13 Event Photography Tips Every Event Photographers Must Know – The Black Light Studios

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Event Photography requires a lot of skills for you to get a perfect shot that your clients would love. It can be very hard sometimes especially if you are a beginner photographer because there is only one chance and there are no do-overs. You need to be able to capture every moment of the event.

That is why I decided to write this article solely dedicated to a beginner event photographer. In this article, I will share with you 13 must-know event photography tips. These tips will help you through the whole process, from setting up the shot to delivering your final work to your clients. So let’s get started!

Before we get into our main topic of this article, let’s first take a look at a short description of event photography.

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What Is Event Photography?

Event photography is a genre of photography solely dedicated to displaying various types of events such as weddings, birthdays, award ceremonies, fashion shows, parties, and many more. In simple words, capturing pictures of events is considered as event photography and the photographer who specializes in capturing pictures of events is known as event photographer.

Now, that you have an idea about what event photography is, let’s get back to our main topic of this article.

13 Must Know Event Photography Tips

Here is a quick look at these 13 tips for your event photography:

  1. Dress According To The Event
  2. Ask Questions About The Event
  3. Make A Shot List
  4. Don’t Stand Still (Always Keep Moving)
  5. Capture Some Posed Photographs
  6. Always Be On A Look Out For Candids
  7. Capture The Expressions
  8. Be Aware Of Your Surroundings
  9. Use External Flash Whenever Necessary
  10. Always Be Quick
  11. Don’t Create Disturbance
  12. Always Arrive Early
  13. Capture Some Pre-Event Photos

Now, I am going to explain what each one of those tips means and how will it affect your event photography.

1. Dress According To The Event

The most important thing for an event photographer to do is to blend in. For achieving that you need to make sure you dress according to the event you are photographing. You do not want to draw attention to yourself as some people are uncomfortable being photographed by some weird guy.

You can just ask your client what dress code everyone will be wearing for the event and choose your clothes accordingly. Also, make sure your outfit is comfortable enough as you will be moving around capturing photos and you do not want to miss anything while you are fixing your dress.

2. Ask Questions About The Event

Even before you start shooting an event, you need to make sure you know everything about the event you are photographing. You can simply ask your clients questions like, what kind of event is it? what are the important parts or ceremonies of the events? or what kind of photos you are expecting?

This is a very important part of your job as an event photographer because if you don’t know anything about the event you will probably miss some great and very important moments that your client would have wanted. If you know what kind of event it is and what things you can expect to happen in that particular event will help you avoid missing any great and very important moments of the event.

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Bottom line is, by asking questions about the event will help you know what is going to happen next and you will be ready for it and avoid missing any important moments.

3. Make A Shot List

Now that you know what kind of event it is and the things you can expect to happen in the event you are photographing, it is time for you to make a shot list. Making a shot list will help you get your photos quickly and avoid missing any important moments by standing still and thinking about what should I photograph next?

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Your shot list should be according to the things or ceremonies which will happen in the event you are photographing. This is also an important part of your job as you will already know what you will be photographing next instead of wasting your time thinking.

Always make sure that your client is aware of your shot list as it will help you both to be ready when the event happens. This will help also help the client know what to expect from you and you will know what you will be able to provide. It will be much better if you just ask your clients what are the important things of the events they want to be photographed.

4. Don’t Stand Still (Always Keep Moving)

Whenever you are photographing an event, never stand still on the same spot for several hours. You need to always make sure you are taking photographs from every perspective of the event. You can achieve that by moving around and photographing the event from different angles and perspectives.

For instance, take a wide shot from an eye level and then take the same shot by moving closer or take it from a low angle or take it from the side. Always keep moving as it will help you cover the whole event from various perspectives.

5. Capture Some Posed Photographs

You need to always make sure you have some posed photographs of the event you are photographing. The candid shots are more interesting and the best for event photography but peoples also love some posed photographs.

You can ask some guests and important people at the event to pose for a photograph. Remember, the pose doesn’t need to be very fancy or professional as you are not doing fashion photography for a magazine. A simple pose by just tilting a little on the side would be enough for your event photography.

6. Always Be On The Lookout For Candids

As mentioned above in tip #5, candid shots are more interesting and the best for event photography. You should always be on the lookout for the best candids you can capture that will help you tell a story about the event you are photographing.

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Always remember to avoid unflattering candid moments such as someone chewing food or making a bad face. These kinds of photos are usually not appreciated by the clients.

7. Capture The Expressions

Good event photography is the one where you capture the expressions. Event photography is not just about the things happening in the events, it is also about everyone who is attending the event. The best way to capture people is to capture their expressions.

Capturing expression will help you tell a story about the event through your photographs which are often appreciated by the clients. Your clients would want to see the reactions of the people who are attending the event that is why you need to capture the expressions.

8. Be Aware Of Your Surroundings

Whenever you are photographing an event you need to be aware of your surroundings. You need to know what is happening around you. This is important because of various reasons such as, if you are unaware of what is going on around you, you might miss some important shots or if you are not paying attention to your surrounding and fully focused on capturing photos, you might run into somebody, which could cause an interruption in the event and may result in your equipment falling off your hand or even worst you might get fired.

But the most important reason for you to be aware of your surrounding is for you to be able to analyze the situation and anticipate what is going to happen next for you to be able to capture a great shot.

9. Use External Flash Whenever Necessary

Whenever you are shooting an event indoors or if you are shooting an event at night time or low light conditions or shooting in an uneven lighting condition you should use external lighting equipment mainly external flash whenever necessary.

This is important because the lighting is an important element of photography and a photograph that is not perfectly lit is just not good.

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Always make sure that you are not directly pointing external flash towards the subject. Instead, tilt it upward to create soft lighting.

10. Always Be Quick

While photographing an event, you need to know the fact that no one is at the event to be with you. While shooting photographs of an event, be ready to go, take a step back, click off three or four photos and move on, any more than that (unless it is a VIP or an important person of the event) might create intrusions of the attendee’s time. 

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In simpler words, if you do have the opportunity to shoot from up close, be quick, quiet, and stay as low as possible.

11. Don’t Create Disturbance

This is the most important tip for you to keep in mind whenever you are photographing an event, especially if you are a beginner photographer. You need to make sure that your presence is not creating any kind of interruptions as it could potentially ruin the event.

As mentioned in tip #10, you should be quick, quiet, and stay as low as possible. If you create any kind of disturbance you might ruin the event for someone or everyone which is very bad and might result in a bad impression of you as a photographer.

12. Always Arrive Early

As Beau Bennett from the Netflix series The Ranch always says, if you are on time you are late and if you are early you are on time. What I am trying to say is always arrive early, I would suggest at least 30 minutes early. This should be enough time for parking, unloading gear, viewing the location once more, and checking in with your client.

13. Capture Some Pre-Event Photos

This is also another reason to arrive early. You need to make sure you capture some pre-event photos. This will help you to display how the venue of the event looks like without people. This is because for some people the venue itself is as important as the event. For instance, you are photographing a destination wedding.

Photograph the venue, table settings, and other beautiful details before the guests arrive. These are just as important as the story that unwinds. Many clients don’t think about this but they will appreciate a snap of the setting that they paid so much money (and time) on.

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Conclusion

Event photography can be hard sometimes but if you just learn and get better at your photography skills it is not entirely impossible. You can always go online and search for articles just like this for you to learn more which will eventually make you a better photographer.

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