How many of you have found yourself agreeing to photograph an event only to wonder later, 'what have I gotten myself into?'
I understand Geysah's question as well as her dilemma. In this Ask Lyn, I run through the planning questions I ask before photographing an event.
Listen to the response
Here's what I'd try to find out
What kind of event is it?
- Awards? Grip and grin?
- Networking / party?
What kind of access will I have?
- How close can I get to the action?
- Can I move people around?
- Will I have access to the participants after the event?
Where's the light?
- Will it be indoors?
- Will flash be allowed?
- Do you have a fast lens?
- Will it be outdoors? What time of day? Where will the sun be?
Who are the VIPS? Must have photos?
- Who are the awardees or guests of honor?
- Who is the principal or person in charge?
- Any other influential people who need to be photographed?
How will you use the photos?
- In print?
- For your marketing?
What are the deliverables and when?
- Low res images?
- Hi res images?
Who will get model releases?
- Event host?
May I use the photos in my portfolio?
Will I receive photographer's credit when the organization uses them?
Is there anyone else photographing the event?
- Can I coordinate with them?
- Is there a lead photographer?
Will others be able to purchase prints from me?
- If so, can we limit competing photographers?
- Will you add my contact info to the program or make an announcement?
- Medium zoom telephoto
- Fast prime
- Flash - speed light
- White card
- Tripod / monopod
- Back-up (extra batteries, second camera body, extra lenses)
Choose your subject
- Clear ID - two eyes, two hands
- Find the verb - what are they doing?
- Capture the height of the action
- Capture the height of the emotion
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