When you know how to use your camera and you know and have a passion of photography, use your talents in different ways. In all the photography types, one of the most interesting photography types is Event Photography. If you are a beginner, event photography for you is the best way to learn about photography. If you attend different events, you will eventually get the knowledge about event photography. This is one thing which is high on demand in photography world.
Event photography is fun and challenging as well. In the event you could do fashion photography, wedding photography, birthday photography etc. If you cover one event successfully, your career of photography will get a push by that successful experience. As a beginner, you may not know much about event photography. There are several tips and technique of this particular photography type following which you can actually become a professional event photographer.
Here are some tips and tricks for beginners to do Event Photography
Know every detail
As a beginner, when you are getting the offer of photographing an event (You may have to approach at the beginning) you should ask every details of the event. Details as in, ask about the event venue, starting time, the event type, the slots, what are the activities going to be happened, when it will finish etc. Knowing these details is very important. Note them down on the paper or on your phone. This will help you to remind you about the event details. You can make your mind prepared once you get the details and you will also get the time to manage all the things you want. Sign a contract with your clients if they agree to do that.
Prepare Yourself and your Gadgets
People get excited when they get their desired things to do, right? As a beginner, when you get your first offer as an event photographer, you will definitely get excited and happy. Isn’t it? Well, do not go crazy or nervous. Calm yourself down and start preparing yourself for your event shooting. Check every photography gadgets of yours if they are working properly or not. Check your camera, battery, lenses, tripod and other necessary stuffs. You even have to make your mind prepared for event photography. Preparing yourself mentally is very important while shooting for events. Do not leave any of your important gadgets behind. Keep yourself and your gadgets well organized.
Click Pre-Event Photos
Before attending your professional event photo shoot, I would suggest you to click pre-event photos. But how and where would you do that? Well, go to any random event with your camera and click photographs. Make sure that you have the permission so that you do not get beaten by people. Go with your gadgets and gears and start clicking photos in some events and gather as much experience as you can. Click as much photos as you can. I’m sure that clicking pre-event shoots will be very beneficial for you.
Choose the right attire for you
Many people think that if you are a photographer, you can wear anything and everything. But this perception of the people is very wrong. The photographers get ignored when a photographer wear something which is just too casual. It created a wrong impression. Since I have already said to know about the event type, get your attire according to the event. Suppose you are assigned for clicking photos at an event of wedding, you cannot just go with t-shirt and jeans. Wear something which goes with the wedding like suits, or blazer or anything formal. This will not keep you divided from the other crowd. So choose the attire correctly for your event photography.
Maintain your time
Before going to a professional field, you have to know maintaining some important things which is needed. One of the things which you should maintain strictly is the time. Listen to the starting time of the time very well from the client. You should know how to maintain the time. Remember, you cannot go late at the event venue. People cannot wait for you there. You are the one who has to go early and set everything for shooting. The setting should be done before the guests start arriving. Maintaining the time schedule is very important for every photographer. If you cannot go on time, your photography career will come to an end even before starting.
Interact with People
While photographing an event, you have to be comfortable and you have to make people comfortable. Attending an event as a photographer, you should make some connection to do photography more comfortably. You will get to click photos as per your requirement by getting gel with the people in the same event. In the events, one of the main elements is people. It is not easy to click people into the frame. Create an ease with the guest to click their best expressions. But you always have to keep your manner and behave well with the guests. Do not just irritate people. If they are not comfortable getting clicked and just let it go and do not insist or force.
Know when to use flash and when not to
When you are doing indoor event photography, you will have sets of lightings for sure. If you have the habit of using flash of your camera then just leave it while shooting indoor. You have to know when you should use the flash and when you should not use the flash while event photography. You can use flash but when it is needed. But when you have enough lighting arrangement then do not use flash. Using flash leads your photos to get a faded effect. The face of the people does not come well in the photos by that. So it is better not to use flash that frequently.
Take continues shots
It is quite impossible to get great photos in just one shot. It happens exceptionally sometimes. If you are clicking something, take some continuous shots of that particular thing or person. Set your shutter speed high and continuous mode on. Out of many continuous shot, you will get at least one perfect photo. So it is better to keep on shooting continuously. Almost every professional event photographer takes continues shots at the event for getting one perfect shot.
Candid photographs are considered as the most genuine photographs because you can see the most natural and genuine expression of the people in the photographs. Event programs are the best place where you will get to click a lot of candid photograph. So when you are clicking photographs in events, click many candid photographs. Candid photographs clicked on the events will give you the originality of someone’s face. When you will see the candid snaps after taking, you may get a masterpiece of the event. Many people nowadays are posing just like that to make them look candid. Your clients also may get happy and pleased seeing the candid photos you click.
Do not stick to one place only
If you are photographing an event and you are just sticking to one place only, that will not make you a proper event photographer. You have to look and walk around the place. You should know each and every corner of the event venue. Click photos in each and every corner of the venue to get different background. Sticking to one place will give just one background and your photo session will go horribly boring. To make your photos look interesting, try clicking in different places using different backgrounds.
Shoot Small Details
Photography in event does not mean you have to click photos of the people only. The interior of the events are worth clickable. Do not forget to click the interior and many other small details of the event. If you have knowledge about professional event photographs, you will see that all the photographers click many small details at the event. The small details could be the plates and glasses, the flowers, a piece of decoration, foods, wall décor etc. If you click the photo keeping one small detail on focus keeping the background blur, you would get amazing photos.
Click from Every Angle
Playing with different angles is fun. Clicking photos from only one front angle is way too simple nowadays. That one and only angle will not give you amazing photos. But you have to click photos from every angle. An element or a person may not look good in one angle. When you click that one element or the person or the thing at the event from every other angle, you may get one perfect photograph. So click photos from every angle while doing event photography.
For a professional photographer, it is very unlucky to see his camera battery coming down. What would you do if your camera battery does not come in your favor? If you have no back-up, you have nothing to do without crying at your faith. To avoid that situation, you have to keep back-ups. Carry extra camera, lenses and battery along with you at event venue so that you can use them while facing unwanted and unfavorable situations.
Finally, Post Processing
After finishing the event photography it is time to deliver the event photos to your clients. Your clients definitely will expect some great event photos since they are going to pay you for that. You should not deliver them the raw photographs. Go for photo editing before delivering the photos. If you know how to do post processing, then do the photo editing by yourself. But if you do not have the time to edit photos or if you are not able to do so then you can go for different photo editing companies. There are many different photo editing companies which are working very fluently in photo editing which can help you as well to edit your event photos. So deliver the photos after photo editing.
People who hosts or organize events, they plan many thing and photography is a big part of it. In today’s digital world, almost all the events are covered by photographers. People need photography to keep the memory or for the publicity purpose. So it matters a lot. By doing event photography, you can earn a handsome amount of money which are invested by the clients. You cannot let them down who invest behind you. Following these 14 tips and techniques on event photography will change your photography style and will make you a better event photographer.