The most common events that you would be documenting when you’re into photography would be your family events, Groups and weddings. Creating memorable wedding and family event photos aren’t difficult, as long as it’s planned and organized accordingly. Here are some tips to get you going:
1. Be well-prepared.
Draw up a check list of all the equipment you’ll be using. Also, charge your batteries, check your memory cards, tripods, and everything else. Make sure everything works well. Do your preparations a few days before D-day so you’ll have time to fix any worst-case-scenarios.
2. Arrive early.
It’s best for photographers to scout out the venue and take test shots before the big event. This lets you set your camera accordingly and decide on what equipment you’ll need. Arriving early also lets you discover the lighting condition of the location when the crowd hasn’t arrived. If it’s an indoor venue you can then decide if you’ll need additional lighting, or if outdoor, if you’ll need to carry reflectors.
3.Find a partner.
Make it easy on yourself and work with a partner. You’ll get twice the documentation coverage.
4. Bird’s eye view angle.
Photographing groups may get problematic, especially when there are many people in the frame. For conditions like these, find a spot where you can photograph at a high angle (bird’s eye view). If there aren’t any good spot, have a ladder handy.
5. Don’t forget freestyles.
When photographing groups, make two versions of photos. Have them pose in a formal fashion first, then for the second, have a fun freestyle pose shot. Though it serves its purpose, formal shots can look boring and stiff. Convey the fun of the event by having them pose freely. Count to three and shoot them at whatever crazy pose they’re in.
6. Make a list of people that must be photographed.
Events like a wedding or a baby shower are mostly a once-in-a-lifetime thing. Don’t miss recording memories of those most important to the event. Make a list, and be sure to spot them and document them in the event procession.