I have always wanted to shoot in a carnival/fair event because it presents an awesome setting that really fits my style. With all my photos, interesting subject matter/style is really important, as it defines me as a photographer that I present the same kind of photos no matter what I am shooting.
K-days for those not in the know, is an event held every year in Edmonton Canada, and has lots of free shows, concerts, booths for people to sell stuff, and all the other typical carnival stuff, but on a bigger scale. I arrived early as I do with any shoot, to get an idea of what its gonna be like, and I knew immediately it wasn’t gonna be easy. Kimberly was a joy to hang around for a few hours exploring the various shooting spots, and she knows how to pose, and show emotion in photos which is super important.
A List of challenges-
People- While people obviously are need in the background to add to the whole feeling of the image, having someones face looking at you, or being to close that they are distracting are not good, so timing a shot was a big thing. It’ll never be perfect, but you can definitely reduce it from happening.
Lighting- using natural light isn’t hard to do if you know what you’re doing, but trying to find good light with a good background limited options.
Eyes- While not necessarily a problem, having 100 people looking at you while shooting wasn’t something I was used to.
Camera- they didn’t allow for “professional cameras” in the event, so I improvised and used my Canon mirrorless M6 camera, with no viewfinder, and a basic lens to shoot this. Focusing on Kimberly was the hardest part, due to no viewfinder, using the LCD screen was not something I’m used to.
Overall though, it was fun to shoot, a lot of challenges, but no negatives, and I don’t think it could have turned out any better.