Today I am going to look at how event photographers in Scotland can utilise their creativity within the constraints of the commercial commission the client provides you with. I will look at it from the perspective of the event photographer in Scotland, with a particular concentration on conference photography in Scotland. So as we all know the brief that the client has supplied you with is the most important part of the job. You must pay attention to the timings of the conference, the exact requirements ie to photograph the First Minister with the Lead Speaker of the conference, to ensure high quality images are provided of all the speakers and the workshops and to ensure you are not intrusive, to allow the delegates to enjoy the event, without you constantly using your flash and standing right in front of people.
Event photography and creativity.
So once we have the basics out of the way, what can you do as an conference photographer in Glasgow, to give that little extra. Well you can make yourself available to all the delegates, so you are open to any requests. You can also shoot from different angles and try some artistic compositions, using props at the event, you can switch lenses, use a macro, or an extremely wide angled lens or change your focus point. It may not be what the client asks for but they will probably love it and you have nothing to lose. It will also give you that Unique Selling Point (USP), so you will stand out in what is a very competitive market.
How to make use of your creative side during a photography commission.
So what else can you do. You can supply them with creative edits, black and white, sepia, use special effects, although don’t go over the top, the photos have to be realistic, you can creatively crop mind you and make use of saturation, black and white and other edits, which will make you stand out. Finally, as an infrared, landscape and architecture photographer in Scotland, I also make use of these skills by photographing the venue to show it at its best both inside and out. The attached link shows how I used infrared photography at an Edinburgh Fringe Festival event. Colour Infrared – Colin Wright Photography (edinburghphotographer.com)
Using Infrared photography at events in Scotland.
I also use infrared photography during weddings, conferences and for other event photography in Scotland. As I said, the client may not have asked for these things, but often they turn out to be their favourite images. Of course, there is more scope to use your creative skills with different genres of photography, wedding and outdoor parties are better for infrared photographers than for conference photography for example.
So, to summarise, get out there and snap away and show of your creativity, you never know where it may take you.
Until next time.