Tips to Disguise Major Alignment Issues| The Detail Experience | Damion Hamilton

As you know, it’s our view that providing vendors with the best images possible is only going to benefit YOU! We are all about excellence and making sure that we are doing our best to present their work in the very best light possible. But sometimes, it’s difficult to translate what you actually see in the event into those stunning pictures.  One of the biggest reasons for this difficulty can be grand sized misalignment issues within the room.

First of all, I want to show you a vision of what excellent room alignment SHOULD look like.  Not only is this a stunningly beautiful event from Sasha Souza Events at Meadowood (Vintner’s Room), it’s one of the best examples of room alignment we’ve ever seen.  Look at the way the lighting, the cake, the disco ball, and even the DJ tables line up perfectly with the beam in the center of the room. Take a close look:

Unfortunately, not every event is aligned this well.  Don’t blame these issues on the event designer either.  In many cases, it’s the rental company that has already set up and by the time the mis-alignment is noticed, it is too late to pick up the entire table and move it. If you do encounter a room that has some major alignment issues, here are two techniques that you can use in-camera to “minimize the damage” and still make the vendor look awesome!

1) Change your perspective.  Sometimes changing your perspective can create an appearance of alignment that is actually not there or at the very least should make the  misalignment less noticeable.  In the original image below, it’s way too obvious that the tables are not in line with the main lighting fixture.


Don’t document this event straight on.  A simple shift to a side view and the table & light look great together! The viewer would likely never realize that there was an alignment issue.

2) Eliminate the identifying markers.  Intentionally frame out the factors that show the misalignment. In this case, the drain and the row of overhead lights magnify the fact that this table is not centered in the room.  Ouch. Don’t do this.


Coming closer and eliminating the drain and minimizing the overhead lights in the image, prevents the viewer’s eye from going straight to that sore subject! Not perfect, but much better & less distracting.

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We have intentionally omitted names & venues because we want to protect the innocent.  Neither one of these issues are their fault.




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