Much of my work involves supplying images, and text, to the Regional and National media. Over the years I have been commissioned to photograph many events and send the images to the Press and for many years I worked directly for the Newspapers and PR Agencies. Occasionally I still shoot for the Press but more often than not I am being commissioned to shoot directly for the client, to promote their event or service.
On this occasion I was commissioned by Waterloo 200 to cover an event at 11 Downing Street. Although not the first time I had been there, this was definitely was of the most high profile events I had attended at Downing street as it was graced by numerous high profile celebrities and politicians.
On this sort of event I aim to cover the bulk of the event by photographing the primary attendees networking and chatting. These events are often more about people interacting with only a short segment being dedicated to the main event, normally a statement from a representative of the organisation hosting the event.
On this occasion I used the time available to get headshots of the principle stakeholders. Simple portraits suitable for a Press Release, statement or website.
All images were shot on either the X-E2 or X100s. Both are simply outstanding cameras, ideal for almost any press job. The only jobs where the cameras tend to lack are those that need the use of flash combined with a rapid shoot sequence, such as sport or the typical Pap chase down the street. In those situations the cameras struggle as you can only use the camera in single shot drive mode when using flash…. I know many press photographers who claim this is a deal breaker. They need that rapid drive combined with flash, but in my case I use my experience. In the 1980’s there were no cameras that shot at high speed. The invention of the motor drive that shot 3 frames a second was a novelty and caused as many problems as it solved. We only had 36 exposures to play with, so it was easy to run out of film at a prime moment if we weren’t careful. In those days we tended to shoot sparingly, saving film and only shooting at the exact moment we needed to. I regularly processed rolls of film with only 4 or 5 exposures on it, simply because I hit the shutter button at the right moment….thats exactly how I try to work now. Things have changed a bit. I can now shoot hundreds of images on a job…I try not to, as it means more images to filter through, but on most jobs like this one I don’t shoot more than a couple of hundred and every single one is shot at the right moment, so no images are wasted…