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Gastech 2014 | Korea Conference & Exhibition Photographer

Gastech 2014 | Korea Conference & Exhibition Photographer Photo

Gastech 2014 @ KINTEX, Seoul Korea: D4, a British creative agency, hired me to photograph the booth they designed for Herose at Gastech. This would mark my foray exhibition/trade-fair photography.

Having just returned from photographing the Seoul Living Design exhibition at COEX, I look back at Gastech and realize it was quite a special inauguration.

I wouldn’t hesitate to say Gastech is one of the most expensive, elaborate trade shows on the planet.  Perhaps only arms dealers have exhibitions that are more bedazzling — booths shaped like scud missiles and indoor firing ranges to test out the latest laser weapons.  Gastech is after all sponsored and attended by all the gas industry giants including Chevron, Shell and Exon.  Major local companies included KOGAS, SK, Daewoo, Samsung and Hyundai.  For all these players million dollar booths featuring open bars, baristas and caricature artists are just a drop in the bucket — or more literally, a drop OUT of the barrel.

Enough gushing about Gastech, allow me to explain what I was actually sent their to do.  I was to capture the Herose booth in all it’s glory.  It was a beautiful structure meticulously designed by D4 and they wanted every element to be captured and presented in the best possible way.  Highlights included the clean linear design, prominent easy to read text, beautifully crafted valves (Herose’s specialty) and a putting green where visitors could win a set of golf balls by scoring a hole-in-one.  Attendees could also drop off a business card and be entered to win the grand prize, a new set of golf clubs.

I was to capture all of the design elements in addition to pleasant and engaging interactions between sales staff and visitors.  I would also get a few pictures of Justin and Paul exploring Gastech and the world’s largest LNG pipe, a massive 197 inches in diameter!

Overall I would say things went extremely well.  I arrived early in the morning to photograph the booth before anyone was there.  From 10 to 12 I could focus on capturing the sales team and golfers in action.  As I had no other engagements that day I decided to stick around and capture some more of the exhibition itself.

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Overall I would say things went extremely well.  I arrived early in the morning to photograph the booth before anyone was there.  From 10 to 12 I could focus on capturing the sales team and golfers in action.  As I had no other engagements that day, I decided to stick around and capture some of the other points of interest around the exhibition.

Are you looking for a photographer to capture your next exhibition at KINTEX, COEX or some other venue?  Contact me now so we can start planning your event coverage today.

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Korea Event Photographer | CanCham Maple Gala | Crystal Ball Room

Korea Event Photographer | CanCham Maple Gala | Crystal Ball Room PhotoBanyan Tree Hotel & Spa, Seoul Korea: I still get excited every time I pack my photography bag for an event.  For me it’s another opportunity to tell a story, and, I try to tell each one better than the last.

The Maple Gala is CanCham’s biggest event of the year.  Yesun, Yuna and the rest of the CanCham team outdid themselves booking the stunning Crystal Ball Room at the Banyan Tree Hotel & Spa in Seoul and transforming it into a Northern Lights them.  The evening’s program included Jazz with the James Atkinson Trio, a slide show of O-Chul Kwon’s stunning aurora images, special guests David Chatterson, Yonah Martin and a moving piano performance by Steve Barakatt from Rainbow Bridge Story against a backdrop of powerful UNICEF photos.

That’s not all! Sky Vodka was there mixing up refreshing cocktails all night long and the night’s the raffle included two round trip tickets anywhere in the world from Air Canada, gloves from Canada Goose, cosmetics from Jouviance, a smart phone from LG and way too many other cool gifts to list here.

Photography-wise I approached this event more strategically than ever.  CanCham had an extensive shoot list with heavy emphasis on sponsors and VIPs.  I arrived early and tired to set the stage using an exterior shot of the hotel as an opening image.  I got some shots of the Crystal Ball Room early on, in all its elegance, and then moved onto to capture the gifts donated by the sponsors.

Once things kicked off I was kept very busy going between photographing speakers and guests at the VIP tables.  Meanwhile, every time a course was brought out by the serving staff I would commandeer a plate of the mouth watering food, photograph it, and return it — with great sadness.  I also had to get shots of the Sky Vodka bar in action.  After dinner it was pictures of raffle winners and then right onto the photo booth — which was a ton of fun.

The images below are of course just a sample of what I photographed that night.  I did virtually no processing preferring the natural look over every adjustment I tried.  These days I find myself processing less and less.  If you find great light and have your camera settings down, there is almost no need to process.  I hope you enjoy the images as much as I enjoyed shooting them.

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