People on stage

I have set a goal of getting pictures of as many presidential contenders as I can before the Iowa caucus. I started with Donald Trump. Looking at the stage lighting, I wasn't sure what to do as it was fairly dark and I have a hard time hand holding my camera for long exposures.

I decided on a combination of open aperature, underexposure, and higher ISO. The settings that gave me the best results were an f-number of 5.6, -2.33 on exposure and ISO of 640 or 800. Then I brought back a bit of the lighting in post. Depending on your equipment and the venue lighting, these may definitely need to be adjusted, but I am remembering them as a good place to start my test shots.

Here is an example of one of my Trump pictures. There are more in my port. I like the way the underexposure "blacked out" a distracting background.

Donald Trump speaks at campaign rally on July, 25, 2015, in Oskaloosa, Iowa

Photo credits: Cynthia Hanevy.
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I have had a camera in my hand ever since I can remember. I was always the kid that wanted to trot down to the scene of the crime, or truck accident, or whatever, and get the images that would document that event for posterity.

My vision is to preserve history with accurate and technically excellent photojournalism and to creatively share the beauty of the natural world and the people in it.

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