4 Basic Steps to Starting Event Photography

event photographyThe starting steps to become professional in event photography are always the hardest to overcome. You have to accept a lot of jobs that you don’t think will do much good for your portfolios. At the same time, you also have to make sure that you are only taking up jobs that you can handle. Because most clients don’t know much on the different specialties of event photographers.

So, here are the 4 basic things you need to do. This makes sure that you have a clear path and goal in mind, not just wildly taking up any photography jobs and end up as a photographer that is not special in anything.

1.Take up even the smallest event

Whatever it is, your first job does not have to be taking pictures in an impressive event. It can be a small house party or a relative’s birthday, but the most important thing is to make the most out of it. This is your first step towards exploring your event photography career and the pictures here will be your portfolios.

You don’t expect big events to come to you, but you make the best out of everyone who hires you.

2. Pay attention

When you are hired as a photographer, make sure that you know what the event is about. There is usually a main event in the party and sometimes, special guests. You want your clients to tell you everything you need to know about the event, so you can prepare yourself to take pictures of them.

Ask to be given an itinerary of the event if it exists. If it doesn’t, you should arrive early so you can be briefed on how the event will go on. You need to remember who the key figures are and take enough pictures of them, especially when they are involved in the event.

3. Learning from the best

It’s also a good thing to learn from professional photographers like www.smartpicsukeventphotography.com to know what it’s like to provide a professional event photography service. Make the best out of your chances to meet them!

Having experiences in event photography will also make people trust you more. A firsthand experience is nothing like education; it makes you see what it’s actually like to be directly involved. It won’t just be your head, but your body as well that learns where to go and what to do.

4.Be bold and respectful

You want to take the best pictures, but you shouldn’t be too bold that you are disrupting the guests. For example, you shouldn’t be blocking the line of view of the important guests. Plan your movements and install your equipment from places that won’t be a nuisance. Consult with your clients on this to make sure you install them in the right place.

During the event, you need to note the places of the key figures even when it’s dark. Remember where they are and consider the fact if you should use your flash or not. Using a flash diffuser is a good thing as well, but if it’s too dark and using a flash is deemed impossible, there are times when you should wait.

Remember these 4 steps and you won’t stray far during your event photography career.

Event Photography and Their Subjects

Hey! We are not invincible

I love a good event, it is one of the ways I wind down every weekend. Do you know why? Read this article to find out.

Time to connect. Be it weddings, award ceremonies, beauty pageants, comedy shows, birthdays, engageevent photographyments; you will find me there because it is a time to connect and I know even if they wouldn’t admit it; that photographers who are into event photography make a lot of money from it. If I calculate how much they make from me only, it will be close to a million bucks. Okay, I exaggerated there. But jokes apart they make money from it and I use the opportunity to establish connections, make business ties and promote my brand.

This is a challenge

Forget my playful self and let’s get serious. Event photography is actually challenging in every way possible and I must at least give credit to those photographers who put in so much effort to capture excellent quality shots. To enter into event photography, you should be position yourself in the right gear; you cannot be sluggish or lazy for this kind of job. There are times I feel for these photographers when I see them running around trying to capture the important moments without getting in the way of the guests.

I am guilty of the above, I am one of those persons in a concert who would yell at a photographer to bounce off because his head is blocking my view. Are you also in this gang with me? Well we cannot help it because the adrenaline in us at that moment is extremely high as we are also eager not to miss any tiny bit of the show or miss when our favourite artist starts to perform.

What you can do

If you are into event photography, then you should keep this few points in mind:

Be fully kitted- your tools and equipment should be readily available to you.

Get a good camera- your camera should have good lens, flash to get clear cut images when you shoot. For more information about the type of lens to go for, please consult google or a professional.

You may need an extra- depending on the size of event you are covering, you may need an extra hand to help you in also capturing shots maybe in another angle. This will prevent you from running around but help you to focus and be more precise.

Be punctual- go to the venue quite early to capture basic shots you might not have the opportunity of capturing again when guests begin to arrive. For instance in weddings, like the decorations, cake, etc.

Avoid getting in the way- yes you were contracted to capture photographs of the event but don’t make it about you, this could upset the guests. Like I complained about a photographer I told to get off my view because he was so inconsiderate and the angle he chose to take was obstructing our view at the concert.

Capture the moments- I have an article where I focused on this point, you need to capture those little moments of laughter, tears, the way the couple stare at each other and show off the sparks.

This is what I could come up with today concerning event photography.