The Best Laid Plans...

by Pino Pino March. 08, 2020 436 views

So I did a venue shoot last night - and it was GREAT!

Event was fun...

People were fun...

Photos and On-Site Printing went great...

I had a blast!

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But this is a photography blog... so I thought I'd make it a "Lessons I Learned" blog... So here goes...

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1. Always take simple shots of your setup for posterity - and blogs...

I didn't take any cell phone photos of my setup - because I'm a noodle head and forgot to... so I'll try to paint it with words... ;)
There was a black 1920s Model T and the intention was to put it at a 45 degree angle so that people could pose in the 'V' shaped space that created so I could take photos. There was also going to be a game, with large wheel surrounded by player, right behind the car. My intentions were to put an Octa Softbox on the subjects and a long Stip Softbox on the car - to light both but (hopefully) drop off to 'eliminate' (off in the blackness) the game and people behind.
2. For any live staged venue shoot always assume the amount of space you'll have will be 75% less than anticipated AND that the layout of your 'spot' will be different than anticipated.

The reality - space was tighter than anticipated...

so car was not at angle which meant no side shot - only front of car with people...
so one smaller light source than I would have liked and no secondary light source to light the car...
so the crowd was right up against us so I had to be very close to subjects and this meant hard upward angle even with 28-70 to get people and car in photo...
Happily this changed after the meal as the hallway was much less crowded and I could back up a bit to square and frame the shots much nicer... Though this means my tethering cord was strung across the main walkway right at the ballroom entrance so big shout out to TetherBlock Arca Graphite for their amazing little plate that put my mind at a bit of ease regarding the safety of my camera.

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Enough of the technical perfectionist gripes of the photographer...

It was AWESOME!

The car with the period dressed attendees was so cool and everyone was so excited to be there having a good time and getting their photos taken that all the above technical bits are just that - technical bits...

The photos turned out great and the on-site printing was a hit!

I can say I was a bit worried about the on-site print for so many so fast... no post processing straight out of camera with a black car and dozens of different subjects... but it worked GREAT! What an amazing little printer that DNP is - I think people were more enamored with it than the taking of the actual photos! ;)

So, the proof, as they say, is in the pudding... so here are some of the shots I liked from the evening...

Oh - sorry... I meant the photos that "Hit on all sixes" at the "Ritzy" event last night... They're the "Bee's Knees!" so I'll shut my "Yap" and get on with the show! ;)

I only processed these few just for my own enjoyment because the photos were printed onsite and there was no time for processing at that time and no use for the photos going forward.
This was a rare shot of someone in the car - the owner's son and his wife. For obvious reasons the others were not allowed in or on the car - and who can blame the owner for that!?! End of event so I moved the light for this shot - as seen by the reflection of it in the window behind them. ;)

This was a rare shot of someone in the car - the owner's son and his wife. For obvious reasons the others were not allowed in or on the car - and who can blame the owner for that!?! End of event so I moved the light for this shot - as seen by the reflection of it in the window behind them. ;)

One of the early 'tight space up shots' where I was so close I had to squat and aim up due to the mass inflow of people arriving at the event... but I like that both they and the car are nicely in this one - though some distortion from the hard up angle of my perspective.

One of the early 'tight space up shots' where I was so close I had to squat and aim up due to the mass inflow of people arriving at the event... but I like that both they and the car are nicely in this one - though some distortion from the hard up angle of my perspective.

Again an up angle early in the night - A shot someone took of me and a friend to the event. The one small Octa did an admirable job on this one - mostly because I post processed in some increased exposure over my neighbor. Octa was positioned to expose person/couple on building window side of car.

Again an up angle early in the night - A shot someone took of me and a friend to the event. The one small Octa did an admirable job on this one - mostly because I post processed in some increased exposure over my neighbor. Octa was positioned to expose person/couple on building window side of car.

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Camellia Staab 3 weeks, 5 days ago

Loved reading the spots and enjoyed the photographs. I personally like the b&w, to me it stands out. I also like #7 because of the characters' pose and the position of the car. Nicely done!

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Pino Pino Replied to Camellia Staab 3 weeks, 5 days ago

Thanks!

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Pino Pino Replied to Camellia Staab 3 weeks, 5 days ago

I like the b/w as well - really fit that shot... little secret - the person did not because I had to shoot up based on where I could physically be due to the crowd...  and I agree with her that is not ideal but ultimately I really liked the shot...  smile

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