Tips for Better Event Photography:
1. Understand Why You Are There:
Before you go out and start shooting events left and right, you must first have an extensive understanding of why you are shooting the event that you are shooting. When I say this, I don't mean understanding the reason why everyone is there... I mean the reason why YOU are there. You are a professional photographer – Your client most likely hired you because you know how exposure works, how to shoot with effective composition, and have enough knowledge and skill to produce great photos. They know you'll be able to capture the experience of their event or have the capability to even create a distinct image for the event for future reference.
But don't be fooled, knowing why you are there will inevitably lead back to the initial thought: In order to capture the experience of the event, you must know and understand why the event is being held as well as why people are actually showing up. Having a deeper understanding of why you are where you are can dramatically decrease your nerves and level of stress, while increasing the rate at which you are able to shoot. This added layer of understanding is necessary in order to give you more ideas that may, in return, result in photos that satisfy and/or impress your client to an extent they did not expect.
2.Not Following a Script
Documenting an event with still pictures isn’t for everyone. Even experienced photographers who routinely take technically perfect, well-composed, sharp and well-exposed pictures don’t always cover events effectively.
Photographers accustomed to shooting within the predictable confines of a studio, or to calling the shots in their photo sessions, can easily lose their cool — not to mention their touch — in an environment they don’t control.
A wedding, even a well-planned one, has a tendency to not always follow the script. This plays to the strengths of newspaper photographers, who are accustomed to working alone, working fast and thinking on their feet.
3.A Newsman’s Tips for Covering Events
1.Plan ahead. Get maps, look over the day’s schedule, consider the time constraints. Plan out the travel time at events spread out over multiple locations — even if those locations are within walking distance of one another. Consider the gear you need and how this will affect your mobility.
2.Get establishing shots. At any large gathering, you should capture some images that give your audience an overall feel for the event and what kind of day it is, especially if you’re outdoors.
3.Find the humanity in the sea of faces. In contrast with the establishing shot, it’s also important to get some tight closeups of people’s faces. Find faces that communicate the tone and emotions of the event.
4.Seek out variety. You should look for variety in terms of shapes for your pictures, as well as the relative size of people in the frame. Also, be sure to get some detail shots with no people in them. The more variety you have, the easier to create interesting layouts later — whether for editorial publications, corporate brochures or wedding albums.
5.Get the big picture. Don’t get so focused on an event’s minutia that you lose sight of the big picture.
The below few images which i have taken from various Events:
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