Photographing Events /by Paul Keeling
Living in Tralee has its ups and downs.
One of its downs is that it is about as far away from Dublin as you can possibly get,but one of its ups is the Annual Rose of Tralee International Festival.
Last year I got the opportunity to photograph the Rose of Tralee.
The festival was buzzing with events to suit all tastes, and believe me it was aglow with photo opportunities. So, with the festival in mind ,here are a few tips to help you when photographing events.
1)Get close to the action The best photographs of an event are the ones taken up close. If you are photographing a concert ,get there early. Get as close to the stage as possible, or you could end up with more photos of people’s hairlines than of the performers!!
2)Know your camera Photographing an event is about capturing the moment.Before you go out read your manual. Get to know your camera. That way ,when that all important Golden moment(that all photographers dream about!!!!!)comes your way,you are not there fiddling with your controls so much so that you miss it.
3)Travel light It’s no good going to a crowded event ,like for example The Rose Festival with a travel suitcase full of 101 lenses ,tripods ,monopods, off camera flashes etc .Gauge the lens you need. If you can get away with one lens then brilliant, if not, carry a 2nd in a small camera bag. If you need something to stabilise your camera ,use a monopod instead of a tripod…..Much lighter and very handy for sports shots. Travelling light makes it very easy to move through crowds and get your dream shot.
4)Prepare well Before you go out taking shots at your event ,make sure your batteries are charged ,and that you have spares. Also carry a couple of spare cards with you. There is nothing worse than finding yourself on the brink of making photography history with the image of a lifetime and finding that your card is full or your battery is dead, and you haven’t got spares.
5)Get it right first time After the picture comes the editing .Before you take your photograph, get the composition right in camera. Many cameras nowadays have a grid that can be displayed on the viewfinder ,with 9 squares,3 rows of 3.This is a compositional aid, and can help you compose your pictures before you take them. If you get your shot right first time, then it means less time in the digital darkroom.Less time in the digital darkroom means less work for you and it means that people can appreciate your images of the event while it is still fresh in their minds.
Can’t wait until this year’s Rose!!Happy snapping!!
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