Familiarise yourself with the location. Find out where the sun rises and sets. Find out if anything is happening that you will want to photograph (performances, speakers, fireworks, opening ceremony).
Check you have access to areas you want to photograph from.
Check if you need talent releases or if there is signage at the event informing people they may be photographed. Even if you don't need permission, it's nice to let people know if they are the focus of a photo. Particularly important to check if the photo can be used if there are recognisable children in it. Talent Releases are available via App and stock photo agencies.
If you have the opportunity, visit the location before your shoot to look at where you can photograph and what the sun will be doing.
Examples of event coverage
KI Source Cooking School for Fleurieu Living Magazine
Arts SA Ruby Awards 2016
Bloggers United, Adelaide
Business Chicks, Adelaide
photographing people in the environment
Don't be afraid to talk to people. More often, the pic will be better, and you will create a better visual if you have taken the time to talk to people. Most people are happy enough to have a pic taken. Show them after so they can see what you have made.
Ask if they want their photo taken. By hand gestures or verbally. If you can't talk to them due to distance/language/time, just point at your camera.
If you say you will send a pic - do. People remember and we want more people happy to have their photo taken, not bitter because they were lied to.
If someone says no, respect them. Don't try and sneak the photo. We are human first, photographers second.
Ask for permission to photograph children. There are many reasons for this, but particularly for keeping certain children's identities safe.
camera Tech Tips
Minimise camera shake and movement
- use a tripod
-use a self-timer or shutter release
Polarising filter can darken blue skies and cut out reflections in the water. Also adds richness to colours. Play around with the variance and don't overuse it.
ND filter minimises the amount of light that reaches the sensor. Handy if you want to blur water/slow motion and the ambient light is too bright.
Graduated filters - quite often the sky is lighter than the foreground. To even out the tonal difference a Graduated filter is used. Their gradual transition from clear to dark balances the exposure between the sky and the land to make a more even exposure in which detail remains in both the highlight and shadow areas. An alternative to this is exposure blending, where different exposures are made of the scene and combined in software later.
Shoot RAW if possible
- RAW will give you the most options in creativity and expression in presenting the image.
- a long lens will compress the distance between foreground and background.
- a wide angle will give you lots of space and depth. It will also allow more details to remain in focus.
Photograph people on the street with and without asking them. See reactions and how body language is shown.
Tell a story through a series of 5-10 photographs.
What to do once you have your photographs.
Editing, storage, archiving.