Originally posted 2015-10-09 14:43:37.
Just a quick post today. I was covering an event at the Le Meridien Kuala Lumpur in Sentral this morning for the INCF event. I was asked to do a group photo for it so got to work. Part of a successful group photo is to feel at ease in front of a crowd of strangers and chat away in a good natured manner explaining what you need from them. Once they know you are wanting to make them look good people will work with you. Important when it is warm and muggy outside. Note the smiles and that everyone is visible. I asked some of them to stand on tip toes in order to achieve that.
This photo was taken with a 24mm lens. This focal length is usually classed as too wide for groups shots because people on the corners start to distort. Switching to anything wider would have been very noticeable and introduced branches from the trees that were adjacent to me into the sides and top of the frame. I would have been happier going to 35mm for a more pleasing photo, but in this case it was simply impossible. That said, the hotel was happy and have a copy of the photo for their future clients reference. Thumbs up.