You will often shoot speakers. Speeches. Announcements.

A few suggestions:

  • Shoot from behind the speaker, not just from the front. You want to see the crowd the speaker is addressing!
  • Wait for pauses. Speakers keep speaking, and every shot has funny distorted mouths, unless you wait for natural pauses. Which can be frustratingly few and far between.
  • Try to get some back light (as I did here).
  • Consider using a long lens also, with natural light.  But not for the “behind the speaker” shots – those need a wide lens with bounced flash.

Those few very simple tips will make your “speech! – speech!” shots much better. Better than before, and better than Uncle Fred’s shots.

And now some sleep: I am teaching a full day workshop in Timmins, Ontario today (Sunday).


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