Conference Photography

Conference Photography Dublin

Conference photography can be a real challenge for photographers. Much can be required of the photographer in a relatively short space of time. Conferences often take place over a lunch hour, before work starts in the morning, or after work. For this reason both the speakers and attendees can be short on time, and things must run smoothly and quickly.

Usually there will be a key speaker at the conference, such as a minister of state or company CEO. Many times these people will be very short on time due to other commitments. This is when you must act fast and capture the required shots. This of course must be done with you not getting in the way, or distracting any of the speakers.

No client will re hire a photographer that over shoots, or distracts the speakers. It’s important to shoot selectively, and get out of the ‘front lines’ so to speak, so as not to put the speakers off. You also have to watch your flash, as this can throw the speakers. If there is enough available light, I like to try to not use my flash. When I do need to use my flash, I will only shoot when it’s needed.

It’s important to get some shots of the attendees also. Often I will get some good shots when the audience is asking questions of the speakers. I also like to get nice candid shots of the audience either before the conference begins, or during a coffee break in the middle.

Wide shots of the room are also required when shooting conference photography, as well as any finer details you see. An example of this might be a logo, or pamphlet. Someone in the audience might be reading one of these, or even have it on their lap during a conference. This can be a perfect time to get a nice candid shot that also includes the conference logo.

You can see some examples above that I shot at Trinity College featuring TD Mary Mitchell O’Connor, and at The RHA Gallery Dublin featuring TD Paschal Donohoe.

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