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3 Things To Look For When Photographing Events

In the past 12 years I’ve covered over 500 events from music festivals to nightclubs to Christmas parties, to corporate functions. Barring the “look at me” photos (I will discuss this topic in a later blog) I can safely say 90% of the images can be put in one of 3 categories. These categories are what you should look for when covering any wedding, Christmas party, corporate party, or any other type of function .

1. VENUE – When you arrive to the event it’s a good idea to start with shooting the outside (your already outside anyway) don’t forget to include (if they have one) the banner for the event or anything else with the name of the function. Try to get it from different angles (shooting up or from the side always works), and with and without people in the shot because you never know what they might use the image for. Not just the outside of the building but the inside too. Look at individual rooms, hallways, entranceways, outdoor area, etc. All from different angles, and focal lengths (usually on the wide end).
Venue

Venue

Venue

2. DETAILS – This could be anything from the flower a woman has on her ear to the table settings. Everything is fair game when it comes to details. Be mindful of things that are relevant to the event. For example if you’re shooting an event that’s sponsored by several companies try to find the details for each sponsor product. The promoter will love you for it plus you can show the photos to the sponsors to help promote yourself. This will sometimes help you in getting more work.


Detials


Detials


Detials

3. PEOPLE DOING INTERESTING THINGS – This is, and will always be my favorite part of shooting events. The beautiful thing about is the fact that What I think is interesting may not interesting to another person, which makes me enjoy looking at other photographers view of what’s interesting. What I believe is interesting almost always involves action; dancing, singing, falling, kissing, laughing, etc. I find people involved in the moment is (for me) exciting to catch. Sometimes it can’t be used like someone throwing up in a garbage can (I got thrown out of a venue one time for shooting that once). Someone crying from pure joy is almost always usable. More on this subject later.


People doing interesting things


People doing interesting things


People doing interesting things


People doing interesting things..What? You never seen a clown dancing in a tub?!?

4. ANY COMBINATION OF THE ABOVE – I know I said three but, this last one is self-explanatory. You can usually get this by using a wide-angle lens with a person or object in the foreground.

Combination


Combination


Combination

Written by
Ashton Boni

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