Conference Photography in Melbourne
A conference is often a large event where a large number of like minded or people with similar personal or business interests, mingle, network, and listen to a range of knowledgeable and interesting speakers. The schedule of events in a conference is listed according to a published agenda and there are usually no surprises, and the levels of stress for photographers are low, so long as you have done a pretty good job of planning for the event.
The same photography rules apply to the conference photographers too. Below are some of the useful things that you need to know and do when photographing conferences
Be Aware of the Agenda
When you are booked for a business conference in Melbourne, there are certain things that you need to know such as how many panels do they have or how many keynotes. Knowing the agenda might be helpful to have some idea of what the conference is all about.
It would be best if you show up on time, and get your copy of the agenda from the registration table. If you are aware of the agenda and have a watch on hand, you will be far more relaxed. You don’t have to stay the whole time in the conference room, but you shouldn’t miss any program points or Q&A sessions.
Take a good look at the program, and make sure to remember the speakers’ and panelists’ faces to avoid important moments like the CEO meeting another VIP just because you don’t know what they look like.
Be an Invisible Photographer!
Conference organisers would like you to take nice photos of the speaker, but they wouldn’t want you and your camera to obstruct the views of the guests.
Keep in mind that the guests and their companies have paid a lot to attend the conference and listen to what the person is saying on stage. You are paid to take pictures but they also expect you to do it as discreetly as possible.
Your client such as the event company or directly from the marketing department of the client usually provides the shot lists, but check with your point of contact as to exactly what they would like to see. Some clients will just say ‘Do what you usually do’, in which case you’ll just take the reins and be the professional conference photographer you are!