Last week I drove up to Glasgow (a bit of a trip from Bristol!) to attend the DataSpace 2019 conference. My job was to capture highlights of the event on video, and at the same time do stills photography for press / website use. It was an interesting event covering a variety of space / satellite related topics and I did find myself getting sucked into a few of the presentations!
I’d normally bring along an assistant to help with either photography or videography, however on this occasion it wasn’t possible so I ended up managing both. This involved moving around the venue with the URSA (my main video camera) and two stills cameras - I definitely had a good workout over the 2.5 days! My set-up is quick and portable so once I’d moved to where I needed to be I could quickly capture events / highlights in both video and stills from the same position.
When presentations took place in the main hall, I set up the URSA and my stills cameras so that I could get a wide and close of each speaker, as well as showing off the venue. I used a 10mm lens on the URSA and my A7Sii to give the hall an epic wide view that really shows off the scale of the event.
As I was only shooting highlights and not capturing the sessions in full, I just recorded 20 second snippets of presenters when they were their most animated, and took stills at the same time.
Two highlights of the event were both the reception drinks at the Clydeside Distillery and a gala dinner at a stunning converted church venue in the middle of Glasgow on the second night.
The footage from the more informal events always looks great as you capture the delegates really enjoying themselves and networking outside of the conference environment. It’s also a great thing to have on film to promote any further events!