Corporate Event Photography in Manchester of Professor Brian Cox
Professor Brian Cox was the speaker at this corporate event in Manchester.
Piranha Photography was commissioned to provide coverage of the conference during the day and then the evening event, when guests listened to Brian Cox and then enjoyed mingling and chatting with the corporate client and dignitaries. It turns out that Brian Cox is a big fan of Leica cameras, so once I was spotted taking a candid portrait of him with some of the guests, he came over for a chat about lenses, cameras and physics. We spoke for about 1/2 hour until the organiser moved him to another eager group of guests.
The Photographer’s Position is Key to Capturing Effective Shots of the Conference Speaker
As the conference photographer on the night one of the most important bits of coverage to ensure there are a good selection of images from is the key note speaker. In this case Brian Cox was standing on a well-lit stage with microphone and back ground, so my job was to ensure I placed myself in a suitable location to cover his speech in an interesting and varied way. I needed to choose an elevated position. At many events I will arrive early to have a good look around and choose suitable spots for photography over the evening.
Before the event and during the planning stages I am often consulted by the client about how best to arrange the furniture and branding for the speaker and this is important for the photography and the subsequent PR to appear later in the press.
Mitigating Colour Casts from Venue Lighting
The lighting on the night is crucial for the corporate event photography. It can be controlled and used to great effect with a choice of suitable Leica lenses and setting up of the correct colour profile on the camera to alleviate the lighting colour cast at the venue.
Preferring to photograph without flash means that I always choose fast Leica lenses such as the Noctilux or the 35mm F1.4 Summilux, this makes for an atmospheric set of photographs, which will accurately capture a sense of the evening and the lighting in the venue. When using flash the ambient light is destroyed and a ‘false’ look brought to the photographers images, these then do not replicate the look and feel of the event, not to mention how distracting a flash is, going off every few moments.
Smaller Cameras for Reportage Photography
The smaller Leica cameras also allow me to remain discreet and capture a range of reportage style photographs of the VIPs and guests. A larger camera is an unwelcome addition to an evening event as guests tend to shy away and avoid being photographed.
Physics lessons on BBC Bitesize
We have been very pleased to see that Brian Cox is helping with the BBC Bitesize online learning facilities during the lockdown when children are unable to attend school. We are sure that his enthusiasm and style of lecturing will inspire many children to enjoy physics lessons all the more.
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