Let’s just say that events come in various shapes and sizes. Not literally. It’s just that events can be very different even though they belong to the same category. They could be birthdays, Weddings, Funerals or Anniversaries. Whatever event it may be there will always be such a thing as Event Photography which could either be successful or unsuccessful depending on the type of event as well. First thing to know how to be successful in event photography is to understand the event itself. This way, the photos can easily reflect the dominant mood of a celebration. Sad or serious events may have a shift in lighting and have different characteristics compared to lively and jolly celebrations. In weddings, you must understand that it isn’t a time to be unsure with your camera. You must know what moments to capture and how to capture them with your camera clearly. Other than being familiar with the event, you must also be familiar with your equipment. That is, if you’re the one taking photos for a simple family event.
Be critical of the photos.
On the other hand, when you are hiring a photographer to do the job for you, it is still important that you know how to criticize photos. This way, you are able to know if it’s worth what you’re paying for. For example, in Christmas season you’ll observe that the Christmas tree would be the centre of attention for a photo. Your photographer would be able to know what elements should be included. For event photography, your photographer should keep in mind of the shift in lightings depending on the type of event or holiday as well as the venue in order to be familiar of the location itself. In event photography, the background is important because it could make the event easier to recognize due to certain trademarks you could find in particular holidays and celebrations. Also, the mood is easily set when the background and venue are well executed without taking away the attention from the subject of the photo at first look.
To ensure that the event ends with great photos, always know how to set the camera at just the right angle to catch the light perfectly. For any private events or parts of a celebration, ask permission if you are allowed to document them especially if the event is something like a formal meeting or a conference. Big events like these require professional photographers for proper documentation of what happened since it might be featured in the news or press. While in sports events, it is a technique to press the shutter all the way just before the action you want to take a photo of. This would let the timing be just enough time to catch the exact moment when it happens.
Know about the different styles.
What makes event photography slightly different is that there are different types of events and different rules to remember in each of them. This influences the photographer you would look for to cover the events that you’re planning to have.