Event Photography Tips and Challenges.

When photographing events, particularly public events, you generally have no control over your environment. You have to deal with bad and changing light, schedules and itineraries are a moving target and the event organisers have no idea how minor changes can have huge implications for photographers.

The image below was take at a recent public street music festival. The light was very low level LED Lighting which was constantly changing in intensity and colour. The violinist was right at the side of the stage and only lit infrequently.

Tasmanian Dust Devils, Party in Pink
Tasmanian Dust Devils, Party in Pink

After moving five or six times, I finally found a spot where I thought I might be able to get a shot. I then spent several minutes figuring out what camera settings would work and then after taking shots for another ten minutes I finally got a few images that I was happy with.

If you want to get that difficult shot you have to;

– Be patient and spend time figuring out which is the best angle to shoot from taking the available light into account.

– Know your camera settings inside out, so you can get the most out of your equipment. (RTFM, Read The Fecking Manual)

– Don’t expect to get the shot straight away. It will often take several minutes, but sometimes a lot longer, before the right opportunity presents itself.

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