Taking photos at parties, or any social event for that matter, can be trick. But with the right techniques in mind, you can come with wonderful photos everybody will love.
Know what you are going to shoot before shoot it. Before you even leave the house, visualize what shots you want to take. Seems like overkill, but if you only get a few seconds chance to capture a bride walking down the aisle or a few one hundredths of a second to catch a speeding bobsled on the track, so you have to make your shots count.
Capture the story of the event. Every event has a beginning, middle, and end. Try to capture the entire story of the event. Take pictures of the empty venue and snap shots as people arrive. Show the full scale of the event. During the main event, set your camera to burst mode and shoot as many shots as you can. Bring a lot amount of memory cards. Never let space dictate how many shots you should take.
Use props. This is always fun. People seem to love this and it often brings the party together. In my experience, props can be anything from a hat, funky glasses or a fake mustache.
Be ready for candid shots. Candid shots in social events are tricky to capture because bringing a camera into a scene automatically changes peoples’ behaviors and how they conduct themselves. So, it becomes hard to get good, honest, candid moments. This is especially true in environments where people are aware that there’s someone taking photos.
Are you looking into buying a new camera for an upcoming event that you will cover? If you already have the money, don’t rush to the nearest shop just yet. Read first these insights that can help you purchase the best camera for your photo snapping needs.
1) Check on the multiple interchangeable lenses whether they could fit on the new models. This can allow you to save a lot of money. There are some brands though which do not permit the use of these lenses in their product line especially if it is manufactured by another company. This is why sometimes it is best to buy a digital SLR that belongs to the same brand as your first-owned camera.
2) Check on the resolution in megapixels. This comes in handy when saving digital photo files in your computer. Megapixels between six to eight would do well for a regular use. Should you want your images enlarged, such megapixels can produce quality ones up to 11 X 14. Higher resolution capability will allow you to have clearer and sharper photos.
3) Do you use fill flash when shooting outdoors? If yes, it is wise for you to look for cameras that feature very fast flash sync. A speed of 1/500 second will be best. Take note, speed below 1/250 second will do you good only for indoor shots. Moreover, you need to keenly observe how easy your image control would be when using your prospect equipment. In here, check the LCD screen for brightness and visibility both indoors and outdoors. Does it give you a hard time when shooting outside? Additionally, ensure that the viewfinder itself gives you a bright, clear image under all types of lighting. This is important for the easy manipulation of the camera settings at all times.
4) When it comes to producing clear close-up shots, a reliable mirror lockup feature is essential. This lets you lock the mirror up out of the way before taking the photo. It also lessens the camera shake that is indispensable when the mirror flips up out of the way and then lands back into position again. This explains the presence of blurry and unfocused images that are shot in close distance.
5) Finally, do consider the size and weight of the camera. Is it comfortable to be worn wherever your shooting takes you? As to the size, see whether the camera body holds controls that are easy to manipulate. Can your fingers maneuver the knobs without difficulty? For one, photographers with large fingers often have troubles with small-sized digital SLRs.