Any tips for shooting an event?

Started Dec 3, 2012 | Discussions thread
Chas P
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Re: Any tips for shooting an event?
In reply to SFzip, Dec 4, 2012

Those Cheetah stands look brilliant - perfect for property shoots too, I hate having to collapse two stands to move rooms. It's just my opinion, but I wouldn't be using a stand in a tight space with important clients who are drinking cocktails though.

OP, I would highly recommend doing some tests at home with yr camera on a tripod. Shoot yourself with and without a bounce card and check for panda eyes vs catchlights. Remote lights need very careful placement so as not to pi$$ off anyone near them.

What insurance do you have?

I wonder if the OP will come back. I have to say I find it bloody strange that someone can come on here and ask for advice then never be seen again. I'm sure that won't happen in this case as it's still early days, but it does seem to happen a fair bit. Lots of regulars giving great if sometimes conflicting advice. Make it a conversation, please! Looking at the OP's history, maybe he hasn't been having a very positive experience here..

SFzip is right about raising the ISO and stopping down if  you really need the DOF. If I'm shooting an event with fast primes I make the groups - sure, occasionally someone will add themselves to a filled frame, but I tell them I can't fit them in and shoot them separately.

I find a laptop bag useful for carrying lenses and flashes in, for easy access. They tend to be less bulky than camera bags and easier to get into than belt pouches.

The technical side of it amounts to about 20% of the gig, IMO. It's all about people management.

Did I mention insurance?

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