I could smell their dinner.

The presence of another photographer forces me to find better position causing me to get a better shot.

Example. I was shooting a banquet reception for the Boys & Girls Club of America. Another photographer positioned himself to the left side of the stage so that he could get shots of the speakers. I could have posted up next him because there was plenty of space but I chose to find another position. I ended up on the far side of the stage. I didn’t realize until half way into the banquet that the celebrity table was right behind me. I was so close that Denzel Washington and Ashanti could have dropped croutons into my mouth. I literally could smell their dinner. (Which smelled really good because I was hungry because I didn’t eat the food. I have always felt self-conscious about doing anything other than work while I am working. A lesson reinforced by the documentary “Bill Cunningham New York” but that’s another post.) The point is I got the shot of the speakers on stage which were pretty straightforward but I also got great intimate shots of the celebrity guests. Shots the other guy didn’t get.

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Ashanti’s arm looks big because I captured this photo with a Nikkor 20mm f/2.8. Wide angle lenses tend to distort objects that are closer to the lens. She is on an angle so her elbow looks huge. Haha.

So, when all of the photographers are huddled together trying to get the same shot I move to a different place. The jerk inside of me laughs at those other photographers battling for the same shot. I rather miss the shot while trying to find a different spot than to have the same shot as all the others. Sometimes I can be a little stubborn. Sometimes I just want a little elbow room. And sometimes, when I’m lucky, I get a memorable shot.

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“When you see a group of photographers all shooting form the same vantage point, shoot quick and then run the other way and find your own camera position.” – The Passionate Photographer: Ten Steps Toward Becoming Great (Voices That Matter) by Steve Simon