Smokin’ Photos of the IPCPR International Trade Show

Who doesn’t like a paid trip to Florida? Although it was in the August heat, Lori and I didn’t mind heading down to photograph the largest tobacco trade show on Earth held at the Orlando Convention Center. I was contracted to make a fast-paced summary video of the IPCPR International Trade Show by the Panador Hat Company, the same wonderful company that sent me to the remote Andes Mountains to photograph hat weavers in 2009. At first I was going to make the trip along, but after some negotiations Lori was able to come as an assistant (and I really could’ve covered the trade show as well without her). Neither of us smoke and are some of the least educated people ever when it comes to tobacco. Come to think of it, of everyone at the largest tobacco Lori and I may have been the only ones not smoking anything (except the air… which pretty much counts). Nonetheless, we enjoyed capturing all the elaborate booths, products and decorations. Thanks again Panador!

Do you need photography or video of your next convention? Contact me! I’d love to create media to help you promote your business better. Plus, I love the extra salty pretzels they serve on airplanes, it’s (almost) worth the trip just for those.

Photo stats for the trade show:

Hours shooting: 10hrs over 2 days
Photos Taken: 3200 (plus 10 minutes worth of video clips)
Photos Delivered: 205
Hours Editing the Video: 18hrs (includes time to write the music)
Final Video Length: 2min 23sec

Challenges of shooting conventions

Maybe I’ll write a whole article about this sometime since I’ve done a fair amount of convention photography in the last few years, but for now here’s 3 things to anticipate before you go shoot a trade show or convention.

  1. The lighting is terrible. It’s always directly overhead, far away (creating really defined shadows), and dim. Except when I was on a tripod for the time lapses, inside the trade show I kept my ISO at 1600.
  2. Security doesn’t always like you taking photos. If you’ve been hired to shoot, keep a copy of your contract and any official permissions with you. Also, it’s common courtesy to ask permission of the booth owner if your going to take photos of commercial products.
  3. Nervous people. I’m sure you’ve experienced this before but as soon as you ask “Can I take your photo?” people get all nervous and unnatural looking. Although it’s super creepy or obvious, when possible I take someone’s photo and then ask permission to use it.

Taking Time Lapses with a DSLR

I’ve recently started experimenting with shooting time lapses with my DSLR and finally think I have the basics down. Although I’m still learning, the advice I have here is simple:

DON’T TOUCH THE CAMERA DURING THE TIME LAPSE!

Put in it full manual mode, set your intervalometer, and then don’t touch anything. Adjusting exposure settings will give you an embarrassingly obvious hiccup in the final video, and of course moving the camera will defeat the whole effect. Anyone with experience in time lapses out have anything to add? I would welcome any tips I can get.

Orange County Convention Center

Orange County Convention Center

IPCPR International Trade Show (2)

 

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IPCPR International Trade Show (4)

Sadly this desk was only a prop and did not really make cigars. However the guy in the top right was.

 

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I seriously doubt she can see anything through those glasses

 

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This booth went all out and even hired it’s own DJ

 

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The original Golden Gun used by James Bond in the 1974 film The Man with the Golden Gun

 

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Panador hats really are the highest quality Panama hats in the world

 

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My lovely wife

 

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It doesn’t look like it, but this guy is on 5 ft stilts

 

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I had never heard of Cigar Dave, but apparently he is a big deal

 

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The inventor and patent holder of the one and only Cigar In A Bottle

 

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This is how you know the cigar is high quality

 

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You can see the smoke hanging over the room. Our clothes smelled like fine tobacco even after we washed them.

 

Orange County Convention Center

Orange County Convention Center

 

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17 Responses to Smokin’ Photos of the IPCPR International Trade Show

  1. Kay March 29, 2013 at 8:32 pm #

    You know its a good shot when you wish you were there!

  2. Kayla March 15, 2013 at 4:13 pm #

    Great shots, they make me want a cigar. I was pretty amazed hos busy and stacked out it looked though, the scary thing is reminds me of Wallstreet!

  3. Vali January 31, 2013 at 2:05 am #

    Stunning photos, it must have ben a pleasure to be there! I wish I could be there at the next time!

  4. Sabine December 27, 2012 at 6:09 am #

    Stunning shots! What kind of objectives did you use for the shots? I would like to print one of your cigar-pics and frame it for my father who is a huge fan of fine cigars!

  5. Amanda December 18, 2012 at 1:03 pm #

    Stunning shots! It must have been really cool to be there, I bet there’s been a lot of interesting stuff!

  6. Zsike December 10, 2012 at 11:19 am #

    It must have been such a cool experience to be there on a show like this! Unfortunately, there aren’t events like this organized in my country…

  7. Renata December 8, 2012 at 10:42 am #

    Stunning shots! What kind of hardware did you use for these beautiful pictures? I bet you have a D3 or something like that;)

  8. Klaudia December 1, 2012 at 11:23 am #

    Wow! Stunning shots! I feel so jealous, I really wanted to get there…

  9. Zsofika October 5, 2012 at 1:27 pm #

    Breathtaking shots! I feel a little bit jealous because I haven’t got the chance to get there…

  10. Reena @ Wanderplex September 24, 2012 at 12:12 pm #

    Fabulous shots – I really love the close ups of the cigars. Totally agree that conventions/trade shows always have the worst lighting, but you did an incredible job shooting here.

  11. Bea September 17, 2012 at 4:46 pm #

    Beautiful shots! That must have been a really interesting and cool experience, I bet you have had such a great time at that show! Your photos are stunning!

  12. ABarlow September 17, 2012 at 11:43 am #

    I quite smoking (cigs) a while ago. Nasty habbit, but still like a cigar every now and then, especially while camping. I have to say, if any of those buths have my vote, it’s the Foundry. Freaking Steam-Punk awesomeness!

  13. Callie September 5, 2012 at 4:52 pm #

    These photos are awesome…and gave me a sudden, strong desire to find myself a Panama hat and some cigars.

  14. EDGYMIX-TRAVEL FOR FASHION August 29, 2012 at 1:28 pm #

    wow..amazing photos. I only started to use DSLR and learn how to take photo properly before my trip to Antarctica. Before that, I was just using a canon point and shot camera and Canon TI camera. I really need to practice more after seeing your photos:) it’s still so hard to take close up photo cus I only have a 18-200mm len and I don’t know how to capture fast running object..any tips?

  15. Ildi August 28, 2012 at 3:29 pm #

    Totally breathtaking shots! I really like those sunkiss’d colors with the tobacco. By the way, the hall must have been amazing as well, the first picture you’ve posted represents some kind of high-tech architecture. I like that!

  16. Kris Koeller August 22, 2012 at 5:27 pm #

    Regarding timelapse, a few points I learned the hard way: turn off auto white balance to reduce flicker, and when possible, keep your aperture wide open to also reduce flicker. Good luck!

  17. Kris Koeller August 22, 2012 at 5:25 pm #

    As much as I loathe cigars, this is a great collection of photos. Well done!

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