Photography: The Red Carpet

November 11th, 2010
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Last night I covered my first red carpet event at the opening of the Mahindra Indo-American Arts Council’s film festival. Indian and Indian-American actors, filmmakers and celebrities came through, posed for us and moved on to do video interviews and onto the event.
Like every shoot, I walked away with a better understanding of what’s needed to be a photographer. See my takeaway and a few more shots from my first try as a ‘paparazzi’ after the jump.


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The procedural aspects of working the red carpet was fascinating. Each person was announced before they started their walk up the carpet. Unfortunately, most of the time the announcement was inaudible and given that they are coming from a culture I’m mostly unfamiliar with, pretty much entirely unspellable. I spent hours googling afterward to track down as many names as I could find. Even so, it turned out there were plenty of actors that I recognized.
As someone obsessed with food, Padma Lakshi (top) seems like the one I should have been most excited for. To be honest, it was Sendhil Ramamurthy of Heroes and Covert Affairs that actually got me starstruck. It was all I could do not to yell out, “Mohinder!”
There were some technical lessons last night as well. I understand that I’m going to have to do something about keeping my flash powered. I just got a Canon 580EX II, which I’m very excited about for it’s remote capabilities, but at least in this case, i discovered that it sucks through batteries at an amazing clip. One of the photogs next to me was shooting with a power pack that he said was giving him a little trouble, but was a life saver as far as not having to fumble with AAs in the middle of an event.

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