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Photographing a Convention for My Day Job

by dav.d

A few weeks ago my day job held their global convention in Salt Lake City, Utah. They asked if I would photograph the Experience Center where people learn about the new products and also capture their interaction with scientists, the product store, photo booths, and more. The event had more than 11,000 people from around the world.

Musical number with dancers

Musical number with dancers

I also had the opportunity to photograph some of the general sessions at the former Energy Solutions Arena. These can be high energy events where there are musicians, dancers, wireless glow sticks, and more. I think I spent a lot of the time there with 3 cameras so I could photograph the wide angle shots, the telephoto shots, and the whole party atmosphere. There were a number of event photographers on hand and it is fun to watch how other photographers photograph an event.

Photographing in the Energy Solutions Arena

Photographing in the Energy Solutions Arena

For the week I created almost 3,000 photographs and I whittled it down to about 900 photos. As Steve Jobs says “Kill your darlings.” You want the best photographs when you photograph this much. Although I do try and keep enough variety for the company to use in future marketing.

So much goes on to produce these big events

So much goes on to produce these big events

I had last photographed one of our conventions a number of years ago and I can definitely see an improvement since that time. Practice and better gear has certainly helped!

Wireless glow sticks and lighting make for a fun experience

Wireless glow sticks and lighting make for a fun experience

Song and dance to start the general session

Song and dance to start the general session

A young participate autographs the wall

A young participate autographs the wall

Selfie sticks were everywhere

Selfie sticks were everywhere

Speaking to the 11,000 distributors at the EAS

Speaking to the 11,000 distributors at the EAS

Distributors try out the new software

Distributors try out the new software

People pose with the new product bottle costume

People pose with the new product bottle costume

Etrayn plays the music for a party

Etrayn plays the music for a party

There were a number of photo booths including a kaleidoscope

There were a number of photo booths including a kaleidoscope

Company executives meeting with distributors

Company executives meeting with distributors

People check out the VR for a recent trip to Norway

People check out the VR for a recent trip to Norway

The Salt Palace at sunset

The Salt Palace at sunset

Dancers warm up the crowd

Dancers warm up the crowd

I'm in a kayak! This was one of the photo booths

I’m in a kayak! This was one of the photo booths

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