Once you mention the word “event”, it can be fun, exciting but also a bit nervy at the same time. So spare a thought for the person who is covering any such event as an amateur or a professional photographer. On a lighter note, the art of photography always demands certain thumb rules to follow. A lot also depends on how grand the event to be covered is. Preparation is the first requirement besides the usual equipment that must be in its best shape to give best results in the custom photo books. Let’s discuss more:
- Rock up Early and Take Pre-Event Photos- It is wise to arrive at the scene 15-30 mins prior to the event or depending on the style of the event. This is the best buffer of time that you can utilize in order to build the relationship with the guest at the event. This would also let you become more comfortable to ask for the photos once the event starts and perhaps the best time to take pre-event setup shots as well.
- Action Shots- They are an important addition to the portfolio as well as to the photo collage canvas. How do you take them? Always stay on the lookout. Now that the preparation has been all sorted, the next step is to know what makes a good event photograph. The action shots are far livelier than those where the people pose for a photo. Anything such as someone throwing her bouquet in the air, with all the ladies at the back getting ready to see who will catch it first. You get the point. Be quick! Event photography calls for quick attention to detail and the ability to literally jump into the scene in a flash! You never know what’s going to happen.
- Go for RAW Format- A fact that goes without saying. If you need to get the best pictures of the event, look no further than shooting in RAW. RAW format gives the advantage of recording all data from the sensor, giving you the highest possible quality you can get. This is most beneficial in the low-lit events. The JPEG format might be a big letdown, as it gets very hard to adjust JPEG format using Light room or Photoshop. But most important of all, you have the relief of correcting the overly underexposed and overexposed images on RAW. If you happen to have no shortfall on spaces then shooting in RAW is awesome.
- Consider Your Backdrop and Make Necessary Adjustments- Many a time especially in the press events or in the seminars the speaker stands right in front of a banner. As they are pretty much a regular and cannot be avoided altogether, you must focus on the subject alone. Wait for the right time and always look for the action shot that might give you the room for adjustment in the photos. Like they say, the eye for swiftness is as much important as the eye for perfection!