Setting up the DEMO set at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, Calif.
I photographed DEMO Fall 2011 in Santa Clara. I always love shooting DEMO. The technology launched there is always interesting to say the least. This year, I was able to shoot the conference with three Canon wireless file transmitters. Demonstrators have six minutes to launch their technology. It is out goal to have images online by the time they step off the stage. During previous DEMO conference, I would drop cards at the back of the auditorium, which meant I wouldn’t be able to shoot a lot of the demonstration. With the help of Mike Gurley of Canon and the guys at iTech Sherpa I was able to transmit more than 9,000 images wirelessly. Also a big thanks to the guys at Evergreen Creative Here are a collection of image. Most of them are behind-the-scenes, which are always my favorite as most people don’t get to see those photographs.
Installing the DEMO pavilion sign at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, Calif.
An overflow audience forced some to find available wall space and power outlets at the Santa Clara Convention Center in Santa Clara, Calif.
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This photo was lit with an umbrella, camera left, and a light behind the subject aimed at the stairs.
I was assigned to photograph a human resources manager for Corbis. The story was about the changes in health insurance brought about by the new healthcare registration, which has many human resources people keeping pretty busy. Not a terribly visual story to illustrate. An added caveat was that couldn’t have any photos adorning the walls in my photos (Corbis policy), which made it even more difficult. This was also to be the cover of a special section so it needed to have space for type. I really didn’t want to place the manager in front of a sign and shoot, so I looked for eye candy that would provide a somewhat interesting backdrop. Corbis’ headquarters is in an old bank building in downtown Seattle and there was a great big vault with a round door that I, as many other photographers before me, could not resist. I also shot some photos down a hallway with doors to smaller vaults and on a somewhat grand stairway as well as a shot overlooking the ground floor of the office. For most portraits I use a small speedlite set up which are quick to set up and move … and now to control. Oh yeah and there are no cables. . I was able to photograph the manager, who is a very nice person, with four different backgrounds. This was the first time I was able to use my new PocketWizard Zone Controller, which allows me to control three groups of speedlites manually from my camera. The new ZoneController works really well and is step up from the clunky TTL flash and Canon ST-E2 ratio controls, which only allowed me to control the output on two zones. It makes things much simple and than any of my previous speelite set ups. A few more shots after the break. Some worked better than others for various reasons. All of the images are full frame. Continue reading »