One of my favorite things to try to photograph is an event. It’s a challenge to capture every aspect of the day and keep the resulting photos fresh from one frame to the next. I’ve come home from an event with a memory card full of photos that all look-alike; yuck that’s not very exciting.
I thought I would take some time today to share a few of my tips for covering an event and along the way share a few photos from one of my favorite events to photograph; the RC plane Fun Fly. These photos are from several different events held by a local group nicknamed The Flying Misfits.
1) Look over the event, learn as much as you can about what is going on, try to become part of the activities, and then step back and observe. People with cameras are everywhere so start thinking outside the box to make your shots stand out.
2) Capture the subtleties of the day, little details that help to tell the story but are often overlooked.
3) Where is the event taking place? Including the landscape surrounding the event can fill in a lot of information missing from those close-up shots.
4) Find the individual personalities of those who are participating. Capture those expressions of fun and enjoyment or find that look of concentration.
5) Change your viewpoint. Move around as much as you can to find a new perspective; get down low and point your camera upwards, or stand up tall and look down.
6) Include the spectators; sometimes their reactions tell just as much about what is going on as the action photos themselves.
7) Detail the action and create motion with slow shutter speeds, panning, zooming, or shooting with a wide-angle. Even the composition can tell the story of how fast or slow something was moving by.
8) Cover the whole scene. Don’t get so bogged own on the small details and the action that you forget to look around.
9) Always be ready for anything!