red tie ball

This is a charity event I shot recently for Elliot’s Footprint – a charity providing support for parents after losing a child.

I have decided black tie (or even red tie) events are the most difficult thing to shoot as you usually have black suits and white tablecloths and need to try and get a balanced image which is hard for any sensor to do! A certain amount of RAW processing needed unless you go for very high key images or accept that the blacks will be blocked in quite a lot.

I aimed for a classic corporate but candid style – trying to avoid formal poses too much and have a bit of movement and off kilter angles in the shots, but also keep it relatively conservative – until the end when I let my creative side sneak out a little for some of the dancing shots.

But the event was fun, and a big success – don’t have the figures yet, but I think somewhere in the region of £14k will have been raised for this excellent cause. You can find out more about the work of Elliots footprint here: <a href=”” rel=”nofollow”></a>

Canon EOS 60D and Sigma 17-50mm f/2.8
Raw Conversion Camera Raw 7.0
Post Processing (Minimal) CS6

You can see the rest of this set on flickr

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