The Edinburgh Festival Fringe
has kicked off and for those of you who don't know what it's all about, it's a huge arts festival that runs until 26 August. There are all sorts of shows taking place during the Fringe that you have to get tickets for, but visit the Royal Mile and it is all free. And great for pictures.
For those of you who are going along to the event or for those who are thinking about attending another year, here are a few quick photography tips for you to consider.
with a standard zoom
is perfect. A telezoom is worth having but more often than not, someone will walk in your way if you use a long lens. Use a telezoom for tightly-cropped shots rather than trying to get a shot from a distance.
Wides work well too but make the point of getting in close to fill the frame and accept that you are going to get fussy backgrounds.
Place To Be
The best location is on the Royal Mile where you get street performers and artists promoting their shows with mini-performances. It gets very busy with visitors and performers come and go during the day. Hang around all day and you will not be short of something to aim your lens at. It's bustling but great fun and obviously take care of your possessions in the crowds.
It is worth noting that some performers would like a payment for posing and it is up to you if you want to make a contribution. Some of the shows are excellent and you might feel that half-an-hour of street theatre is worth some small change.
You will see all sorts of photographic approaches here so there are no hard-and-fast rules. The best advice is to shoot quickly, watch the background and enjoy yourself. It can get hot at this time of year too, so remember to keep hydrated.
Modern cameras have relatively large buffers but if you have an older model it pays not to machine-gun away only to find that the camera is still writing images to card when the best shot happens. Timing is obviously important, but have the camera set to continuous drive so if something does happen you can just keep your finger on the button.
Find Good Angles
Move around to explore different camera angles is important. It is easy to snap away without thinking about moving around to explore the best angles.
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