Look For A Different Perspective

I recently had an opportunity to photograph an event at the beautiful Hotel del Coronado for the Arizona Rock Products Association.  This was my first time shooting in this historic Victorian venue, so I was interested in finding something with a different perspective.

The Crown Room at the Hotel del Coronado hosts the Arizona Rock Products Association (ARPA) conference
The Crown Room at the Hotel del Coronado

The conference’s big dinner was held in the Crown Room. Built in 1888, the sugar pine wood ceilings contain nary a nail – formed entirely by tongue-and-groove, pegs and glue. A real tribute to the craftsmen of the day, it presents a real challenge to photographers. Namely how to light a massive 9300+ square foot room with over 30’ dark ceilings.

Images of the entire room were quite unevenly illuminated. However, by paying attention to some of the key features of the room, I was able to find some interesting angles on the speakers at the podium in the middle of the room.

Executive Director Steve Trussell speaks at the ARPA conference at the Hotel del Coronado
Executive Director Steve Trussell

Incoming Chairman Brad Belt speaks at the ARPA conference at the Hotel del Coronado
Incoming ARPA Chairman Brad Belt

It’s all about perspective. I think they’ll enjoy these images. Hopefully it won’t go to their heads. What do you think? FYI you can look up ARPA on their website or on Facebook. Check them out – they’re good people!

Comments are welcome below!

Color and Light in the Photography Pro Speaker Series

Morton Visuals‘ owner William Morton was one of the featured speakers at the Pro Speaker Series held at San Diego City College’s Career Technology Center on Saturday. Organized by Tony Amat of A/R Event Photography and Thom Hiatt of TBC Creative Multi-Media, this third edition of the series featured three primary speakers. A great turnout of about 70 enjoyed the seminar, complete with lunch provided by NIK Software. Photos below by Johnakin Randolph for A/R Event Photography.

William Morton, Jane Mitchell, and Tony Corbell of the May 28th Photography Pro Speaker Series seminar at San Diego City College.
William Morton, Jane Mitchell and Tony Corbell pose for a group shot after the seminar. Photo by Johnakin Randolph.

26-time Emmy® Award-winning broadcast journalist Jane Mitchell, author of One on One – My Journey with Hall of Famers, Fan Favorites and RisingStars, opened the program. Her new book chronicles a selection of famous athletes’ stories. As described on her website, “No one else has interviewed or done in-depth personal biographies on this particular collection of athletes.  For some, the One on One program is the only in-depth and comprehensive story on their life.  As the television programs have become a part of the sports archives and landscape in San Diego, this book, with Jane’s unique experience sharing their stories, serves as a little slice of history beyond the replays of the TV shows.”

William Morton speaks at San Diego City College during the Photography Pro Speaker Series seminar
William Morton by Johnakin Randolph.

William Morton presented a segment on “Color – Get it RIGHT!” William identified the three major segments of a digital photography workflow and the importance of properly managing your color throughout the entire image-making process. With tools such as the X-Rite ColorChecker Passport, you can calibrate your camera to ensure that the initial image capture renders accurate colors. Then tools such as the Datacolor Spyder3 Studio can take you the rest of the way through the process, profiling your monitor and your printer (for each ink/paper combination). Once everything is profiled you can start a new image-making session with a known good color target to ensure that you start with (and maintain) good color.

Tony Corbell was the day’s “keynote speaker.” Tony’s accomplishments are extensive, and he has become a well-known photo educator. He has written articles in every major photographic magazine in the U.S., Japan, the U.K. and China. He is currently one of a select few Approved Photographic Instructors from the Professional Photographers of America…and he’s the biggest Beatles fan alive. Tony’s presentation on light was all about understanding the quality of light and utilizing light in all of its forms. He definitely kept the audience’s attention throughout, with many of the students seeking him out afterwards to pose for photos with them.

Lorenzo Gunn was on hand to showcase some of the beautiful photo books from Burrell Color Imaging, Phillip Abel was showing off the cool toys from Mamiya America Corporation and promoting their awesome MAC on Campus program, and Matt & Matt of Bongo Bytes were on hand to show software and lots of cool gadgets. Many thanks not only to all those involved but to all those who came out on a Saturday of Memorial Day weekend. It seemed like everyone learned a bit, and hopefully got some inspiration as well.

Corporate Convention Photographers Cover APA

Corporate Convention Photographers photograph the 2010 convention of the American Psychological Association.

Corporate Convention Photographers, based out of Studio J, covered this year’s convention of the American Psychological Association held at the San Diego Convention Center. The busy schedule included numerous meetings and presentations, as well as notable speakers such as former First Lady Rosalynn Carter. A major topic of the convention was marriage equality, particularly well-received here in California after recent court rulings. The San Diego Gay Men’s Chorus lightened things up with a performance on opening night.

Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter speaks at the 2010 APA convention
Former First Lady Rosalynn Carter
Dr. Carol Goodheart speaks during the opening session
Dr. Carol Goodheart opens the convention
Attendees listen to discussions on marriage equality
Attendees hear speakers on marriage equality
The San Diego Gay Men's Chorus performs
San Diego Gay Men's Chorus performs