Angle Techniques and Photographer Preparation for Seminar Activities

In the previous article, photographers in seminar activities have been explained conceptually. In this article, the author will explain technically how a photographer captures important moments in a seminar. Several things must be done by a photographer who in this case is a photographer as part of a committee in an activity.

1. Prepare the appropriate Camera settings and have a full battery ready to use

Photographers in this activity are very important to prepare a camera that is suitable for the activity. If the activity is indoors or in an auditorium, then the camera that is suitable for use is the DSLR or Mirrorless type which is the best. Also, prepare the right ISO setting for the lighting conditions of the room. If the room is not bright, provide camera lighting as well. Next, please also check whether the battery is full, or maybe provide a backup battery backup.

2. Mapping the place for the activity by looking at the activity agenda

A photographer can be referred to as the documentation section of the activity. The first thing to do is ask for the schedule of the event. This arrangement of events serves as a guide for determining important moments to take a shoot. For example, the agenda for the seminar started with the opening by the MC, reading the Al-Quran, praying, singing the National Anthem, Speeches, and also material from the speakers, and closing. Maybe in other sessions, there will be performances as a form of entertainment, such as dance, music, and also the handover of prizes and games at the end before closing. Things like this are important moments that must be included in the committee’s documentation. The position of the place of this agenda must be known by the photographer so that he is able to position himself in taking the right shot. Perhaps this will be evidence of the implementation of activities. This is the form of mapping a place that must be known by the photographer so that these important moments do not escape the capture of a photographer.

3. Determine the right camera angle

Angle is the placement of a good camera position to make quality photos and as if the photos when assembled are the story of an event that exists. Maybe if the activity is a seminar in this discussion, the author will make an angle mapping as an offer of guidance for photographers in seminar activities. The simple angles that can be used at least:

Close Up (CU) at the event at IAIN Padangisimpuan, the photo shows the expression of hands, faces and also blur to the participants, this shows the main focus is the photo message from a person holding a mic and speaking in front (source: IAIN Psp)

First, Close Up (CU) is used to display a strong message about the influence of a more detailed object. It can be used to display an energetic expression.

Medium Close Up (MCU) which shows a person speaking but still shows the participants on the right. (Source: A Book Review FGD Activity at IAIN Padangisimpuan)

Second, Medium Close Up (MCU) is used to display the message of a strong influence and the strength of a display will be a strong message about its delivery, this is related to the expression and precision of the object. For example, the delivery of direction and guidance by the leadership, and the delivery of expressive sources.

Medium Shoot featuring photos of the prize delivery process (source: IAIN Padangsidimpuan)

Third, Medium Shoot (MS) is used to display process and dynamic messages. This is related to the natural and simple appearance of the object being shot. For example, the MC who was shown holding the microphone, the chairman of the committee, and the prayer reader in the process of carrying out activities according to the agenda.

Long Shoot Showing all participants in a group photo (source: IAIN Padangsidimpuan)

Fourth, Long Shoot (LS) is used to display a complete object. This gives a message that this angle tells the atmosphere of an ongoing activity, ending or starting.

Medium Long Shoot on a student activity at IAIN Padangsidimpuan (source:

Fifth, Medium Long Shoot (MLS) is used for some objects that become the main focus. This gives a strong impression of all existing objects. For example, when the leader conveys direction and guidance, the shoot shows some of the participants and the leader looks at the front with a wider space and space compared to participants who only capture part of it.

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So maybe some angles that can be used in shooting a seminar activity. Photographers from these five types of shoots can understand and determine them correctly so that they produce good and appropriate forms of documentation.