On his last day at the festival, Paolo was able to gain an unexpected benefit from his choice of camera when covering a red carpet. "I had two rows of people in front of me, and it was quite impossible to shoot forwards, so I held my arms up and, with the screen angled down, I could see everything," he says of the Canon EOS R's vari-angle touchscreen. "Other people were asking me what camera I had.
"On many other cameras, if you put your arm up, you don't know what the camera is seeing. With that one turn, flipping the screen down, you see exactly what is in front of the lens. So, if something is blocking your view, you can hold the camera up. It's an extreme situation, but the camera worked for that, so I was very happy I had this option."
Cannes was a demanding assignment, which pushed Paolo into a more intuitive style of shooting that he really enjoyed and hopes to pass on to students in future workshops. "You have to accept that you won't get exactly what you want, perfectly, but what's nice is that there is a certain point where you don't think any more and you just shoot. You don't have to analyse, you just go and do. You visualise something, and you just go for it, trying to get the closest possible image.