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Five Tips for Better Event Photography
Posted By Peter Phun On October 5, 2010 @ 12:09 am In Art of Photography | 10 Comments
When I left the news business and began shooting weddings, I quickly realized I had a built-in advantage over photographers whose background was mostly in portraiture.
Specifically, I knew how to cover fast-moving events without panicking or getting flustered.
Not Following a Script
Documenting an event with still pictures isn’t for everyone. Even experienced photographers who routinely take technically perfect, well-composed, sharp and well-exposed pictures don’t always cover events effectively.
Photographers accustomed to shooting within the predictable confines of a studio, or to calling the shots in their photo sessions, can easily lose their cool — not to mention their touch — in an environment they don’t control.
A wedding, even a well-planned one, has a tendency to not always follow the script. This plays to the strengths of newspaper photographers, who are accustomed to working alone, working fast and thinking on their feet.
For those interested in taking a photojournalist’s approach to shooting events, here are five tips from my experience:
A Newsman’s Tips for Covering Events
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