Corporate Photography – Imperial College, London

Written by: Glyn Dewis

Published: December 20, 2009

Category: General

Last week I was at the Imperial College, London taking photographs of a Dr Patrick Naylor: Director of Postgraduate Studies at the College specialising in ‘sound’.

When we first met up to discuss the ‘shoot’ Dr Naylor did begin to explain some of the equipment that he uses to me but he must have noticed the glazed “you’ve lost me” expression that enveloped my face; still, I did ask more about the iPhone prototype he’s working on that has six speakers built into it…nice!

Having worked on the ‘must have’ corporate shots and got them ‘in the bag’ we then worked on a few fun ideas that we’d had over coffee, such as working at the laptop and one that included a composition/montage of several ‘Dr Naylor’s’ in the main lecture room:

Disclaimer: Any resemblance of Dr Naylor’s poses to those of actual students is purely coincidental…honest

Technique:

For the ‘laptop’ shot I put 2 pieces of white A4 paper over the computer screen and fired a single Nikon SB800 which was hidden out of sight onto it; this mimicked the light which would come off the computer screen. Another SB800 was placed camera left on it’s lowest power setting and aimed at the back of the computer to light it up otherwise it was too dark and just blended into the black background.

The lecture room composition was put together by fixing the camera in position on a tripod and then photographing Dr Naylor in several different positions. Dr Naylor was lit by a single bare Nikon SB800 which was moved around for each shot being careful to keep it the same distance away each time. Ending up with about 7 photographs they were then blended together in Photoshop using Layer Masks.

Enjoy ;o)

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4 Comments

  1. Andrew Hart

    Hi Glyn, just stumbled across this site on the web and it’s great! Heaps of content I’m wading through – good stuff. Was just wondering whether the standard corporate stuff was lit with speedlights or something with more juice? If speedlights, would love to know how?

    Reply
    • Glyn

      @Andrew…Hi Andrew, thanks for stopping by; great to hear the blog has something for you.
      Re the corporate shots, they’re all done using Nikon SB800 Speedlights. The ones outdoors were all ‘bare bulb’ due to the breeze and not wanting the stand to topple over and the ones indoors were taken using a 40″ Reflective Umbrella. The ‘scene’ was set by firstly getting the environment how i wanted it ‘in camera’ and then once that was done the light was brought in. As a rule I generally use just the one light and maybe 99% of the time a refelective/shoot-thru umbrella. Some of the photos indoors were taken using my Invisible Black Backdrop Technique which you can see here.

      Hope that helps but always feel free to get in touch if you want to speak more,
      Cheers,
      Glyn

      Reply
  2. Afra

    Hi Glyn. I work for Imperial College and we are looking for a photographer to take some shots. When you are available please email me and I will send you some information?

    Thank You

    Regards

    Reply
    • Glyn

      @Afra…Thanks for getting in touch; I’ve emailed you direct.

      Regards, Glyn

      Reply

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