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Photographing An Event From A Beginner's Perspective

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Event Photography As A Beginner - If taking photos at busy events isn't something you do regularly you can find it a little tricky as Emma Kay found out.

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Words by Emma Kay.

Event shooting can be tricky as getting the balance of all the elements right to create a good all around photo can be difficult, as I found out when I went down to London for the jubilee celebrations.

One of the main issues I had was trying to set the camera up in the middle of a busy street, while missing potential shots. This may seem obvious to the more professional photographer, but as an amateur, learning to pre-set your camera not only saves time but it means you can capture prime shots quickly. If you know the conditions you will be shooting in, then you can usually quite accurately predict the settings you will need.

Other issues with event photography are light based. Shooting inside with bright light pouring through windows either made the inside too dark or the outside blindingly light, something which when you need to work quickly, can be a real pain. Again, knowing where you'll be shooting and at what time of day will help you plan and be better prepared.

Another problem is zoom. Ideally a lens with a long zoom is good for big events where you may be far away from the action.


As you can see above, even at full 5X zoom, the Queen is still rather far away. This is where a longer length zoom comes in. Also, a longer reach or shooting from a higher vantage point would have removed the lines of people from the bottom of the photo. For those who want to go really prepared (as some at the event did) you could take a set of small step ladders to stand on.

With event photography you need to set the scene for your audience, so having something that is iconic to the event in the photo will help. For example, the Olympic torch for the Olympics, or the Queen for the Jubilee. Iconic landmarks are always good for identifying the location of the shoot too.

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