I have a new respect for Office Depot after photographing their ribbon cutting ceremony for their new location on 40th Ave NE in St. Petersburg. Not only did they help support a local business by hiring me to photograph the event, they also took this opportunity to give to local businesses doing community work.
Photographing an event like this is pretty straight forward and I was provided an excellent shot list and agenda by the home office. When big checks are in shots, they can tend to act like reflectors and being more blown out than any other subject in the shot. I balanced the exposure of the check itself in the above shop by selecting just the check in Photoshop CS5 and then adjusting the highlights until it matched more with the rest of the image. This also makes the red in the check look a more true, deep red instead of a light pinkish red.
I really like photographing ribbon cutting events because the atmosphere is celebratory, I am always trying to top my previous ribbon cutting action shots and there are often great cookies or other treats up for grabs. I look forward to continuing my business relationship with Office Depot and using them as a customer for my printer ink needs as they are located very close to my neighborhood.