Leadenhall Market, London
Low light photography
with a friend Janka as a model (Thanks Janka!)
Leadenhall Market in Londonis a great location for photography. Fantastic during the day, but lack of light when the sun is
gone, which poses some lighting problems to solve. That was main aim of this photo shoot, to test the options I will have when shooting a wedding in a
few weeks time with a rather tight schedule. I was well aware that by the time we will get to this point there will not be much light left. I
recently arranged to meet a friend from school have not seen for ages, so I asked her if she would be up for a small photo shoot. After
a chat and catching up over a cup of coffee, we walked over to the spot. It was the weekend, the market was closed and pretty much empty.
However this was over the Christmas period when then the market was full of festive decorations. Nice... But, boy, did I find that big Christmas tree
bang in the middle annoying! It was robbing me of some good angles and compositions.
As I shot, I was testing the available light from the window-shopping displays, streetlights, Christmas lights, flash on, flash off,
different ISO settings and my newly bought external continuous light, LP micro that proved to be a great help on the actual day of the wedding. However,
shooting a single person in controlled conditions within a timeframe of two hours is completely different to shooting two people (with the Christmas
decorations gone) in a timeframe of 20-30 minutes. But that was also a reason why I wanted to check out the possibilities beforehand, to have a game plan
ready. Some of the ideas got used, some got ditched and some ideas arisen on the spot on the day of the wedding.