Pro audio workshop

Pro audio training:

I recently attended  a small intensive full day workshop on audio for use with my HDSLR cameras by the owner of audio visual specialist PinkNoise, John McCombie.
With only 6 in the group and other video pro’s from the Guardian it was an excellent opportunity to hear about and discuss new tech and setups with John who has over 20 years as a sound engineer on BBC wildlife and Dramas.


My audio kit has now been expanded and my head filled with new settings and new approaches to sound recording in different environments. Where possible, such as on the Crown Inn Pub shoot I prefer to use a professional sound recordist as with visual work there are many variables that you need to be prepared for and not having to think in ‘sound’ can be helpful.

Profile: Marketforce Events

Media: Photography / HD Video / Post Production / 360 Degree Images


Behind the scenes
Leading conference organiser: Marketforce

For 11 years I have been photographing half / full day or three day conferences with evening drinks receptions, excursions and dinners and one of my event clients is Marketforce.
Most conferences that I am booked for take place in 4 and 5 star hotels and institutes in central London but some are out of London and others in European cities.

Over the years I have developed an all encompassing checklist of what images to lookout for and cover on conference style jobs and this list is also something I supply to colleagues who work for me on events when I have double bookings.
Working as I do in many other image fields and industries means that I bring fresh techniques and ‘eyes’ to event and conference style jobs. Without this I fear that a photographer’s look can get tired.

As always for my clients and the attendees they can view a web gallery online and the full set of images from the conference are made available for download.
Images are also available as a ‘license to use’ for the attendees/delegates own company usage after an event.
I also deal with picture and news desks and have had my work printed in national newspapers such as the Financial Times and online news websites.

Above is a very small slideshow of highlights from 2005 to 2011.

Gear & Tech
Canon 5d mark II cameras
Canon L F2.8 zoom lenses 16 -200mm
Wireless Quantum Flash setup with radio triggers

Profile: The IEA

Media: Photography / HD Video / Post Production

Behind the scenes
The Institute of Economic Affairs is one of several charity organisations I work with.
I initially worked indirectly for them for many years through another company
Marketforce [see this post for their profile] but over the last 18months I have
worked more closely with the organisation.

I am regularly commissioned to photograph the IEA’s high profile events such as
visits from Baroness Thatcher, The State of Economy conferences and annual
Hayek lectures. I also produce creative HD videos with multi cameras of their flag ship events [micro crew productions].

In 2010 the IEA created a new website and produced print brochures and I was again commissioned to photograph their premises at Westminster and take staff portraits.

I have done quite a lot of jobs to this format over the years and a typical photo shoot like
this would take around 4hrs depending on the size of the organisation /
company, the specific brief and the budget available. Larger scale jobs but with a similar format take 1-2 days.

The above selection of photos highlights the types of photography the IEA request and use in their pr, marketing, press and website.

HD Video Productions:
Above you can view selected video clips from The State of Economy 2011 full day conference and the 2010 Hayek lecture.
I have made these examples of my production style approximately 6mins as I don’t expect viewers to view conferences up to 2hours in length.
However, if you are interested in economics and the topics discussed you can view The State of Economy here and the Hayek lecture here.

I had the idea at The State of Economy conference to film the students who attended the conference at the lectern with 2 cameras and the client was
particularly pleased with the presentation of this.

All audio is recorded directly from the sound mixing boards at these events and synced with the multiple cameras in post production using Pluraleyes.

In addition to the video I photographed both events, some examples of which are in the photo gallery above. As usual the IEA could view the photos after
the event on a KMPhotos web gallery and download the high-res versions.

Gear & Tech
Canon 5d mark II
Canon L F2.8 zoom lenses 16 -200mm  / 100-400 IS / 1.4 extender for events
Reflectors and 50mm & 85mm F1.2 primes for portraits
Quantum wireless flash system with softboxes

Profile: The British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association

Media: Photography / 360 Degree Images

Behind the scenes
A relatively new client on the back of a recommendation from another corporate client [which is always nice].
I started working for the BVCA in the summer of 2010 and this is a client who invites me to photograph in some fantastic London locations with events in Claridges, the Saatchi gallery, RIBA, Cinnamon Club, Christmas Marquee at Embankment, One Mayfair, Town halls and numerous London hotels.

About the BVCA in their words:
‘The British Private Equity & Venture Capital Association (BVCA) is the industry body and public policy advocate for the private equity and venture capital industry in the UK. The BVCA Membership comprises over 230 private equity, midmarket and venture capital firms with an accumulated total of over £230 billion funds under management.’

I am the BVCA official photographer and provide photography on a mix of events from high profile black tie awards ceremonies, to conferences to private dinners, parties, seminars and staff / company portraiture.

A  fast turnaround and rush processing with a selection of images for press purposes is the norm with this client.
As always for my clients and the attendees they can view a web gallery online with the full set of images from the conference and the high-resolution images are made available for download for the client.
Images are also available as a ‘license to use’ for attendees own company usage after the event.

Gear & Tech:
Depends on the job every time, so I usually take one full kit bag, zoom lenses, primes, the works.
360VR kit bag for the virtual images.
I do always try and shoot with only available light. High iso on the mark II has very useable noise levels and creates much more atmospheric images.