Monday, December 14, 2015

Photographing Events

Tis the season for getting together at family gatherings, office parties or hanging with friends.  I think the best part of those parties is being able to look at the pictures the next day and years later.

How do you capture all those wonderful memories? Run around the event with a camera or your phone snapping photos.  Well that's one way to get the pictures but I've got a few tips to try to make your event more enjoyable and keep you from running around like I use to.

The approach to take depends on the size of group.

If its a small group, like a family gathering, its a lot easier to spend more time taking pictures because everyone is probably staying in a close space.  So keep the camera or phone out the whole night and just keep snapping.

For large crowds, say a work party, I take some time to socialize which also gives guests a chance to settle in and maybe have a couple of drinks.  Once you've done that spend a couple of hours taking photos. Of course if you're not in the mood to try to capture everyone at the party there's always the option of hiring a photographer (like me).

Here are a few more tips for pictures at events:
  • Keep an eye on the amount of light on the people
  • As always watch light poles (or similar type of things) coming out of peoples heads
  • If you miss a shot ask the people to do it again and be ready the second time
  • Use the zoom for large crowds to get in close without being in their space
  • If you just don't want to worry about it there is always the option of hiring a photographer to take care of your photography needs
The important part of taking pictures for your event is to also have fun yourself.

Do you have tips for how you get the best pictures at your events? Share them with us!