During e glamour quest event, I noticed some ppl brought along low ladders for e photoshoot. Qn, where can I get one of those? Is it specific for photography purposes or ladders that can be bought from any hardware store?
sorry.. I wasn't making fun of anyone but I feel the use of ladders although not prohibited, shouldn't be used as a SOP. Sooner or later, everyone will be carrying ladders to outdoor events.
Now it's low ladders, soon it'll be 1 step more than low ladders, then another step higher..
Using a ladder blocks the people directly behind you. The only time when you need a ladder is when you are all the way right to the back and you use a long lens to zoom in. Although you might ride on this idea "yes I intend to go all the way behind and use a long lens" but very often, it's just an excuse used to comfort oneself. More reasons will soon pop up like
- "I want to capture eye-level for better pics."
- "I don't have a fast enough long lens (300/2.8) so I need to move forward"
- "I didn't expect to be so forward, since I brought my ladder I might as well use it"
and the list goes on..
A good use of ladder I've seen at a previous outdoor event was that a photographer ask permission from the crowd behind him whether it's ok for him to use the ladder. During the event, he stepped only 1 step up to take a shot then stepped back down. :thumbsup:
Now, how many will do this? Fans are happy, he is happy..(some sort)
The next excuse someone will think of is.. "I'm waiting for the right moment to get eye-contact..." and there we go again.. :dunno:
Whatever you do, always do it safe. The higher you go, the harder your fall (if you do fall). Just make sure you don't block the official ones that's paid to do the job. The bouncers might get nasty and do some WWE ladder match on you.
lolz .. actually i was at the finale to shoot the guy who was the eventual winner of the contest (M10) cos he happened to be one of my instructors .. .and since there was this crowd and wall of ladders ... i asked one of the ladder mounted photogs if he could shoot some pics of M10 for me... and instead of doing that, he offered to let me use the ladder to get above the crowd to shoot (cos i brought my set-up as well) ... anyways from this experience, i would say some of these ladder mounted photogs are pretty friendly people ...