Photography & Video
You want to capture your Globeys event through photography and video, to highlight the breadth of your school community, highlight your presenters, and showcase your young Finalists and Winners.
PHOTOGRAPH YOUR EVENT
Photography is an excellent way to capture the entirety of the award ceremony experience, offering a stunning look at the general atmosphere, as well as individual emotions of the day.
Ask a professional photographer from the community, or a student photographer from the Yearbook club to take pictures of the event.
Once you have confirmed your photographer, here are some tips and specific shots for them to check out. It's important they have some guidance on what you'll want covered.
In the venue
You will want shots of your venue – from the outside, as well as inside – to highlight the space where your event was held.
On the stage
In addition to capturing each presentation on stage, it's useful to document the stage area before the event begins, attendees entering the venue to take their seats, and audience reactions during the game and prize presentations. A few other things to keep in mind:
• When in the stage area, the photographer must be mindful of the shutter sound and movement to minimize distractions to the speaker and audience.
• Note the video camera sight lines to avoid crossing in front during recording.
• Be mindful of microphone locations to avoid adding unwanted noise to the audio track
• Because lighting varies, and stage lighting is often dim or high contrast, photographers may need to work with photo equipment that can capture low-light images. If possible, the photographer should preview the stage or attend rehearsals.
It's important to capture the energy and excitement of attendees and speakers connecting in social spaces outside of the main stage – and during any other notable happenings at your event.
Other event shots to consider
• Attendees with event signage
• Event programs
• Overview shots of attendees entering the venue
• Finalists and Winners talking together with families and friends
RECORD YOUR EVENT ON VIDEO
Consider recording your event on video and placing your camera behind the audience to capture the on-stage proceedings of your Globeys event.
Shots to avoid:
• Slide mutilation – Don't frame your students with significant, but incomplete portions of the screen. Instead, frame the screen in full with the speaker.
• Speaker decapitation – Don't frame the screen with the speaker's head floating at the bottom.
• Rehearse – Bring in your videographer when you are rehearsing with your Student Finalists and Winners to let him or her get to know where each presenter will be on stage.
• Pull out (slowly) during applause – Your camera should anticipate applause and standing ovations and pull back slowly to emphasize the growing excitement in the room.
• Keep movement deliberate – Tell them to shoot as though their camera is always live – no jerks or sudden movements.
PHOTO & VIDEO PRODUCTION
Your photographer and videographer will be capturing high-quality event photos and video. Here are some things they can do to achieve that!
• User the most professional camera equipment available.
• Vary the lenses and/or vantage points, which help capture a variety of angles – wide-angle, medium length, and close-ups.
• Photos: RAW file capture or highest quality JPEGs are the best file formats to use.
• Video: We prefer if you record at a Frame Rate of 23.97 in Apple Pro Res 422 and, if possible, every camera should record each session in one take.
• Document what makes your award ceremony special and all the hard work that went into it – from student-made posters, to community and parent supporters.
• Share the images with everyone who participates and contributes, including event organizers, administrators, presenters, Student Finalists and Winners, and attendees.
• Aim to shoot 90% of images in horizontal (landscape) format; these translate best to web and print layouts.
• Never use flash for speaker or audience shots – you'll want to minimize any disturbances during presentations.
• It's okay to use flash during social breaks when needed, but natural light looks amazing!
• Be aware of shutter sounds. Single frame shooting is recommended, motor drive is not.
• Be aware of the physical audience and how the photographer's movements affect attendee experience. A good photographer seems invisible to attendees!
• Make sure to share your photos on social media and to press immediately after your event – it's newsworthy!
UPLOAD YOUR PHOTOS & VIDEOS
Once your photos and videos are ready, we encourage you to upload your best photos and videos to free photo and video-sharing apps like Flickr, Viddler or a service that your school or district uses, where your community can access them.
When you post your pictures and videos, make sure to:
• Attribute the photos to your photographer and videographer.
• Add the student finalists, winners and speakers' names and award category in each relevant photo and video.
• Don't just post a slideshow of the album to your website and blog, but also make sure to showcase individual pictures with highlights, and quotes from the event.
• Send a link of your photos and videos to your local Classroom Support Specialist. We would love to showcase you on this website and on our social media!