Event Photography is the practice of photographing guests and occurrences at any event or occasion. This is used around the world at occasions such as birthday, graduation, weddings, awards, marathon, annual political meet-up, festivals, etc.
Credits: Martins Zemlickis
Event photography is not when guests click pictures with their phones and camera; it is when a professional photographer is hired to do the job. For example, we hire wedding photographers specifically for weddings, social photographer specifically for social events, etc…
It is not always glamorous; sometimes you may end up in the high-end Bandra Villa of some superstar with 200+ guests attending or sometimes you may end up with a small party of hardly 20 people and no lights, support or food. But it is your job to make the best out of it. Your pictures and your skills can make or break the effect it actually had.
These tips will help you better your Event Photography skills:-
1. Mix with the Crowd – if you are at an event with important and high authority people then you will have to dress accordingly as no one will let you click candid pictures or anything unless you look like you belong there. Being dressed accordingly is a must. If you are unsure about the attire, you can always maybe overdress a little and when or if needed, you can put the jacket away and stick the tie in your pocket.
1. Don’t overshoot – Blast shots are required at some points, like if there is an award ceremony or graduation, but don’t overdo it. People, like getting clicked and clicking the attendees, is totally acceptable but make sure that you take a mental note of who you clicked so that you don’t go to the same person over and over again. Try to get all the candid shots during the cocktail hour and during the reception time, focus on the stage area (clicking people while they are eating might annoy them).
2. Take pre-event shots – it is always respectful to the employer if the photographer is on time, but it will be much appreciated if you get to the venue before time; this will help you in post production as you will have shots from before the event when the setup was still on. This will also help you during the event as you will already have examined the place beforehand and now you know all the sweet spots for the perfect shot.
3. Take pre-event shots – it is always respectful to the employer if the photographer is on time, but it will be much appreciated if you get to the venue before time; this will help you in post production as you will have shots from before the event when the setup was still on. This will also help you during the event as you will already have examined the place beforehand and now you know all the sweet spots for the perfect shot.
4. Be quick – Events may go on for hours at end, but not all guests stay for the whole event, some might come and go in a span of 10 minutes only which would require you to be quick with the camera. You need to talk to the employer beforehand about the guest list and who all are the VIP’s or the VVIP’s and keep a close check on their whereabouts, as their pictures are important. These small things and awareness of yours will make the employer appreciate you more and will help in recommendations too.
5. Edit hard & Deliver quick – As much as people enjoy events, they are always excited about the pictures to relive the event and share with their friends and families. Don’t try to be generous with the quantity but with the quality because that is what they hired you for. Edit only when needed and not every picture. Always deliver before the deadline and give your best shot to every picture. Recheck all the pictures before delivery, it will grow as a good habit.
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