Tuesday, September 16, 2008

My first photography assignment

Several months ago, my friend Katia approached me to take some photographs for her Aikido School as they needed a poster. She figured since I have a great big DSLR, I should know what I'm doing. After repeatedly reminding her that I'm no expert & on top of that, action photography is not my forte (I don't consider running after The Girl as relevant experience), I decided to take up the challenge & to see what I could come up with.

I visited the dojo (the martial arts school) & was impressed by how big the space was. Even tho I had done some research on the internet, I really didn't know what to expect. It was evening & I was worried that there weren't enough lighting. I started to get nervous & was wondering to myself what business does this amateur photographer have trying to take shots for something as important as their new promotional material & I didn't want to let these people down. But I was determined to do my best.

Katia & Mathieu started doing their moves and boy, are they good !! The first 30 or so shots were bad cos I didn't really know the aikido moves but as the session progressed, I got better at anticipating their moves & managed to capture some good shots. Taking action shots is a lot more difficult that I'd imagine.

Surprisingly they seemed to like the pictures, even the blurry ones cos they said it showed movement. We didn't even need another session cos Katia & her photoshop skills came up with a very stylish poster.

I'm very pleased to have a small part in creating this.


11 comments:

Beau Lotus said...

WOW. Since I can't even take pics of anything NOT moving with success, I think that what you did is TOP.

Do you do aikido?

meng said...

well done mei...this could be your second career!

bACk in GERMANY said...

Beautiful,
and all of the other photos on this blog too!
Business' gonna come knocking on your door soon...

Lilian said...

This is really beautiful, conveys a sense of fluidity and gracefulness. And Back in germany is right, your blog (and FB) pictures are all so gorgeous.

petite fleur said...

Thank you everyone but it was really to help a friend out. I would be horrified to ask someone to pay for my amateurish photos.

Lotus - No I don't but I'm tempted to take up dancing again. Sshh but I used to be a dancer.

Meng - It is at best a hobby & I doubt anything more.

Back in Germany - Haha that's not what I want

Lilian - I love how you describe the photo & thank you

~Sasha Farina~ said...

thats very artistic!

Anonymous said...

very nice shot my dear !!!!

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SIG said...

I think it's great! Congrats on a job well-done.

Precious Moments said...

Oh you got to teach me. The last two competitions my son had, ALL the shots went down the "drain". All blurry and lights was horrible horrible.

passionfordecor said...

nice....

petite fleur said...

Sasha, H & SIG - *blush* thank you. You're too kind.

E - What competitions were those ? What type of pictures did he have to take ? You take beautiful photos yourself too.

Passionfordecor - thank you for dropping by. What beautiful blogs you've got.