I know the title of this post sound a bit weird but let me explain.
A month ago I was invited by my very good friend Tristan Titeux to an event that I never heard of before, the annual Loyds TSB PEAB award 2013 which took place on 7th May 2013 at One Marylebone, London. After I met with Tristan and I got introduced to the organizers it turns out that they didn’t have an official photographer for the event, so I instantly became the person responsible for the photography for the event.
Ok this is good but I wasn’t kind of prepared for this, although I had my camera with one 580 EX II speedlite unite I instantly knew that this one source of light wasn’t going to be enough. Luckily the organizers did the good job of sorting out the venue in a very professional manner (apart of the photography) so there was a team of technicians responsible for lighting the whole venue.
After we placed a mark on the stage where the winners need to stay for the photographs to be taken I went to talk with the lighting technician and make sure that he will direct one coloured full CTO spot light over the mark where my objects were going to be.
Ok so far everything was sorted according to my needs but as I wasn’t the one who build up the lighting setup basically I didn’t have any control over the lights apart from the arranged warm spot light for the nomination of the winners.
From the image bellow you can see that light wise the overall situation isn’t bad at all but as a photographer, if I was to build the whole lighting from scratch, I was going to create some contrast by lighting for the background. And this is what the lighting engineers did, the background of the church dome behind the stage was lit by nice green colour which was creating such a lovely contrast. From this point on the only option for me was to compose the images in a way that I could take full advantage of this nice lighting. So basically I was lighting my images by simply compositing the frame in the right way as no lights that night were in my control.
It may sound quite simple and obvious but is always good to keep observing all of the available elements that can improve your photographs and take a full advantage of them.
For this images I used my Canon 5D which is full frame body and is the preferable option for shooting in high ISO and for the lens I had my beloved Canon EF 24-105 mm IS USM F/4.
Another interesting thing was that I had the chance to photograph some of the London’s famous people like Leo Johnson, Lord Liard and Paul Turner form Lloyds.