A few weeks ago I was asked to photograph the first casino event at one of the S.U.N.Y colleges. Obviously, this was not a real gambling casino but it was surely setup like a real one along with a nice food buffet. Each student got a set amount of chips which they used to play throughout the evening. Most of the students attended and had a great time. They were a fun crowd who loved getting photographed which made it easier on me. I did not have to look for subjects to photograph. Here are some portraits and gaming that went on that night.
Chips flying. Looks like they got a Royal Flush.
They wanted to do a Charlie’s Angels theme shot. Who am I to say no.
Looking for the ace.
This has a feel of a music band promo shot. The girls here seemed to have a good night winning while the guys came out empty-handed 🙂
Photographers Note: The casino shots are shot with an assistant who carried a softbox in order to get a good directional light. The ambient light was not pretty light. I had trouble matching any of my gels to the lights that they had, so I had to ditch the gels. The portrait shots were setup ahead of time with a 60″ umbrella and a reflector, and they were shot with a 70-200 f2.8 lens. The last portrait shots I setup were on the fly. I saw this nice color wall and decided to do some shots with the assistant using the small softbox.