What is it that makes people look good? When we see someone, we often judge them by how they look. If you photograph people on a regular basis, you might think about it too. It’s worth considering how you might be able to help improve the looks of your subject, whether it is for a professional business client, a friend, or for yourself. In the end, most of us want to look attractive and look good in photographs, but sometimes we need help! Here are 12 tips for expert event photography that will help you produce beautiful, striking images. They’re easy to follow and can be used even if you’ve never taken an event photograph before.
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1. Learn the basics
Start by practicing the fundamentals of photography. When we’re shooting events, the lighting conditions change constantly, so it’s important to be able to set the white balance of your camera correctly from the get-go. Once you’ve mastered this essential step, move on to the next level: learn to shoot in manual mode so you can adjust the shutter speed and aperture settings to your own personal taste. You can also shoot in RAW mode if you prefer, and use the image editing tools built into the camera to improve and enhance the picture.
2. Plan your shots
It’s always helpful to plan ahead before you start shooting. This helps to eliminate the element of surprise and you can avoid taking unwanted shots. If you’re using a DSLR, you can use a camera app to plan your shots. You can even take pictures with your phone if it has a good camera app.
3. Shoot in low light
Shooting in low light can be tricky. Often, people’s faces look more blurred and less defined than they might do under brighter lighting conditions. If you’re shooting in poor light, you may want to use a flash or a fill-in flash from your camera (see number
4. Choose a flattering pose
We all have favorite poses, and some are easier than others to achieve. One of the simplest ways of helping your subject look good is to make sure they are looking at the camera. Even if you’re not a photographer, most people will like looking directly into the lens.
5. Take a few practice shots
It’s worth taking a few practice shots before the big event. This will help you to identify the best lighting conditions and the best poses. If you have time, go to several events before you choose your final images. It’s a good way of getting to know what works well for your clients. You can even take photographs of yourself in front of a mirror and see which ones you like the best.
6. Use fill-in flash
If you are using low light or a bright background, you may want to use fill-in flash from your camera (see number
7.. Fill-in flash adds a nice glow to people’s faces and can make them look more natural and relaxed.
8. Adjust white balance
White balance can affect the look of the images. If you are taking pictures indoors, it’s a good idea to make sure you have adjusted the white balance on your camera. This will adjust the color temperature of the image to compensate for different lighting conditions. You can do this in the camera app by choosing ‘Auto white balance’.
9. Use depth of field
When you focus on the foreground of an image, you can lose some of the background. This can be particularly noticeable when photographing people. To avoid losing any background detail, try using a large aperture (small f number) which allows more light in, allowing you to get a shallow depth of field. This means that most of the subject is sharp but the background is blurred and can appear soft and dreamy. To help you choose the right aperture, use the depth of field preview button on your camera or use an app such as Lightroom (see number
10. Use a camera tripod
You can easily trip over a camera if you aren’t careful. This can lead to blurry images and ruined photographs. If you want to take photos quickly, it’s best to use a tripod. This will keep the camera steady so that you can get sharp, professional-looking pictures.
11. Keep up to date with software
If you are using a DSLR, it’s worth keeping up to date with your camera software. Some of the latest software offers more in-depth editing tools which can help you to adjust brightness, contrast, and color in images. You can also do this using a photo editor on your computer. Many online image editing programs allow you to make changes to your images while you are uploading them to the Internet.
12. Use natural light
If you are taking pictures outdoors, make sure you have enough light. The best time of day to shoot is either early or late in the day. This gives you plenty of natural light without the glare of bright sunshine. If you’re shooting indoors, consider using a window (make sure it is white!) or setting up a lamp. If you are using fill-in flash, try setting the light on a reflector or using a diffuser
13. Use a zoom lens
A zoom lens lets you get closer to your subject than a fixed-focal-length lens. This is handy if you are photographing people because it can mean you don’t need to get too close to them. This will also help you to avoid having your subject looking into the lens or too far away from the camera. If you have an SLR, you can use a zoom lens by adjusting the focal length of your camera lens with a zoom ring on your lens barrel.
14. Be observant
When taking pictures at an event, be observant and take advantage of opportunities to shoot. For example, you may be able to capture a picture of someone in a crowd that is otherwise hidden, or find a shot where two people are having a conversation and you can fit in.
15. Capture emotions
Think about what you want your audience to feel when they see your pictures. If you want them to have fun, make sure your photos show smiling faces. When you’re shooting a corporate event, the mood you’re trying to create is often a serious one, so you’ll want to include more somber images, such as close-ups of a company logo.
16. Practice, practice, practice
Photography is like any other skill – you get better by practicing. Be patient with yourself. There’s no shame in shooting your first few pictures on automatic, even if you don’t get them perfect straight away. The only way to improve is to try new things and make mistakes.
17. Shoot from different angles
A picture is worth a thousand words, and you should shoot from as many angles as possible when you’re photographing an event. Shoot from above, below, behind and in front, and from different perspectives, as this will help you capture the event in different ways.
18. Shoot fast
People move quickly at events. You need to be able to take a picture within a split second, or you risk losing the shot. Make sure your shutter speed isn’t too slow (below 1/30 of a second) or it may blur the moving subjects. Your camera’s flash may also help, but remember that if you use it, the background can turn black.
19. Be a team player
As the photographer, it’s your job to set up and make all the necessary preparations for an event. This includes buying extra batteries, changing settings on the camera and focusing, and ensuring that everyone in the room is looking towards you when you shoot. Don’t hesitate to ask people to stop chatting and look at the camera if you think they look too relaxed, and don’t forget to check that your subject is looking in the right direction.
20. Use flash
You’ll usually be able to tell if your flash is working by seeing how bright the background looks. If this is not the case, try to adjust the settings on your camera until you get a good balance between the amount of light coming from the flash and the ambient light. If your camera doesn’t have a built-in flash, you can use your smartphone as a stand-in.
21. Experiment with different lighting
If the event location isn’t ideal for taking pictures, experiment with other options. If you’re photographing a wedding, you could set up your own makeshift tent or use a table or a flat surface to create a backdrop. If the event is outdoors, you can set up a background by placing objects behind your subject or by using something in front of them, like a tree or fence, that will break up the lines and make it look more natural.
22. Look for interesting shots
Don’t just focus on the main people or objects in the room. Find a new angle or position to shoot from and be brave enough to try different things. If you’re taking pictures of an event, you’ll be able to tell if something is working or not by looking at how your subject looks. So don’t be afraid to take pictures from new angles or perspectives.
23. Use filters
If you have a DSLR camera, you can use special filters to change the appearance of your picture. You can use a neutral density filter to brighten up dark events, like weddings and corporate events. Black and white photos can also help create a more dramatic effect, while sepia and blue look good for a more vintage style. If you have a smartphone, you can download apps that allow you to apply filters to your pictures.
24. Capture the details
The details are what make an image great. The way the light falls on your subject, the quality of the backdrop and the colors in the room all come together to make a perfect shot. Take advantage of these things by thinking about what you want the viewer to notice. For example, if you’re photographing a wedding, make sure your subjects are looking at the camera.
There’s nothing like an event to put a smile on people’s faces. After all, it’s something they look forward to each year. So it’s natural that event photographers would want to capture the best images possible.
That’s why it’s important to get started early. By the time you arrive at your event, it might be too late to start taking pictures.
The first step to successful event photography is to be prepared. To be a successful photographer, you need to be a photographer first.
If you don’t have any experience, you should get started by taking some classes or reading some books. If you do have experience, you can continue to learn and grow.
The most important thing is to always be improving yourself as a photographer and growing your skills.