows what practice can do!) and feel that I was better at asking people if I could take their photos. This meant I could have a few goes at getting it right, adjusting position/framing etc. This is definitely an advantage. I used manual mode for most images, and this was more successful in the end (once I got settings I was happy with). I didn't experiment with different lenses, mostly because of limited time. And I meant to try some long exposures with people moving but I missed the opportunity in the morning with lots of people there to do this, and later on it seemed a bit sparse. Nonetheless, I feel like my images (the best are shown below) are generally quite good and capture the feel of the day. I certainly feel like they are an improvement on last years, though I didn't get any 'behind-the-scenes' shots which would have been nice.
|Enjoying the treats on offer|
|Having a chat with the competition entries in the background|
|All welcome! (he was checking out the chooks!)|
|A transaction in progress|
|Carrots to try|
|Interactions between stallholder and purchaser|
|Checking out what's on offer|
|Something looks good|
|BOGI Seeds for sale|
|Checking out the herbs and spices for sale|
|Late in the day people still rolling in|
|Tea for sale|
|The auction in progress|
|Auctioning off the competition entries|
|Paying for a winning bid in the auction|
|Pleased with her purchase of native raspberries|