When not to do a Basil Fawlty

Friday, 15 February 2019 23:08

Ian Cartwright is a professional photographer providing commercial photography for clients across the North West.

He has accrued a wealth of experience over the years but one particular shoot stands out in his memory!

When not to do a Basil Fawlty

When you’ve assembled around three hundred people with lights for a group photo and your tripod collapses, sending your camera crashing to the ground, breaking your widest-angle lens in two, what do you do? One thought is to ‘do a Basil Fawlty’ and faint.

Another, which is what I did at this gathering of lecturers at South Cheshire College, is to think, “Is there a way around this?” It’s embarrassing enough. You wouldn’t want to call it all off, nor keep all those people waiting too long. I decided to use another lens, which did not cover the whole view, and take the shot in two parts with the intention of joining them together in post-production. With the people sitting along the middle briefed not to move between exposures, I was pretty confident that it would work (and it did).

Once the shots were taken, I was given a rousing ovation and was so glad that I had pulled it off.

Lessons learned:

  • just as a trapeze artist would always do his own rigging, I should not rely on someone else to tighten my tripod legs.
  • I should not use Basil Fawlty as a role model!

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