The three minute wonder, we’ve all been there. An hour of setup, an hour of waiting, three minutes of absolute pandemonium.
This was one of those, just the briefest of time to get the shot done whilst the delegates broke between sessions and boy does it put the pressure on.
I scouted the location, looked, nay, studied the area i wanted to use, a location that gave me more than one opportunity, a location where I could vary the shot without moving the subject, important given the time constraints, and thankfully I had time to balance the lighting and construct the group in my head.
Preparation is, of course, key to taking speedy and efficient shots of the important and of course, we all know that important people have their time gobbled up for them so speedy, yes, efficient, yes, these needed to be the keywords.
This is a two flash, two brolly setup, one off to the right on the subjects level with the flash set to half power, the main light is next to me on the balcony one floor up, set to full power, f8, (anyone who knows me and has read my previous blogs know I get a nosebleed over f8).
Shutter speed was a 15th of a second to allow for the dark lobby beneath chance to burn in the shadows.
Also, the point of keeping within the three minute deadline was to keep the delegates happy, and I think we managed to achieve this here; any delay and the shots would show less happiness in their faces more annoyance in their eyes. Also remember it’s a show, so chat to them, make them smile, keep them amused, on this occasion, puffed out and sweating I announced I was going up another floor, to cheers and shouts of go, go, go.
At the end, the senior delegate, and American tapped me on the shoulder as he rushed off to a waiting car and said ‘well done, real professional son’, then I knew the job was done.
So, scout your location then scout it some more, use a location where you can vary the angle and therefore vary the shots you are able to present to the client, and run, run, run, get it done, show some effort, get them cheering for you as you run up and down steps, then a happy set of pictures appear.