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Nikon In Partnership with Raindance Film Festival honed in on talent from around the world and brought them to the finals of the Nikon European Film Festival. This year held at Vue Piccadilly, London, the judging panel included the likes of Elliot Grove, Founder, Raindance Film Festival and Asia Argento, Filmmaker & Chair of the Jury for the Nikon European Film Festival.
Being a Pro Nikon user (requirement) I hired by a PR firm to capture the running order of the event which included stills of interviews, portraits of winners and the general ambiance of the evening. I’d just bought a Nikon 35mm f/1.4 G AF-S and wanted to try this out on my D4 for some of the casual portraits. I also knew it would be dark in there and would need this extra low light power at my disposal. When shooting around interviews I tend to steal some of the light set up by the video guys, and because this was shot inside a cinema for Nikon it looked good! I wasted zero time as the shots needed to be quick and spot on. The results were exactly what the client required for their PR.
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Business conference photography at The Dorchester in London. The event photography was for Huawei’s “Open Roads To A Better Connected World” Pre-MWC Analyst and Media Briefing 2015″
Analysts and Journalists from all over the world gather for the 4.5G technologies briefing in London ahead of the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The brief included photographing a series of presentations, networking and business discussion forums in the main ballroom and business meeting rooms throughout The Dorchester. What made this event unique was a combination of things, for a start the client is the largest telecommunications company in the world and the location was possibly the most famous hotel in the world. The event was also a precursor to the Mobile World Congress.
The Dorchester has a great deal of space for large events and Huawei secured the ballroom for the conference and up to 6 business suites for Q&As with company executives and a penthouse suite where private meetings with the CEO were conducted. Photographing all these areas throughout the hotel capturing the conversation and upbeat dynamic image of the event was a challenge for just one photographer. I was also presented with the challenge of only receiving a brief just an hour before the start of the event, unusual but I was prepared for this. With event organisers and clients understandably pre-occupied with other aspects, the photography is often the last thing on their minds! It’s not unusual to receive a programme, site map and scribbled briefings just before the event kicks off. Sometimes a client will want to pick a few images to post or send to someone during the event and this is why laptops are always a life saving bit of kit at events. So anyway, as I’m always cool headed in these situations I just take it in my stride. Though not for the faint hearted!
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It doesn’t get any more authentic than a Commercial photography shoot at the marvellous Rivoli Ballroom in Brockley, South East London. And in their own words “A wonderland of plush red velvet gold-framed walls” You can’t imagine Brono Tonioli or Brucey for that matter anywhere else. The FSCS were shooting a video with Strictly Judge Brono Tonioli with the aim to promote their services using the power of online advertising.
I was there for the all essential stills during the interview and subsequent shots of Bruno we are familiar with, such as the dancing, and sences you wouldn’t be so familiar with, like painting! If your a photographer who has dabbled with sports photography and have never really tried photographing dancing, its like the best of both areas – action and creative lighting.
All the stills used were for the promotion of the video online, advertising and various articles affiliated with finance.
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