Guide to Event Photography for Beginners

At the beginning of your journey of mastering the craft of photography, you probably have the desire to take part in events as a photographer. But how do you organize it, and what do you even need to do once you arrive on the scene? The desire is easily explained by the fascination of the process, the opportunity to meet a lot of interesting people, and generally take part in something very interesting. Let's figure it out together!

By the way, the final stage of working with photos from the event, of course, will be the post-processing and you can use a photo framing app. If you want to learn more about this, go to Skylum`s blog.ย 

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Getting Started

When you are just a beginner and a little-known photographer, you should not expect more invitations and big fees. Most likely, your first such shoots will not be paid at all, but do not get upset about it.

To capture the quality of the event from beginning to end you should not only know the location of the event and the time of its start, and its nuances. In general, access will certainly be a program of the sequence of operations. If there isn't one, contact the organizers and ask for that information. This is so that you can bring the appropriate lenses or other necessary accessories. Photos taken during the arrival of guests or, for example, during the award ceremony will be different.

Choose your subject for the shoot

In any event, there are key individuals, and you should know in advance who these people are. Primarily it is the organizers and guests who are invited with a special purpose. The purpose could be to draw attention to the event, for example. The list of such people you can also find out in advance, and if the designated people you do not know, look at their photos, so you can see them among the crowd.

Preparing for the shooting

If you do not know the taste preferences of the main clients, take as many shots with different settings, so that they could end up with something he likes. By the way, do not forget to ask them if you can use the material for your advertising, so as not to get into trouble.

To realize your professionalism and qualitatively prepare yourself, you should find time and arrive at the place where the photo shoot will take place, or better yet a couple of days in advance. Thus, you will be able to confidently take all the necessary equipment, and not waste time changing camera settings.

Working with a crowd

It's not about camera settings, it's about how you behave and how people like you. Of course, you don't have to be the guest star and draw too much attention to yourself, but you have to be able to get the crowd to like you. This manifestation as a professional will interest people for subsequent cooperation with you.

When people go to events they are often prepared, so when they see you with the equipment, they will be ready to pose for you.

Pay attention to the detail

No matter what the event is accustomed to the event, certainly, someone organized it, and most importantly decorated it! The organizer himself, the florist, the chef, and other people who invested effort, and tried to create something special! That's something special needs to be captured because these things create the atmosphere of the event.

Photos of those in attendance and the event

You need to be the eyes of what's going on. Take pictures of all the important moments. From the series of your photos, it should be very clear what the event was timed to, as well as the people present at it. Pay particular attention to the people, and try to make portrait shots that people can use separately from what was happening that day.

Do not go overboard with the artistic effect

An artistic approach to photography is fine, but in the case of this shoot, it is not always appropriate. You must pay attention to the following:

maintain the artistry of the frame, but in moderation;
create a composition;
choose the right aperture and focus for the shot so you can see everyone clearly;
photograph all of the highlights of the event. 

Use the flash only when appropriate

The use of the flash may only be appropriate if it is for group shots, or in preparation for the event. For example, flash may not be appropriate in situations such as: 

during an event participant's report (flash may be distracting and interfering);
if the event is taking place in dim light, in which case, the flash might strike someone in the eyes, and you will make guests uncomfortable;
in general, any situation where you might make those present uncomfortable.

Photo selection

In any photo shoot, some photos should not be seen by anyone but the photographer himself. Such photographs include the following:

photographs that show someone in the audience yawning or doing other non-cultural things (thinking no one is paying attention at this time);
not clear or blurry shots, which is likely your oversight.

Do your photo selection in several stages, picking, again and again, the best ones from the ones you've chosen before.

Final words 

Using all the above tips you can easily find a job at the events, even if it's the first time will not be paid, as well as avoid confusion in the process of shooting. With the client's permission, you can use the material in the form of advertising their activities. Of course, the final stage in your work will be post-processing, and for that, you can read more about it in Skylum`s blog.

Krystal | Sunny Sweet Days
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