Shooting Portraits of Two Celebrities in 3 Minutes Inside a Hotel Room

Imagine you're a staff photographer for a morning news show and you're told you will be photographing hilarious movie stars Will Ferrell and Zach Galifianakis for a piece on their upcoming movie The Campaign. Yipee right? Well, now imagine the next sentence you hear from your photo editor is that you'll have only three to four minutes before they have to move on, and the whole shoot has to take place in the hotel room where you're meeting them. Excitement gone; panic sets in.

That's the situation photographer Jeff Lautenberger of The Dallas Morning News found himself in a couple of days ago. No time, bad "studio," and no lighting equipment: