I've been engaged to shoot a corporate party event. These will be the top leaders of a global corporation, at their annual "get wild and crazy" bash. They're all flying in from all over the world to a different city than their corporate headquarters is in.
About 50 people, male and female, crowded into a somewhat small (for that number of people) but extremely swanky/classy [censored] hotel suite. Some have known each other for decades, others have never met anyone at the top before since they've joined the firm.
Assignment: get tons and tons of candid shots, as well as be available for posed 'this person with that person' and "these people all together" shots.
Interefere with the flow of high-powered people having a great time as little as humanly possible, but be on my toes to capture interesting interactions as they occur.
I have no real idea what the lighting will be, but it's safe to assume it will be on the low side. I have not been asked to not use flash, but given the number and frequency of shots I'll be taking, the less obtrusive the flash is, or the less I use it at all, the better.
My D70 came with a 18-70mm lens. I'm assuming the 18 length will do nicely for group shots, and the 70 length will be overkill for individual shots given the confined quarters.
There is no expectation at all of getting "artistic shots", or really having a chance to do much serious posing or composition. The main thing is that I get a decent shot of EVERYONE at least once, and get every possible combination of this person with that person, as per them requesting me to as the night proceeds. As well as getting any cool car-ray-ziness that'd be good for the corporate archives (which only execs will get to see, of course.)
I've been led to expect that between 1000 and 2000 OK shots, mostly for full-screen monitor viewing from CD, rather than designed for quality printing, would be a succesful outcome. The event may go on from early evening till 3 or 4AM, and I am expected to hang until the end, whenever that is, and not run out of memory or creative juice.
Suggestions as to adequate preparation for this intense of a shooting climate and massive output - lenses, CF cards, batteries, and most especially, INTELLIGENT USE OF FLASH - and anything else that pops into your mind that may make the difference between success and distater - would be most appreciated.
The event is not for quite some time, and I have ample opportunitiy to get ready, so this is not an emergency, but rather an opportunity to excel giving enough planning.
There will be drinking (not me, I don't drink anyway), and the guests will be quite simultaneously very well-dressed but very relaxed and loose. I have carte blanche and am the "official party photographer".
The pay is minimal, but the future connections that'll be made are incalculabley valuable. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/laugh.gif[/img]
So... anyone else done this sort of insane assignment and have advice, technical and otherwise?