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Help! My first event. Equipment Question
Old 07-04-2007, 03:06 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Next Thursday I've been hired to make photos during a Company's Anniversary party: the president of the company, the guests, and so on.

I've done some weddings but on those my main subject is a couple of people not a hundred. And I'll be going alone.

My equipment is: a Canon 20D, a 24-105 IS L, Canon 70-300, Canon 50 1.8,
and as a Flash a Metz 45

So....please any suggestions? any ideas about ugly shadows on the walls? or whatever idea is very welcomed!

I'm so used to studio work...that real "life" scares me a bit
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Old 07-04-2007, 09:59 AM   #2 (permalink)
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My wife and I do many events like this. First thing we ALWAYS do is work closely with the person who hired us to make sure we understand what they want. Other than being ready to capture key moments, we make sure we capture the key company people and their spouses if appropriate, other key couples, key groups of company people, etc. If they want, we try to find a nice spot for some of these posed shots. Stay away from bare white walls, or getting too close to the wall and creating harse shadows. Ask for help identifying these people during the event if needed. If we are shooting a new location we try to investigate (keep in mind time-of-day) in advance if possible and make recommendations to them if we see lighting challenges such as heavy backlighting etc. Often they can improve these situations, but its hard to fix without some advance notice. Most importantly is have fun, it helps the guests have fun and makes getting good photos easier and comes through in the final photographs.

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Old 07-04-2007, 10:28 AM   #3 (permalink)
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Its just like shooting the reception of a wedding where you often have hundreds of people. Just get lots of shots of people interacting. But if you're also doing large group shots, then a wide angle lens will help. The 24 end of your 24-105 is really a 37 on the 20D, so it you can borrow something around an 18 that will give you a wider angle for big group shots. I often shoot large group shots from above (from a landing, or on stairs, looking down at about a 45 degree angle on group) in the conditions permit. The group all looks up at the photographer and thus you get good face shots of the group.
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Thanks a lot to both for your replies.

Thanks jakfoto for your advices I've got a friend inside the company, and I've already talked to him so he'll be pointing out the VIP among the guests.

And about your advice R_Fredrick_Smith, I've got the 18-55 lens that came with the 20D, but they arent as sharp as the 24-105, therefore I was a little afraid of using them.

Anyway I'll try to arrive soon enought to the reception hall so I can make some tests before the party stars.

It's tomorrow night so on friday I'll tell you how it was.
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