Brighton Conference Photography – UXBrighton 2016

The annual UX Brighton conference was on at Brighton Dome Corn Exchange on Friday. I have photographed this event every year since 2011 and it’s always been one of my favourite events to shoot.

I started the day with asking two of the Dome staff who were lingering by the door to pose with a fluffy giant dog…

Roodle Snowdogs by the Sea Brighton Dome

This dog is called Roodle and he is one of the many Snowdogs by The Sea, which is a charity art trail in Brighton and Hove till the end of this month. I took a photo of Roodle on his own with my mobile phone on my way out in the evening after the conference.

Snowdogs in Brighton

How cute, eh?

Back to the beginning of the day. People registering for the conference, and walking in to Corn Exchange.

UXBri registerUX Brighton 2016

Organiser Danny Hope opens the day.

Danny Hope opening UX Brighton 2016

What I didn’t mention yet is that there wasn’t a UX Brighton conference last year, so the last time I photographed this event was two years ago. The biggest difference to all the previous years that I noticed was that the audience was taking a lot more photos with their mobile phones during the talks this year. And some even with their iPads and other tablets. (Just like guests at weddings…)

UX Brighton audience mobile phone

Also, the photos that subsequently appeared in the Twitter feed for #UXBri were of hugely better quality than two years ago. Just goes to show how much mobile phone cameras have improved in the last two years, especially when it comes to low light performance. People sitting in the front rows were tweeting photos that looked really good in the size that I could see on my mobile phone screen.

So apart from taking straight-on photos of the stage myself…

UX Brighton Jenni Lloyd

…I made sure that I took plenty of photos that show the conference in a way that can’t be captured from the audience with a mobile phone.

Jenni Lloyd speaking at UX Brighton 2016

Richard Rutter UX Brighton

(I doubt that ANY mobile phone is good enough [yet!] in low light to capture something like this of the dimly lit audience. If someone managed it, let me know!)

UX Brighton audience smiling

Danny Hope 2016

Dave Snowden speaking at UX Brighton 2016

A random note : for me, as a fellow Finn (as in ‘fellow to Linus Torvalds’), this was an amusing moment (Alice Bartlett explaining why Git is called ‘git’).

UX Brighton Git Alice Bartlett

I’m not sure whether I was imagining it, but to me it seemed like it hasn’t been as dark in the afternoon in previous years. This year afternoons are much darker than normal – I’m sure of it. The last coffee break felt like night time in the foyer.

Brighton Dome cafe UX Brighton

After the talks were over, it was time for the after party at The Skiff. What a great ending to a great conference!

UXBri afterparty 2016

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