I’ve written before about event photography – in particular planning is critical for wedding photography or corporate shoots (and when you’re being paid) BUT, there are also times when you decide to take your camera along just to capture the moment and hopefully get some interesting shots – SNAPPYS – Social Not Actually Planned Photography You Shoot.
Case in point is our small annual Xmas poker game with a few mates, beers, a pizza or ten and combined with some good old fashioned mate sledging. So, last night I grabbed the camera and just shot as the evening unfolded.
With any type of event you know ahead that there’s a basic storyline or timeline that will be followed.
- Arrival and introductions (introduce the characters)
- Game commencement, rounds and player eliminations
- The Finale
- The Award Ceremony
- Canon 7D with 15mm-85mm kit lens
- 1 x 580 EXII Speedlight hot shoe mounted.
- Manual setting – Shot f/5.6, 160ASA, 1/100 shutter with E-TTL
Home later that night in Lightroom about 50 shots are quickly short listed to a dozen and then shorted listed again to seven ( I read somewhere that when compositing you want to use an odd number – Rule of odds )
I use OnOne Perfect Photo Suite 6 software effects module and select “Nicely Toasted” from the Vintage Presets – it’s fast and gives the photos a different look and feel then the straight photographs.
Back in Photoshop all the photos are added as layers and a corkboard background image is Googled, copied and added.
The same process for some drawing board pins. I could spend an hour just making these pins more realist but how much time do you want to spend?
I hand-write in some comments using my old Wacon tablet – this is an essential PC interface add on for anyone working with images.
The entire image is merged to create the end result. All up it’s around fours hours work (do you still call it work if you’re doing it to learn?).
I post into my Facebook page and tag the lads – they love it.
Does it work better than the individual unprocessed shots? Absolutely….well I think so. What do you think?