Fashion Show: Stressed and need your help!

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  1. kdabbagh

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    Hey everyone...

    So, I am really passionate about photography, and I jump at any opportunity in my community to cover events. Most have been successful because they were protests, cultural shows, and sports events - mostly in daytime.

    My next challenge is in 11 days, and it's covering a fashion show for a children's charity. From what I know, it's an 80 foot long catwalk, and lights would be provided by DJ and I wouldn't know how it will be except for the night before. However, I was told it would be somewhat dark. I will have unlimited access all over the event hall and can shoot from anywhere I want.

    Why am I stressed? MY EQUIPMENT AND LACK OF FUNDS. I am going to be using a D40x with an 18-135mm and an 18-200 VR lens. I don't have an external flash unit nor do I have the money to rent/buy. This is basically what i'll be working with. I want to atleast capture three exposures of ever model that goes down the catwalk, focusing on clothes, face, and accessories if I get a chance.

    Please give me any tips or advice and let me know if I can pull this off with the equipment I have. Oh, I'll also be able to use the show director's tripod.

    Thanks! Looking forward to your expert take on this..
     
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    Wow! Well, with out an external flash my guess is to get as close as you can to the models walking down the cat walk. Best bet is to get them at a slight angle just so you can still see part of there face but not straight on, Red eye will be a major problem with a pop up flash ( photoshop can help of course) but still.

    You wouldn't think it would be dark though? The few shows I have shot were well lit. Maybe you can have someone on the other side of the cat walk with a reflector to help.

    About all I can think of right now.
     
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    You know, I have a back up flash it's a Canon220EX. If you want you can borrow it. I'll mail it to you, and you can mail it back after the show.

    Ack! just saw your using a D40 I got it mixed up for a second with canons new 40D LOL.

    Well..... if you can borrow a Canon camera I'll still lend you the flash LOL
     
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    that's very nice of you but unfortunately I don't know where I would get a canon camera from. Much appreciated though :)

    Anybody got advice for me?
     
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    I am new to DSLR, but see where the lighting is going to be the brightest, let the event organizers know you need each model to stop for a moment at a specific location. Get your camera set up on a tripod, find the best lit spot and have the models pose for each one, should only add a bit of time to the overall show, and if they want the photos they will accommodate you. . Just tell the organizers your needs. Seems to me your only option at this point.

    Edit: If you can talk to the DJ where the lighting is going to be, under the spot lights should be good enough to light each model and no need for a flash, what f/stops are your lenses? One more idea, see if he can draw you a diagram where the lights will be and see where you might be best placed to get shots to a number of stage locations, without having to move the tripod for different angles. I hope someone else may have better solutions but it is how I would go about in dealing with it until someone gave me something better to go with.
     

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