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, engagements; 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.