Working the Room

Photographing Literature festivals rarely offers the opportunity of a great picture for the obvious reason that in most instances the main performers are doing nothing more than reading poems or short excerpts from books, which are interesting intellectually, but not visually. The light is generally bad or terrible for photography and the photographer should be unobtrusive and as quiet as possible, which means no flash, not moving around to get a better angle and shooting as few frames as possible.

Preplanning where you will stand is of paramount importance.

This poet, Jayrome Robinet, gave a wonderful performance, made all the better for me by providing the opportunity for a wonderful picture.

85mm, f4, 1/80sec, ISO10,000.

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