fredag 4 mars 2011

Event photography with a manual focus lens!

I was asked by my friend Maria Gustafsson ( to be her photographer for a one hour event where she was the moderator of a conversation between three people on the subject of being called a sellout and what that really means.

From left to right: Katarina Gröndahl, Ted Hesselbom, Dogge Doggelito and Maria Gustafsson

So i packed my bag with the trusty and wonderful Canon 580 EX II and a homemade flash bouncer that a friend gave me (it works great and costs less then 20 dollars to make!)
As for the lens i went with the great and wonderful manual focus Pentacon 50mm 1.8 MC auto lens which despite having a 360 degree focusing ring allows me to focus very fast on a object!
So does a somewhat weirdly lit room with moving guests hinder me from getting sharp photos: The answer is no!
Thank to liveview and the fact that i only had to turn the ring from infinity to the minimum focusing distance maybe two or three times so i had no problem getting great photos, even with the musical act towards the end of the night when the rappers were moving around allot!

Another reason i have such success with a manual focus lens is that i carefully choose my subjects so that i take a great photo and also allow myself the time to focus and get a sharp photo!
With that said a Canon 50mm 1.4 USM is on my shopping list the moment i can afford it so that covering events get a little easier.

How did it go for Maria you ask:
She did a excellent job making sure that everyone of the panel got to speak during the hour that the discussion lasted.
Being a moderator is a really hard job because you have to be the boss and give each panelists equal time t0 speak but at the same time make sure you stick to the time limit!
So the next time you see someone that does a great job moderating a panel make sure to praise and make him/her happy with a positive review!


Dont let a manual focus lens stop you from taking that great shot!

Plan out the photos in your head before taking them, this makes you take even better photos and gets you into the habit of having more available space in your memory cards!

Thank the moderator, they deserve a positive review!

Here is a album with pictures from that evening:


Have you worked as a event photographer?

How did you find the level of difficultly of being the photographer that has to cover an event?

1 kommentar:

  1. Great shots!

    The only event i ever cover is Vasaloppet. Because I am not a great photographer (yet) and Vasaloppet is outdoors with enough light for auto-everything to work wounders.