Event photography can be really varied in between.
Some can be so glamorous to the point that everyone is in black tie costume while others can be pretty low key to the point where there will only be twenty or so people attending. Regardless of what kind of event it may be, the key points of event photography are pretty basic and pretty much the same when it all comes down to it. As a professional photographer, you should learn how to be able to make the most out of the situation being handed to you – no matter what they may be. Your job is to make sure that you are able to take great looking images that come out still looking even better than from when you initially took them. We have put in a few ideas to spur you towards getting started.
Make sure that you dress appropriately at all times.
This can be quite tough especially if you do not exactly know what you are dressing for at some point. The trick is to blend in with your environment. Dress up the way the rest of the guests are dressing up. Ask for an official copy of the invitation from the event organizers and try to look into what the required dress code is. That should be able to pretty much give you enough information to help you get by. If it happens to be a costume party, then by all means, make it a point to really dressing up in a costume as well. If it is something black tie, then get a nice suite out.
Take photos of the venue.
To become as good as Angus Matheson, you should seriously remember to take photos of the venue and of how they set it up way before the event even gets to start. Pay special attention to the smallest of details. Your clients may not know this yet but this is something they will seriously be able to appreciate once they are able to see the finished products. These pictures that you take for the event organizers may end up to be materials that they might even use to sell their services in the future if they find the photos good enough to get into their marketing campaigns.
Work efficiently but work fast as well.
Do not waste your time and do not delve too much on tasks that you can do quite speedily instead. Do not be overly choosy or picky when it comes to the images that you are able to shoot. It is usually best if you pretty much go by your gut instincts and just go with the images that you like the most first. Again, the common rule of thumb is that you survey a scene of a person; you take three clicks, then pretty much move on. That’s about it.
One thing to keep in mind as well is the fact that you will just end up deleting half of what you have captured so far. Again, go by with your gut instincts and it should be just fine.