This is the 3rd year in a row that we've attended our Karate school's Halloween party. Our Sensei, Tony Bennest, has really made this a community event - free to attend. Tonight there were over 200 attendees. It takes a village to put on this party, and many students spent hours at the dojo today preparing, cleaning, and putting away after the party. Nadia and I were there this afternoon for about an hour and a half doing our part.
These photos were all shot with the Olympus E-M1 using Olympus prime lenses. The outdoor shots were taken with the 45mm f/1.8, the indoor shots were mainly shot with the 17mm f/1.8, and a few were shot with the 25mm f/1.8. All of these photos are straight out of the camera, but a few were cropped in Photo Mechanic. The bulk of these were shot at 3200 ISO.
Experience has taught me that shooting in a dark room with all sorts of crazy lighting conditions can lead to some very tough photographic problems - white balance being all over the place, uneven lighting, and the terrible things it does to skin tones. However, when you shoot black and white, all you need to worry about is composing the shot, focusing, and exposure.
For this type of situation, the E-M1 is the perfect camera. I didn't use the viewfinder once, I didn't have time to carefully compose my shots, I needed fast AF, light and compact due to the cramped space (there were a lot of people), and I used the facial AF and touchscreen to shoot 100% of the time.
The outdoors photos of our family were shot by the neighbor girl. I set the camera up, explained how to push the shutter button, and let her have at it.