Internet Week Denmark How to photograph Events

My name is Greg McQueen and I have worked as a professional photographer for about 5 years. In that time, I have photographed approximately 300 corporate events.

Here are my tips on how to properly photograph a corporate event.

Preparation, preparation, preparation

Prepare your gear the day or evening before the event.

  • Charge batteries
  • Check SD cards
  • Check camera
  • Pack your camera bag
I unpack and repack my camera bag each an every time I prepare to photograph an event or have to do an assignment.
And I double check my gear before I leave for the assignment on the day.

Arrive early to the event and take the time to introduce yourself to the organizers and the speakers.

If the organizers and speakers know why you are there they will let you do your job.

Make sure you pick up a copy of the program for the event. It will have the names of the speakers and the timeline for the event, which, for example, will help you know how long you have to photograph a particular speaker.

If the speaker is only on stage for 10 minutes, you know you only have that long to make the coverage needed. If they are on stage for longer, you can take you time and work the situation a little more once you have your basic coverage.

An event is a series of moments. A story.

Think of an event like a story. It is your job to capture and document that story.

Images are much more powerful when they tell a story. It is the difference between just being someone with a camera and being a photographer, between taking photos and making photographs.

Here are a few things to look out for that will help you tell the story of the event ...

Movement and expression

Look for movement and expression when photographing a speaker.

Closer is better

Get close if you need to, even if you have to quietly get up on the stage.

If you need to get on the stage, do it discretely. If you took the time to arrive early and talk with the speaker, they will know why you are there and won't be surprised.

Don't forget the audience

The audience is part of the story. Don't forget to catch shots of them during the key note. People sit and listen in the most unexpected and interesting ways.


Look for details that also help tell the story.

We want to see faces, not backs of heads. Take your wide shots from the back of the stage.
Look for unusual or unexpected vantage points that create interesting images.

During breaks, take plenty of photos of people talking and networking. Again, look for movement and expression.

Low and high

Don't forget to go low or high. We don't want every picture you take telling us your height!

Always look for better changes of angle.

Always remember that being a great photographer demands focus.
I am always happy to answer questions.

A good place to contact me is through my About Me page via the button below.

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Created with images by Didgeman - "photographic equipment lens photo bag" • Imahinasyon Photography - "Contax G1"

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