Today I’m sharing tips about photographing events!
One of the many reasons Autumn is my favorite season is all of the wonderful events and festivals in my area. With that in mind, the next batch of #nndailytip posts are about photographing events! I love trying to get the main stage and the crowd into photos of events to really paint a picture of what it was like. This was doubly important for Barktoberfest–the pups in the crowd were kind of the point!
Right now we are talking about photographing events for #nndailytip When photography of a stage is allowed and you are capturing the action, especially with a phone camera, you probably won't get many details. Instead try to think about how bodies and props move on the stage and go for interesting shapes and silhouettes. This picture is from last year's Dance in the Park–excited for this year's tomorrow!
When you go to the same events over and over, your photos can get a little repetitive. You might feel like there's not much to record. When you are at this point, go in thinking about what story you want to tell. What's different about this time? What are your favorite things about the event? (Never mind if you've photographed that before–it will still be different!) What are some details that you missed before? How can you try to show the scope of the event with photos? I probably have five photos of Iron Man (with War Machine in later years) at the Maker Faire, but that's okay! He's always a show stopper. It's awesome to see the kids' reactions shift over the years. And all of these similar photos are in different albums. They make me smile–it doesn't matter if it's similar year to year! #nndailytip
Guest #nndailytip from @moscrappin My biggest tip for photographing events is to make a list of photos that you want to be sure to capture. If you need ideas, Pinterest is a great place to start. My husband and I recently took a "kid free" trip to visit Walt Disney World. To prepare for our trip, I searched "Disney photos" in Pinterest and came up with several website to search. Then I made my list!! Some of my favorite photos are of rides and with characters!! I also love documenting little details around Disney.
At an event with a light show? Try testing taking photos at different times–some of the light colors / intensities work better than others. For phone photography, play with where you focus, too! You might want to focus on the lights and get cool colors and a silhouette of your subject, or focus on your subject, which will blow out the rest of the photo with light. #nndailytip
What are your favorite tips for photographing events?
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