We provide event photography coverage for a variety of clients across the Durham Region and Greater Toronto Area. We recently hit the ground at 6 different locations in Pickering, Ajax, Whitby, Brooklin and Oshawa to show the strike action on January 30, 2020.
This summer and fall have been full of wonderful events – from book launches, to beer festivals and celebrations of powerful women in the arts. One thing they all have in common (along with the many events we have covered over the years) is ever changing lighting conditions.
Of all the things I considered writing about on this topic the one I felt would be the most helpful for a client is how to plan for successful photography at an event.
Let there be light.
The first rule of events is to light your anyone who speaks or performs on stage.
Do not assume the ambient light in the room will suffice, for example, light from the ceiling does not flatter the face creating shadows under the hairline, eyes and nose, and the neck.
Instead light the stage with a light that hits the face at a , we had some lovely lighting at the last Whitby Courthouse event and from Leo at Rent-a-Stage Canada at Whitby Beerfest. I won’t get too technical (mainly because stage lighting is not my expertise) however using a series of lights at a 45 degree angle is ideal for a stationary speaker (experts will tell you there is more to the science so using the in house professionals is always a good idea).
So if we are candid about time, daylight wins.
As the images we took at the Wild Nellies “Celebration of Women” shows working in low light or stage light can be amazing. It will however never quite add up to the beauty Mother Nature dishes up in that golden hour or through filtered window light at an event for clear, beautiful images.
Deciding when (i.e. what month of the year) and where to host your event will impact the look of the images. Natural light images were par for the course at Beerfest until the sun went down. On the lit stage at the Whitby Courthouse theatre we used the stage lighting from the lighting booth upstairs in the theatre. At the SG we used a mixture of natural light, flash and ambient lighting to capture the Drawing for Art event.
In the dark of the night.
In the absense of light and to grab images of tables at charity events such as “Starry Nights” hosted each June by the YWCA we use flash. A diffuser on the on camera light literally douses the area in front of you in light and the further away the subject is from the light source (you and your camera) the less light there is (we call that light fall off).
We recommend holding a pose for a few minutes to give the photographer a few takes. This accounts for movement, focusing and closed eyes – which the more people in a photo the more chance of a blinker.
At the podium? Here are a few tips.
If I could give someone speaking one word of advice I would say stop, look up and smile for a period of time longer than YOU think needed. This gives eye contact to the audience and gives us the 10 seconds or longer needed to take the ideal shot of you.
The pause removes shapes created by talking and replaces them with a smile. Eyes are not diverted to the podium or page but instead at your audience. Light is hitting your face and not being shadowed by a microphone. In the end this simple change will help create more effective shots of your event and your speakers/performers.
Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller | www.trinitydesign.ca
Trinity Design Photography was proud to be asked to be the event photographer at the Station Gallery in Whitby’s annual Drawing for Art 2019 fundraiser. This month, Station Gallery is celebrating its 26th annual Drawing for Art event, which is it’s signature fundraiser.
“The concept is simple. Early in the year, we put out a call to artists for donations—large, small, framed, unframed, any style or medium. Each year we are thrilled, and even humbled, by how generously the artist community responds. Prominent names in Canadian contemporary art have contributed this year, such as Darlene Cole, Akira Yoshikawa and Natalka Husar. We should note that these are artists whose works typically sell for multiple thousands of dollars through their commercial dealers, and you will have the chance to take home one of their works for only the price of your ticket! We are equally amazed by the contributions of emerging artists, too, and are proud to be a small part of their works becoming more widely recognized. Rising talents who have donated to this year’s event include Barbara Barrett, Wade Belbin and Alyssa Corbett.” – SG Website
“The energy at the gallery on the night of Drawing for Art is simply electric. The air is alive with the thrill of our guests anticipating their number being called. Adding an interesting element to the night is the way in which different artistic tastes flavour the overall atmosphere. After all, one painting might move someone profoundly, whereas another may appeal intensely to someone else. To see the ways in which these different tastes intermingle on one special night is truly remarkable.” – SG Website
To join the Station Gallery as a member visit their website: https://www.stationgallery.ca/
Kirsten McGoey | Visual Storyteller | www.trinitydesign.ca
We created this video to showcase the event, remind you of some of the facts that require us to fundraise for YWCA Durham‘s Y Wish Shelter and more. To have us cover your event please contact us on our Connect page.
Kirsten McGoey, Visual Storyteller, Trinity Design
“Violence Against Women is the largest human rights violation around the world. Our community is no exception. Here in Durham Region we are dealing with one of the highest incidents of domestic violence in the province. The statistics speak for themselves. Sadly, in Ontario, a woman is killed every six days by her partner and in Durham Region; one in three women will experience abuse in their lifetime. But…change is possible!”
Trinity Design is proud to be working as the event photographer on behalf of YWCA Durham for this event to provide marketing materials for this essential service in Durham Region. Statistically 1 in 3 women you KNOW have been touched by domestic violence so join us for this event or make a donation here: http://www.ywcadurham.org/donate-s2j8b
Kirsten McGoey, Visual Storyteller, Trinity Design | Whitby