Earlier this month I was asked to go to the home of the “Beatles” for a conference at the ACC in Liverpool. This was quite exciting for me because with all the places I have ever been around the world doing my chosen career path I have never been to Liverpool.
This was a three day affair including travel. Ohh the delights of the M6 with road works! But working at the ACC was a delight and was an easy venue to navigate for a pro tog such as myself. The conference went extremely well and the evenings entertainment and dinner event was well received by the company group with various acts in a large event area with music supplied by the tribute Beatles Band who were amazingly good. So that evening was work for me but no way seemed a chore but was fun. That’s why I do this job, you never know what around the next corner!
I was delighted to be asked again by the production company who organises UKHO conferences to attend again at the designated London venue. The company are holding three conferences in locations such as Singapore, Florida and London. UKHO call these their distributor’s conferences and address the various teams around the globe. The London venue this year was the Park Plaza Hotel on the River and set the scene for a day packed full of information and opportunities for the attendees.
My brief during the day was to capture the atmosphere of the room and record the main speakers on stage while addressing the audience. This is one of my favourite situations now where I can use my Nikon flagship camera to the full extent of its ISO capabilities. I shoot without flash and rely on the ambient light conditions to give the feel and ambience of the shots as natural as they can be taken. It does help here being able to shoot at 10000 ISO at a good shutter speed to keep all images sharp.
After lunch the company request that I take a group photograph of all that attended. This can be a demanding situation and using electronic flash sometimes up to three heads at one time and then needing to dismantle and move out of the conference area quickly so they can proceed with the day. In the whole of my career as a corporate photographer in London have I done a large group where someone doesn’t blink or look aside? So in this group shot with the wonders of digital trickery I replaced various heads and even blended the screens in behind to give a full as natural composition as I could as I saw it on the day.
The group photo is presented in a mount and was pre designed with the company colours and logos placed and printed in one image giving it a difference and professional appearance. This was all designed and produced by Alternative Images as part of the services offered to clients to give the x factor to a corporate day.