Tips for Carnival Photography

 

Carnival Photography 1. Be organised. Know where you are going, what you are wearing and how much time you have to take photos.

2. Have plenty of film/memory cards.

3. Take a lens bag to carry your camera, lenses, filters etc.

4. Check the weather forecast and dress appropriately.

5. Bring snacks.

6. Use flash indoors or in daylight to take sharper pictures.

7. Take time to enjoy the carnival and let the sights, sounds and people inspire you.

8. Learn to work within your budget.

9. Avoid crowds.

10. Don’t forget to celebrate and take part in the fun.

Here are some quick tips for taking photos at this year’s carnival.

Take a camera.

There are so many fantastic images available to you online. It’s important to have a good camera to capture these images. It is always a good idea to take a photo of yourself, just to remember this wonderful experience!

Get a tripod.

If you do not already have a tripod, consider getting one for your camera, so you can keep your camera steady for all those beautiful shots. A quality tripod will ensure that your images are sharp and clear.

Use manual settings.

Carnival Photography

Manual settings allow you to control how your camera is set up. This allows you to use your creativity and control the lighting and colouring of your image. You will be able to adjust the shutter speed to freeze moving objects, or change the aperture to let in more light. You can also use the timer setting to prevent you from having to hold down the shutter button.

Keep your camera clean.

Wipe away any moisture from your lens before you take your picture. This helps to reduce dust and dirt on your camera. If you do not have a lens cloth, wipe your camera with a dry lint-free cloth. Never touch the front of the camera as this will make the sensor dirty.

Take your camera everywhere.

Bring your camera everywhere. Even on holidays, you can take the time to take some fantastic pictures. If you plan ahead, you can make sure you have the best possible photos of your holiday, even when you are not at the most convenient location.

Make use of natural light.

Try to capture your photos in natural light rather than in artificial light. It will allow you to get the best possible colouring in your images. When you are in a dark area, make sure you take a torch along with you, or use a flashlight app on your phone, so you can see where you are going and illuminate the space.

Think ahead.

When you go somewhere, think about where you want to capture images. You can make the most of the view from a particular place, or make sure you get some images that show a different part of the city, or a different part of the beach. You can also use your imagination to create some fantastic scenes. Take some time to think about the weather and what you want to capture.

Try to keep an open mind.

This is a great time to try out new techniques. You can experiment with filters, colours, and lighting. You will be surprised at how much of a difference these simple changes can make to your photographs.

Always think about your photo composition.

Try to compose your image so it has a strong focal point. The subject should stand out from the rest of the image, and the background should be kept to a minimum. You should also try to keep your composition symmetrical.

Ask your family and friends to help.

If you are not familiar with a new technique, ask someone for help. They will be able to advise you on how to achieve the best results. Ask your friends to be your model for different shots, if you are struggling to find a good subject.

Have fun.

Take your time and enjoy yourself. This is a unique opportunity to capture some beautiful memories of the holidays. Go to places you have never been before, meet new people, and capture some wonderful moments.

Use this checklist to plan for a great day.

1. Prepare your camera for the Carnival

• If you are taking photos using a digital camera, make sure you have loaded the latest version of your software and connected your camera to a USB cable to download the images.

• Check your camera settings to ensure you have sufficient lighting and you have the correct exposure.

• Turn on auto focus (AF) and make sure it is set to Continuous AF.

• If you are using a flash, set it to TTL mode.

2. Prepare your subject

• Make sure you have checked your lens is clean.

• Have a spare battery ready.

• Test your memory card to make sure it is full.

• Put the memory card in your camera.

3. Take great photos

• If you are taking photos using a digital camera, make sure you have set the camera to auto white balance (AWB).

• Set your white balance so the subject looks natural.

• Use the live view screen on your camera to check how well your camera is working.

4. Share your images

• Post images to social media and share with family and friends.

• You can use apps like Instagram, Facebook, Twitter and Pinterest.