Category Archives: Event Photography

Taking Photos of Animals

There is a reason why some photographers make animal photography the main focus of their careers – it is really, really hard to take good photographs of animals! They are especially unpredictable subjects, moving when you don’t expect them to and not looking in the direction of the camera. With some practise though, you can get better at capturing animal images.

When you are photographing a moving animal, have your camera on some kind of motion mode. This will ensure the photo you take isn’t blurry, and will show the animal in its full beauty. If you are trying to photograph an animal sitting still, it may take a little more patience, but you could try using a portrait mode to blur out the background and make the animal the real focus.

It’s important to remember that patience is the key here. If you are patient, you will eventually capture an image you are happy with.

Taking Photo at the Christmas Party

Christmas is a dream come true for photographers. If you are a professional photographer, you will probably already be booked up with Christmas shoots, giving you plenty of scope for finding work. If not, it is a great opportunity to gain experience and find new ways of working with your camera and with your subjects.

If you are attending any parties, such as the office Christmas party, ask if you can be an unofficial photographer. Take your camera along and see what you are able to capture. Even if you haven’t agreed to any terms and conditions, you will be able to practise and show people what you are capable of doing. This is the perfect way to build up your portfolio and also to work on honing some of your skills with your camera. Don’t be afraid to experiment and make sure you look out for some good subject matter. The story is as important as the photo.

Image Processing

Photographers can turn into graphic designers, and that’s because they manipulate images so much that they no longer reflect the truth.

The editing equipment available today essentially gives a skilled photo editor the freedom to change every single detail of a photo, but a good photograph will not require an awful lot of editing. It’s easy to take it too far, perhaps overdoing post production until your subject no longer look believable, and good photographers know when to stop.

Sometimes it’s important to have your own rules on post processing, and whether you should remove or add details from other photos. Photojournalist will be very strict, because it’s important that their images represent the truth of a story, while studio photographers may have completely different rules.

Investing in Quality Lenses

Sometimes lenses can be more expensive than the DSLR camera itself, and most professional photographers invest heavily in quality lenses. A lens is more than just a camera accessory; it’s a long-term investment and many photographers hold on to lenses for years to come.

This is also the main reason why photographers stay loyal to a particular manufacturer, and if you have a huge collection of Nikon lenses, it doesn’t make much sense to switch to a Canon or a Pentax camera – as you’re going to have to fork out on a wide range of lenses again. Many photographers will agree that cameras come and go, but lenses can be used for decades – if they’re looked after properly.

If you’re keen to make sure you have the right equipment for a diverse range of photography jobs, then you should invest in a series of good quality lenses, because there’s no denying their importance.

Batch Processing vs. Individual

Many photographers batch process their images to save time, and this is one of the big advantages. Once you’ve photographed a wedding, you’re likely to have hundreds of images to edit, and batch processing groups of images can prevent you from wasting needless hours on individual tweaks.

Some photographers also like to have one style for a series of images, and this is much easier to do if you’re batch processing, as you can apply the same adjustment to large number of images. Individual editing obviously takes more time, but there’s more attention to detail with this approach.

Some photographers are happy to spend more time editing, making tweaks to individual images, and it does all come down to preference. Too many photos in the same tones or colours can get a little bit boring and predictable, so whatever you do, make sure you are mixing it up from time to time.

Christmas Parties in Cambridge – Perfect for Events Photography

Christmas parties are among the most popular parties that anyone can hold throughout the year. These parties will offer some great ways for people to relax and just have a bit of fun, making it a hostpot for photogroahers. Christmas party themes in Cambridge can especially vary thanks to the extensive variety of themes that people can enjoy participating in and you’ll definately want to capture these moments. Here’s just a few of the different types of themes that people shuld consider experincing:

Consider a Baking Party

Baking parties can be rather appealing parties to hold for the season and you may want to hold this kind of party if you love food photogroahy. This is a type of party where people can exchange cookies and other items that they want to make for the holiday. People can share their goodies with each other and even exchange ideas on how to make some of the best foods and other treats for the Christmas season. This should make for a more fun and appealing thing for the season when all the many types of foods for the season are considered. Continue reading

Wedding Exhibitions – Make your photography stand a success

As soon as a couple have announced the date of their wedding, panic sets in. One place an engaged couples are bound to visit is a wedding exhibition. Here, they can find all the details they need for cake makers, flower makers, photographers, videographers, wedding DJs and many other companies.

Photography stands tend to grab attention and here are some tips to ensure your day is successful.

  • Smile – This is important and you want to draw people to your stand and that all begins with eye contact and a welcoming smile. You can then a conversation rolling and possibly obtain their contact details.
  • Go Big – You’ll only be given a certain amount of space for your stands but go big with the photographs. Make sure you display only the best photos and make sure the prints are big, that way you’ll demand attention.
  • Handouts – These are important and there will be so many different businesses cards and leaflets in a prospective customer’s bag when they arrive home. Make sure yours is one of them and make sure every single leaflet is handed out.

The Photojournalist Approach to Events

Different photographers will have different approaches to projects. Events photography can be as cheesy or natural as the photographer want it to be, and the photojournalist approach is all about reporting on the day’s events.

This means that there are no cheesy photos where the guests are forced into different positions. It’s a kind of ‘fly on the wall ‘approach and it means taking a step back, out of peoples way and photography them as they engage with each other.

If you like a great deal of control over your photos than this probably is not the style for you, and you do have to have strict rules if you really want to take on the photojournalist approach. There will always be natural smiles, natural movements and plenty of opportunities for cracking photos, but you have to be patient with this approach, and it takes time to perfect.

Events Photography – Avoiding Amateur Mishaps

There are certain mishaps that can occur when you’re starting out as an events photographer but it’s important to make sure you’re prepared, so you can handle any disasters that may occur. Making sure you have the right equipment can mean you don’t run into any issues and below are four important pieces of gear you should always have as an events photographer.

A spare battery or two

You never know when you’re battery is going to go, and you may find that it’s draining relatively quickly. If this happened you’ll have another, and it won’t be an issue but just make sure they’re fully charged.

A backup camera

That’s right, cameras can break at any time, and they’re more likely to break when you’re using it, so a backup camera can ensure you still manage to get a good number of photos.

A flash gun

The camera flash is not built for really dark situations and in the evening when darkness can become an issue it’s important to make sure you have a flashgun that can bring a burst of brightness.

Extra memory cards

Depending on the image settings you may find that your memory card has suddenly ran out of space. That’s no excuse and you should always make sure you have plenty of memory cards for 1000’s of images. You can buy 1 terabyte memory cards these days and the more high capacity cards you have the better.