We are all familiar with the pop of light produced by a camera’s flash – flash can add extra light to the scene to give a certain look and allow the photographer to use camera settings that reduce the grain (noise) in the photo.
Whilst flash is a key tool in photography to produce evenly-lit photos in dark environments, there can be times where flash cannot be used. For example, if you want to take candid photos at an event, a flash would alert everyone to where the photographer is, and the candid element is lost. Or maybe a guest is sensitive to flashing lights, or maybe you just don’t want constant flashing all night long as it annoys you.
Recently, we had the pleasure of photographing a surprise Birthday Party in London’s fashionable Soho. The venue was Suvlaki, an Athenian creation serving healthy Greek food. The walls are lined with columns inspired by the Parthenon, and the marble tables sit under warm mood-lights, all in a cosy space with an open kitchen.
As you can see, there were a large number of guests close together in the compact venue – to meet the brief of candid, in the moment photos, we needed to do our best to remain incognito. All-black clothing and no flash was the order of the day.
We had to make do with the small amount of mood lighting available. Thankfully we have two weapons in our arsenal – professional quality equipment and professional skills!
Check out the below sample photos from the night, and consider this option for your event!