Photo Tip #18: Superbowl Halftime Show - Photography Inspiration?

If you missed the Superbowl XLVII half-time show, then you missed a great place to find inspiration for your photography. Whether or not you care for Beyonce's music or the dancing is not the point, I am referring to the photography, the lighting and the technical execution of the show. In sum the visual aspects of the show (and I'm not talking about her skimpy outfit!).

As you watch this show, put aside your feelings about Beyonce, her music, the skimpy outfits and even her looks (although she is beautiful) and pay attention to the technical aspects. Consider that the editing (cutting from one camera to another) was done live, in REAL TIME. The simple coordination on this was mind blowing. They certainly knew what they wanted and then rehearsed this many many times before the actual event. During the 12 minute show I only noticed two mistakes and they lasted about 5 seconds in all - this is astounding to say the least. Take a look at the camera work: the decision on what angle to be shooting at and the visual composition was really very good and for most of the show stunning (IMHO). Pay attention to the lighting; the entire show was amazing. Again, just looking at the technical aspects you have to admit Beyonce looked great. And the key here too is that she's moving, this is not still photography folks (that's much easier to light), this is video. During the show she was not lit in just one manner, there was back lighting, there was front lighting, the way they lit the fog! It changed but every change was visually stunning. I am not only mesmerized by the technical feat that they accomplished here, I am mesmerized by the artistic feat as well. The show left me thinking "WOW!" I was visually captivated. It's been three days since the show and I still find myself thinking about it! So I had to share it.

People ask me where I find inspiration, and I tell them I find it everywhere. And now I just found it in a Superbowl Half-time show. shhhhh, don't tell anyone I said that! Zim

(Please note: Although there are a few youtube posts of the half time show they don't capture what I experienced as I sat on my couch that evening because they are being recorded off of someone's tv screen and they have cut the images strangely. But if you can get a hold of the original footage of what was broadcast that evening you will be able to see the full affect of what I'm talking about.)