Ac­cess all ar­eas

Kit Hamil­ton has had the rare priv­i­lege of shoot­ing be­hind the scenes in Ba­li­nese tem­ples

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I love tak­ing pho­tos of real peo­ple in real sit­u­a­tions. Upon re­tir­ing in Aus­tralia and mov­ing to Bali five years ago I de­vel­oped a close re­la­tion­ship with a lo­cal couple who run a stu­dio teach­ing tra­di­tional Ba­li­nese mu­sic and dance. I of­ten ac­com­pany the young artists to per­for­mances at cer­e­monies. This al­lows me un­prece­dented ac­cess both be­hind and in front of the scenes, and I’m now ac­cepted as part of the troupe. I try my best to pro­duce artis­tic and au­then­tic shots of the par­tic­i­pants.

Re­main­ing in­con­spic­u­ous dur­ing the re­li­gious cer­e­monies is a chal­lenge, and a lot of what I shoot is in low light. There­fore, I need as­sis­tance in set­ting up the Speed­light cor­rectly and quickly – ■ A trip to China 12 years ago in­spired Kit to pick up a cam­era. He’s since moved on to D-SLRs and is con­sid­er­ing up­grad­ing to a D750. He now lives in Bali. cur­rently there’s a lot of trial and er­ror, wast­ing time and miss­ing op­por­tu­ni­ties. Work­ing in low light for most of th­ese shots, with con­stant move­ment, I had to choose be­tween noise or flash! Mostly I went with flash, de­spite my lack of con­fi­dence with set­ting up the Speed­light.



Kit, your abil­ity to go be­hind the scenes at th­ese tem­ples clearly of­fers you a great op­por­tu­nity to cap­ture some unique por­traits, but, as you say, per­haps you’re not making the most of your flash.

There are a few meth­ods open to you. The first is to use your Speed­light in TTL mode. In this mode, the cam­era com­mu­ni­cates the set­tings of aper­ture, shut­ter and ISO to the flash­gun. The Speed­light then out­puts the ap­pro­pri­ate amount of power to ex­pose the

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