Professional Booth Photography during OFC 2018 at the San Diego Convention Center

San Diego Corporate Event and Booth Photography

Professional Booth and Exhibit Photography at the San Diego Convention Center

As a San Diego corporate event photographer who has shot events in Las Vegas for the last fifteen years, I was extremely excited to be photographing my first event at the San Diego Convention Center. I was tasked with shooting booth photos for a long time client who designs, builds and maintains some fabulous booths for companies big and small.

Professional Booth and Exhibit Photography at the San Diego Convention Center

As this was my first event at the San Diego Convention Center, I wanted to make sure that everything went smoothly. I was scheduled to arrive at 7am to shoot 6 booths that my client had built, and I would aim to get all six done by 9am. The show opened at 10, so I gave myself a little extra time to factor in for any unexpected obstacles.

Lightron Professional Booth and Exhibit Photography at the San Diego Convention Center

If you live in or near any of the big cities in California, you will know that parking is always a challenge and being familiar with the parking situation in Las Vegas, I knew that this would be my first obstacle. Seems like a obvious problem but it is an important one and knowing ahead of time is critical. I researched and learned that I had two options; Park in the underground convention parking for $20 or park out back by the bay for $15. Not only was the bay option cheaper, but it was also literally right next to the vendor entry and the hall where the Optical Networking & Communication Conference was taking place. A little research saved me time and money!

Different angle shot by a Professional Booth and Exhibit Photography at the San Diego Convention Center

When shooting booths, I try to use some of a few techniques that I learned while assisting a very good architectural photographer early in my career. Sturdy tripod, bubble level, and cable release are all critical. Some new techniques we didn’t have that I now use are in camera HDR, and Lightroom’s perspective adjustment function. I also use a circular polarizer on a 17-40 to control glare and help control the light output from the LCD screens and monitors to help balance the light.

Booth photographed before the opening of the Exhibit hall by Professional Booth and Exhibit Photographer at the San Diego Convention Center

On site, a little housekeeping insures that my clients booths will look their best and limits the amount of post I need to do to get things the way my client expects. Watching for distracting backgrounds, overhead lights, trashcans, cleaning crews and attendees are important. Organizing chairs and brochures and making sure Monitors and screens are turned on and showing images that add to the overall look are also important. It’s the little things that make big differences.

Booth photographed before the opening of the Exhibit hall by Professional Booth and Exhibit Photographer at the San Diego Convention Center

 

In post, making sure the color is correct, the lines are straight and the booth logos and features are visible are things to consider. Also, though I use HDR in camera, I am very careful not to overdo it. I try to keep the images as realistic as possible to enhance the product while respecting tonal range and shadows.

So there you have it. My first booth shoot in San Diego for an long time client. I look forward to posting many more gigs as I begin to gain some traction in San Diego as an event and corporate event photographer. Till next time…..

Booth photographed before the opening of the Exhibit hall by Professional Booth and Exhibit Photographer at the San Diego Convention Center

So there you have it. My first booth shoot in San Diego for an long time client. I look forward to posting many more gigs as I begin to gain some traction in San Diego as an event and corporate event photographer. Till next time…..

Booth photographed before the opening of the Exhibit hall by Professional Booth and Exhibit Photographer at the San Diego Convention Center

 

About

Now based out of San Diego, John Morris has been a successful corporate event photographer in Las Vegas for the past 15 years. John also teaches and coaches photography and business to aspiring photographers.