ExxonMobil Joliet Refinery / Joliet, IL
As part of my job in designing the ExxonMobil newsletter, sometimes
I am asked to provide photos for certain stories. On this occassion, I had to photograph a speaker as he made his presentation inside a fire station. On this day, it was storming outside, making the station, which had very few windows, very dark inside. Since I positioned myself on the second floor, looking down on the speaker, I didn't want to use flash and keep distracting the speaker. So I used camera settings to capture the scene without using flash. I made the necessary exposure adjustments in Photoshop to brighten up the scene. At the same time, I had to darken the projection screen considerably to bring out the detail. In taking the shot, I kept in mind the area in the upper left hand corner that I had to leave 'blank' for the newsletter logo. I also made sure there was an open area for additional text on the cover. So I basically cropped the shot in my viewfinder so it would work as a cover. I also had taken a group photo that I incorporated into the cover with some text.
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