Tyler's 1st Birthday!!

I documented Tyler's birthday in Queens, NY yesterday. What was special about this birthday is that they chose to celebrate his birthday in a temple. It was an elaborate and detailed ceremony. This also marks the first time I've attempted to shoot an entire event using full manual settings on the camera. I believe shooting full manual allows you to be more creative. In addition, it's really helpful in tricky lighting situations where is is a strong contrast between light and dark. I was motivated to do this because I noticed my camera's meter tends to expose for the highlights and under expose everything else. This is bad for portraits especially portraits of people with darker skin tones. Finally, a popular photographer once told me he shot full manual all the time and it shows in the creativity of his images. It's one thing to shoot full manual in a studio setting, but to shoot on the go photo-journalistic style in different lighting situations can be difficult and you have to adapt fast: still a work in progress. Here are images from the event.