Staging people in group photographs

Contemporary PR portrait photography © Grantly Lynch – Corporate Portrait Photographer London UK

This was a commission for Hammersmith Medicines Research to photograph a new ward they had just opened. The brief was to show its open plan layout and being used by staff and patients. I had to stage this shot, but make it look natural at the same time. The trick with any shot with a number of people is to have a point of interest ie the trio in the foreground and then balance the rest of the composition around them. I made the people in the background stand up to balance out the image and asked some of them to walk around to stop it looking too static.

Model/property release restrictions

© Grantly Lynch 2010

Corporate Portrait Photographer London

You cant pick up your camera without having to worry about model and property releases.

Its now a case of working within these new restrictions. Its a little tricky getting things out of focus to the correct amount and the exposure has to be spot on, but it avoids any issues of model/property releases and it looks like you meant to do it.

Corporate commuters London

London street photography – Is it still legal?

It has never been easy to photograph in London without someone asking you if they ‘can help you’

But it appears things are getting tougher

More than 2,000 photographers demonstrate against police using terrorism laws to prevent photography in public places

I am very discreet when I am working and careful not to show people’s faces as this will render the shot useless for stock or publication without a model release. So if you can dodge the bored security guard and the interested amateur who has several hours to kill, you now only have to convince the police that you are not a (rather blatant) terrorist, and you can get on with earning your living.

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