When working in busy situations, and with only artificial available light, there are a few things you must pay attention to.
The huge gym in Mangueira favela (shanty town) on the northern fringes of Rio is packed with agile young women and men rehearsing. They are rehearsing at the Gremio Recreativo Estacao Primeira de Mangueira, one of the pioneering and most popular samba schools in Rio.
Founded in 1928, it boasts thousands of members and has launched some of the country’s best-known singers and TV soap stars. This evening is for the women to try their costumes for next year’s carnival, so I am in heaven photographing them.
I isolated the subject with a long lens, my lightweight Canon 70-200 F4, making sure that the IS (Image Stabilizer) was on, since there was no space to use a monopod. You do not need a big depth of field, since the focus should be just on the main person, so an aperture of F5.6 was just right for the occasion. I wanted the dancers as sharp as possible, so I used a fast shutter speed of 1/200, since holding the big lens steady is tricky.