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Best Camera Settings for Event Photography
I’ve found that switching the camera to burst mode and continuous focus works best for event photography. The burst setting is a must-have when guests are moving about quickly. Continuous focus has different names depending on the camera brand (AI Servo for Canon users or AF-C for Nikon users).
It allows your camera to lock at your subject and follow it around as it moves. Camera settings also play a role in your style, or the style that the client wants.
How to Manage Your Client’s Expectations and Needs
This is a fundamental skill for all professional photographers. Having an open dialogue between yourself and your client is key to getting the best shots. You need to ask your clients important questions such as these:
What event is this?
What kind of images do you want from this event? Are you looking for headshots?
What are the most important moments?
What style of photography do you like?
What do you not like?
No one wants a disappointing event photography shoot because there was miscommunication. By speaking to your client, you can make sure that your client is well aware of the limits of the photo session. Make sure that they understand what to expect from your services. If your client has hired an event organizer, speak to them about expectations.
A Shot List Will Help You Capture Those Key Photos
A shot list is a checklist of the images you want to capture during a shoot. Whether it is a birthday party or an industry mixer, a shot list can help you and your client organise better. Your client will know what to expect from you, and you’ll know what to provide. You can make sure that your client is well aware of the limits of the photo session. And that they understand what to expect from your services. The shot list also acts as on-paper proof. Your client can’t claim that you missed a shot that wasn’t disclosed to you. A shot list ensures that no critical images are missing from your photo shoot. Nothing is worse than not capturing a photograph that your client really, really wanted. Ask the event organizer for help here, if there is one. They can point out the key attendees for corporate event photos, for example. Or the key people at a high school reunion event. All of this being said, really do be diligent about key moments. The thing about events is, they only happen once!
Watch Out for Candid Opportunities
The formal shots are necessary for events (especially for birthday and wedding photography). But don’t forget about candid moments, which can lead to equally beautiful photos. Candid moments express personality and vibrancy. Oftentimes, candid photographs are the ones your clients will cherish the most. But not all candids are equal. Try to avoid unflattering candid moments such as someone chewing food or making a bad face. I can promise that those images will not be appreciated.
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