Dealing with Mixed Light as a Convention Photographer

Dealing with Mixed Light as a Convention Photographer

Working as a Professional Convention Photographer

Conventions are one of the most challenging events to get right for a professional photographer. This is because unlike other types of photography, there are several major reasons why businesses hire photographers to cover conventions and trade shows for them. It could be for documentation purposes, for marketing purposes or to serve as a reminder to attendees of their time at an event. Whichever the case might be, the job must be top notch.

Proper lighting can be a major obstacle that stands in the way. The issue of mixed light concerns most photographers. If you’re planning to hire a convention photographer for your event, you should also be worried because your choice of the photographer can make or mar your expectations.

Mixed Light

Most convention venues are usually indoors, and there is a good chance that your event will fall into this category. Indoor venues are characterized by tall ceilings, fluorescent, halide and scattered lighting which are unflattering and do more harm than good. While it is expectedly bright in certain areas, the lighting produces harsh shadows and bright backgrounds. These are undesirable qualities when not needed.

Problems are always expected and these issues are equally easy to overcome. However, that would require a photographer to actually fine-tune his camera before taking each photo. Even if one could, time waits for no one and I’m sure the event goes on even if the photographer is not ready to capture the moments. This simply cannot happen.

Expertise, Experience and Equipment Counts.

The above-mentioned three components actually count a lot in times like this. With experience, we just need to know what to change, how to change it, and when to make the changes so we don’t miss anything. Making on-the-go adjustments comes naturally only if you have experienced similar problems before. The expensive equipment counts, but it only begins to matter if a photographer has been doing it for many years. Just about anybody can own a million dollar camera, but experience and expertise are what you’ll need to produce a million dollar photograph.

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