This week the Cambridge University Ballet Society is performing Coppelia at the Mumford Theatre in Cambridge. Back in January I did a photo shoot with the Coppelia cast for the poster and profile photos (blog post). Since then they have been working hard and yesterday night was the big dress rehearsal for the show. It premiers tonight, and as I am writing this the girls are on stage performing. Here are my photos from the dress rehearsal.
During the third act I took the leap and turned on auto-ISO on my camera. It was after talking to Tom Attridge, who also photographed the dress rehearsal, that I decided to give auto-ISO another go. What tipped the scale was his comment that I could use it together with exposure compensation, to slightly underexpose the photo. I have dabbled a bit with auto-ISO before but never really felt comfortable with relying on it. I must say that I am pleasantly surprised this time. It did a pretty good job with the highlight protection setting turned on. By having the camera select a slightly higher ISO than I would choose I did not have to push the exposure as much in Photoshop during post processing, leading to a final photo with less noise.
Enough about technical details, go see the ballet! You can find your tickets here. Many thanks for a wonderful ballet evening, and special thanks to Naomi Stewart and Leora Amy Taratula-Lyons for inviting me.
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