Photographing events can be a challenge. I have watched professional photographers struggle in this environment because the photographer typically has no control over the movement of participants. It is one thing to get a great photo in a studio with a subject you are getting to pose. It is another, more difficult thing to get the same great photos with crowds of people in constant motion.
The following event photography tips are ones I have developed over several years. They have helped me capture photos that have been used on many websites, in corporate press releases, marketing materials, and magazine advertisements. Hopefully they will help you as well.
Note: This photo was taken at a Niche Affiliate Marketing System (NAMS) Workshop I attended.
Don’t Use a Flash
If your goal is to distract everyone in your vicinity, use a flash. Otherwise, keep you flash turned off. I have been to several events where a photographer was snapping photos with a flash during a presentation. That action demonstrates disrespect to the presenter and to those who have taken the time (and maybe paid) to attend the event.
Will this mean that some of your photos may not turn out as needed due to the people’s motions being captured with a slow shutter speed. Probably. Predict when the person will stop moving for a moment and depress the shutter button at the best moments. Also, take lots of pictures because you may need to throw away many to get a few great ones.
Another distraction is when the photographer becomes the center of attention instead of what is on the event agenda. Shoot photos from inconspicuous locations. Use a long zoom lens or the zoom capability on your camera to get candid shots from a distance.
There may be appropriate opportunities to capture posed shots, take advantage of those opportunities. Otherwise, try to be as invisible as possible.
Always Be Ready with a Camera
Some fantastic photo opportunities will come at unexpected times during the event. Make sure you always have a camera with you.
That doesn’t mean you have to carry a large camera bag with you wherever you go. It does mean to have at least a point and shoot or mobile camera within arms length. You will be kicking yourself for missing the perfect shot if you don’t. I have.
Is the event indoors or outdoors? What are the best places to take photos to get great lighting and background? What people should be captured in a photo? What activities need to be recorded?
These are all questions that can be answered with some planning. Get an agenda for the event ahead of time. Survey the location before attendees show up. Make a list of photos you want to make sure you capture. Be prepared.
Get Interesting, Creative Shots
Taking a bunch of pictures of individuals and groups centered in the frame staring at the camera is not very interesting. Use the rule of thirds. Fill your frame. Capture action. Capture the environment. Not only will this make the photos interesting to view, it will also give you more pictures that will enhance your marketing materials.
Consider the above tips when preparing for your next event photo shoot. Let me know if they work as well for you as they have for me.
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