I enjoyed this opportunity to photograph a Yoga event recently, but it definitely gave me some challenges. This gallery is just a sample from about 90 shots. I decided not to use flash in order to be less invasive. I will often scan a room with the camera until I feel that people are not paying attention to me, thinking that I’m not taking their photograph, and then choose my shot.

In the gym I was shooting with ISO 3200 which resulted in some pleasant warm tones. In some cases I made very slight tonal adjustments toward cool afterward with Corel Photo-paint, but for most of the shots that wasn’t necessary. I don’t like to over-adjust.

Some other issues I had to deal with were too much clutter on the floor from people’s personal belongings and the multicolored mats, scenes that were too spread out, and vendors that were too cramped together. I like this type of challenge however, it keeps me thinking on my feet.

In the display area there was too much light coming through large windows that were behind most of the display tables, so that presented it’s own problems.  I lowered the ISO to 2000 or 1600 depending on the angle because I still didn’t want to use flash. In crowds I like to stand far enough back that people don’t notice me, taking advantage of the ability to zoom. This takes patience because people often get in the way.

Since I knew that most of these shots would only be used for web or smaller print sizes I didn’t worry too much about the high ISO. If they had wanted posters I would have had to change my tactics. I often do birthday parties or theater with a similar approach.





One of the things I just love about Corel Photo-Paint is the endlessness of it’s creative potential. There seems to be an infinite number of effects, adjustments, and fine tuning that one can do to come up with a totally unique creation that no one else could possibly duplicate. I have always enjoyed using Photoshop in the past, but I find Corel to be far more open ended. (No one is paying me to say this, maybe they should.)

It’s like a playground for the mind, with endless playground equipment to keep making up new games. It’s like a dreamworld where you can soar to new heights in your creative abilities. All you need is time, a computer and the software.