Top 9 Tips for Taking Better Event Photographs
Getting the perfect and right shot at events can be very tricky. The two main things that would help is previous event experience and of course preparation. But thats not it.
Ticketpass provide the best nine tips that will take our event photography from a minimum level to a exceptional one.
Just the same way you would prepare for a meeting, an interview or a conference, is the same way it is essential to prepare for an event in order to ensure the outcome of your photography is great.
Some key pointers to consider are:
- Do Your Research – Find out what the event is about, who will be at the event, what activities will happen at the event and where the activities are being held. This is important to not miss out on any events.
- Have a Photography List – In order to ensure everything is covered at the event and to avoid time wastage, preparing a list of all the things to be done is necessary.
- Dress Appropriately – You don’t want to stand out at the event, so avoid bright colors and instead stick to neutral colors. Also ensure you have comfortable and quiet shoes as you would be doing a lot of running around.
2. HAVE THE RIGHT GEAR
We all think event photography requires the fanciest of equipment. Well you are wrong. A good DSLR camera can be the job; what matters is the skill and experience of the person taking the pictures. The key elements though for event photography are:
- External power flash
- Diffuser or reflector
- Full frame DLSR with mid-range zoom
- Spare batteries
- Memory cards
3. ROCK UP EARLY AND TAKE PRE EVENT PHOTOS
Preparation all requires test shoots and going in early to survey the venue to determine good places to stand for good shoots and good lighting (if required). It is also important to go in early to take pre event photos which the client might want as a show of the decor and look before the venue is packed with guests.
Now the preparation is done, these next steps constitute of the tips for during the photography (when the event has actually started).
4. TAKE ACTION SHOTS
The best photos are those that are candid. You don’t always to get people posing as this is too structured and takes the “life” out of the event. You want to see people in their real element. For example, wouldn’t you rather see a picture of a bride throwing the bouquet to a group of girls and their reactions as compared to taking a picture of the girl who caught in the end. The former is more real.
5. KNOW WHEN TO USE FLASH
You can use flash all the time. For example during a speech when the room is all dark and serious. Know when to use artificial lighting and when to use natural lighting. And just makes sure you ain’t blinding anyone with the flash. This puts people off.
6. GET UP AND PERSONAL
Don’t just take pictures of the whole room, get close to people. Take up close shoots. Those give the real “story” of the event. It may seem a bit weird getting people to take close up pictures but you can always start with a conversation then after asking for photo.
7. FRAME THE SHOT
Diversify your shots with medium, full size, head shots etc. This makes looking through the content more interesting. You can also use a longer focal length, and also avoid tight black or white spaces.
8. SHOOT IN RAW IMAGE FORMAT
So biggest tip of them all. If you want high quality photos, then you have to shoot in RAW. This is because RAW format records all the data from the sensor which results in the best quality outlook.
9. DONT TAKE PHOTOS OF PEOPLE IN THEIR “PRIVATE MOMENTS”
Just don’t take photos of people when are they doing things like eating. You certainly don’t want shots of people shoving food into their mouth or with their mouth open. Or even really drunk guests. They definitely won’t want to see such photos and so will your event. This isn’t exactly decent.