As a photographer, you may be asked to shoot pictures at events such
as weddings and parties. Event photography is not hard, but it does
require certain skills and abilities. You also need to have a good
eye to effectively capture the activities going on around you and give
an accurate representation of the event. Here are a few helpful tips
for if you are interested in taking pictures at events or improving
your skills as an event photographer.
Tell a Story
Similar to photojournalism, event photography is a way to tell a
story. All of your images should work together to tell the story of
the event. Some of these pictures should be “big picture” images,
meaning that you should capture important main activities during your
event. Some of these picture however, should capture smaller details
of the event happening in the background. This could be the food or
drink tables, groups of people socializing, Take pictures of anything
you think will help paint a story through your pictures.
One of my favorite ways to tell a story through pictures of an event
is to capture emotions during your shoot. These intimate moments are
always the most memorable. Find moments when people are laughing at a
joke, crying during a wedding speech, or excited over a game at a
party. These candid pictures make for excellent captured memories.
When you are capturing emotional moments, make sure you get up close
and personal in regard to your composition.
During an event, there is a lot happening around you, and in order to
capture the right moments, you need to be prepared. Try not to get
distracted from your camera, but stay focused on capturing the
activities of the event. Especially if you are at a wedding, you need
to be prepared so you don’t miss important moments. During times of
socializing, move around and scout out moments to capture of the
people attending the event. Remember though, that the event is not
about you and you shouldn’t get in the way of other people’s moments.
Be polite and patient when trying to capture a moment and work with
the crowd to find the images you need.
Don’t forget Composition
Even though you are capturing the moments actively happening around
you, don’t forget to compose your images well. Look for places and
objects as you are walking around to frame your subject and pay
attention to your angles. While you don’t have as much time to
compose your image as in your own photo shoots, especially if you are
capturing something in the moment, still take the time to work on
getting the best possible shot.
Camera Set Up
Before you start shooting, decide if you want to keep your camera on
the manual or aperture setting. The manual setting will give you the
most control over your image and the aperture setting will allow you
to adjust the f-stop without having to worry about shutter speed. If
you are taking pictures quickly and don’t have a lot of time to adjust
your exposure, aperture will be a great choice, but manual will help
you to achieve the best exposure possible. Decide what is important
to you in your images and set up your camera to your personal
preferences. As far as focusing goes, I prefer spot focusing to make
sure you are getting the results you want. Also, make sure you come
with backup batteries and SD cards in case you run out before the
event is over.
Events can be fun to shoot, but there are a lot of different things to
think about to effectively capture the event. Make sure you prepare
yourself well and have a good plan of action to produce the results