Interview with Liberal Democrat Party Rt Hon David Laws MP

Media: DSLR Filming / Post Production

Behind the scenes
The above video clip is under 6 mins and highlights KM production values on this and similar jobs.

This was filmed at the IEA HQ in Westminster.
We set up 3 cameras, one at the back of the crowded room and one on either side of the stage.
There was no time for a sound check as the MP and IEA director walked in, put the mics on and started the interview.
No setup lighting was used [high iso on the Canon’s].

Post production
As usual I film with at least 3 full HD cameras and it was great to be able to cut between cameras to create an engaging final video for all viewers.
The only problem is the edit takes longer with 3 separate timelines. I also film with flat picture profiles and grade the footage.

One thing I would change would be that I would have liked a fourth camera on the audience for some reaction cutaways [but this also adds to the overall budget of the production].

However, you only have to compare this production to the more common approach of simply pressing record from a camera at the back of the room and occasionally zooming in, which unfortunately I see far too often for companies and organisations that could have higher production value filming.

If you’re interested in viewing the full 1hr interview you can do so on here on the clients Vimeo channel which I upload and assist them with.

Gear and Tech
Sony NEX FS100 [back of the room camera]
2 x Canon 5d Mark II DSLR cameras
Canon 70-200mm F2.8 IS and Canon 100-400 L IS
Zoom h4n with Sennheiser lapel mics x 2
3 x Manfrotto video tripods and 3 x video heads
Pluraleyes for syncing of all 3 cameras with the master audio

“I’m absolutely delighted with the service we receive from Karim at Creative Visual Services. The photos and the multi camera video productions we receive are always imaginative, elegant and beautifully shot. Very highly recommended indeed.”
Mark Littlewood, Director General of the IEA

CAF: Britain’s Kindest Kid: Inside No.10 Downing Street with David Cameron

Media: Photography / Press

Behind the scenes
Less than two weeks after filming and photography inside No.11 Downing street and I’m back. This time in No.10 Downing street and with the Prime minister David Cameron.

The commission was for photography and the wiring of images to press news desks onsite of Britain’s Kindest Kid and this was for a new client the Charities Aid Foundation [CAF].
Channel 5 news were also filming the event so I had the opportunity to work and meet their cameramen [had a nerdy conversations about filming broadcast news with DSLR cameras during the Arab Spring], news presenters and news editor.

As per No.11 security and time were big factors. Channel 5 news were filming the event and there were times when I couldn’t use flash, but shooting available light is what I prefer so this was not always a problem.
When the PM handed the awards to the 5 winners [who were each amazing individuals, one of them has raised £400,00 so far to help combat bullying in schools!] I had a few seconds to photograph with flash [with my on camera soft box] before the PM moved on to chat with the next award winner about their achievements and background.

After about 30mins with the PM indoors there was a quick photo-op outside No.10 with the channel 5 news presenters issuing medals to the winners, this had to be quick as the BBC were about to go live at 6pm and the nation would have seen me in the back of their shot taking photos [more likely they would have told me to move].

The next stage was to get a group shot of David Cameron with the award winners across to the news and picture agencies.

As usual after the event CAF and Channel 5 could view the full set of images and download the high-res jpegs. A CD-ROM was also sent in the post.
A smaller selection of images is shown in the above slideshow

I’ve greatly enjoyed my two jobs inside No.10 & No.11. Its valuable to have the experience of the protocol involved and I look forward to getting the opportunity to photograph and film there again.

Images were also requested for the Downing Street’s Flickr photostream which was great.

I’m always pleased to work with a new client and the Charities Aid Foundation team were a pleasure to work with.

Finally, look out for me on Channel 5 news for their coverage of Britain’s Kindest Kid [going to a public vote soon] as I’m sure I was in some of their footage.

Gear and Tech.
Canon 5d Mark II DSLR
Canon 24-70mm F2.8
580EX flash [took the wireless Quantum Qflash with me but there was no time or space to set it up]
Micro Apollo soft box

“Karim produced great photographs for us. He thought of everything which meant we could relax and enjoy the event. I would definitely recommend him.”
Mandy Pursey, Head of PR Charities Aid Foundation

NPGEA Awards Ceremony Inside No.11 Downing Street

Media: Photography / HDSLR Video / Post Production / Social Media

Show Reel

Interview examples

Full event video

Behind the scenes

This commission was to film and photograph INSIDE No. 11 Downing street. Previously I have only stood outside No.10 across the street behind the metal gates for press photo calls.

My client is the Institute of Fundraising and this is the fifth year I have been commissioned for their National Payroll Giving Excellence Awards.
I have proudly been the IOF’s official photographer over the last 7 years.

On this occasion the IOF requested my full creative visual services package, photography of the awards ceremony, an HD multi camera angle video production including interviews and post production services to bring everything together.

Time was a key factor during the evening as we had to leave the building at 8pm sharp. We manages to set up in the room about 45mins before the guests arrived. Directly after the awards ceremony I set up posed photography portraits of all the winners and certificate winners with the ministers/mp’s [I used a new Micro Apollo soft box on my Canon 580 flash gun to soften the light and it worked well]

Once the photography was complete, it meant that there was little time left for the interviews, about 25mins. Initially I wanted to set up for multi camera angle interviews but getting the audio levels right with so much background noise was challenging and took priority so I went back to just the one camera. Ideally I would have moved somewhere away from the 100 people happily [but loudly] networking in the same room, but we were not allowed to film outside of the room the awards were taking place in.

There was no stage lighting for the speakers other than from 2 large chandeliers in the room, ideally some catch lights for the eyes would have been nice, but the noise free high ISO [film speeds] of the canon 5d mark II cameras is always impressive. Also as all the delagates were standing it would have been better to have raised platforms for a clear line of sight.

These last few points sound a little like I’m moaning but many of these variables are part and part of filming on location and unless you can have a fully locked off and controlled shoot, getting results that you are pleased with and more importantly the client loves is where experience and a I believe background in photojournalism pays off.


The show reel above highlights how I look to film and take photos with available light and shallow depth of field for a more cinematic feel during the networking drinks reception. I had more footage from the networking sessions but wanted to keep the overall length of the show reel to a minimum to keep viewers attentions.

I take care of the social media uploading to clients channels [saves them time and problems] and any amends to the footage. Before the client could use the photography and videos Downing street press office had to approve all the footage.

Overall a fantastic event, great to film and photograph in such a prestigious location.

Gear and Tech.
First outing for the new Sony NEX FS100 [matched colour profiles to the 5d’s, still needed further colour grading in post]
2 x Canon 5d Mark II DSLR
Canon 24-70mm, 70-200mm F2.8 IS and Canon 50mm F1.2
Zoom h4n with a new custom made -45db attenuated xlr stereo cable into sound mixing desk with engineer.
Litepanels micro pro hybrid led light [new]
Sennheiser & Rode Videomic pro microphones
3 x Manfrotto video tripods and 3 x video heads
Pluraleyes for syncing of all 3 cameras with the master audio [a must for me working with DSLR’s in these environments]
Music rights for the show reel

“We have worked with Karim for five years on the NPGEA and find the service quick and of a very high standard.  Nothing is too complicated and the team is adaptable, meeting our exact needs.  This year we used their video technology to add an extra dimension to our awards event at Downing Street and promote the event using social media tools and the results speak for themselves”.
Lee Grant, Head of Membership Communities, IOF.