5 Tips for Event Photography Lighting
Event photography has its many perks. First, as a photographer that specializes in this domain, you get the luxury of traveling to many different locations to take photographs. Second, you have the opportunity to meet many different people while you are on location. And third, it is just plain fun. Unlike other domains in photography, as a photographer in events, you still need to spend time setting up your lighting and making sure that the lighting for the day or evening is adequate for the types of photographs your client expects you to produce. Here are several tips on how to setup lighting to take some fantastic photographs.
Tip 1 - Bring Soft Light
At most events you will need to use soft light. Soft light will give you an ability to take a wide range of photographs and know that you will reduce the amount of visible shadows that display in your complete photographs. Direct and harsh light, as a contrast, will only create deep dark shadows and will take away from the finished product of your photograph.
Tip 2 - Have Your Flash Ready
On location you usually do not have the ability to set up big lights and lamps at the event. You will need to depend a great deal on the types of backgrounds available to you at the event. Make sure your flash is ready on your camera. To expose additional light to your photograph, try to bounce the flash off of a background or a back drop. Make sure the background is a solid color. In fact, it usually helps to bounce the flash off a white background (wall or ceiling). You will notice a marked differencein your photographs by using this technique.
Tip 3 - Rely on Natural Light
Whenever possible, rely on the natural daylight or sunlight, especially if the event is during the day and is situated outdoors. Natural light provides the best possible results for a photograph.
Tip 4 - Use Colored Lights
If you are attending an event that is filled with mood and drama, you may want to bring along a few colored lights with you in your camera bag. The colored lights will help to create a sense of drama and display the energy and the enthusiasm at the event.
Tip 5 - Test, Test, Test
Every event is different and every location has different unique aspects that you will not find across many locations. So, in order to setup a picture perfect lighting schema for your event, you will need to spend some time doing some homework on the location and testing out your camera and your lighting. As an event photographer you should always arrive to the event early or even a day ahead of schedule just to get an idea of how the event will be laid out so that you can take the best photos possible.