Dec 23 2011
If a beginner you should take many shots, so it is easy to guarantee the end result of the photographs. Experiment: Alter your camera settings, distinct lighting, distinct camera angles. Try to find which works best for you.
If you are shooting family or friends then insurance may not be a issue. If you are a part time then insurance is required. If you were to have a issue and a person was hurt by something you might have done or even from tripping on your tripod leg you could be in big financial risk. You need insurance to protect your savings. Liability is a few hundred per year and is easy to get. You can apply as an individual or as part of a trade organization. You also really need what amy call malpractice coverage. This is errors and omissions which covers just what the name implies. It cover mistakes you might make like missing a required image or poor exposure and even out of focus shots. It also takes care of damaged memory cards that cannot be recovered, lost or stolen cards or recovery of images that fell victum to a corrupt hard drive. It even takes over if you are in an accident and can't photograph the contracted convention.My fear is walking to the car after the event and having my cameras taken. This means no back-up and no images. Sure I have insurance to replace my equipment but E&O coverage will cover the stolen images. I can guarantee that you will have a equipment failure if you do several event shoots a year. The question is not if it will happen, but when it will happen. You may thing so what, I will simply refund the amount I charged. Well thing again. Your Client may have paid tens of thousands for that event and have contracts to deliver advertising images and promotion images. Someone needs to cover the cost to replace or re-create the missing images.
If you are taking a picture of a group indoors, and conditions are fairly dark, there is danger that the people near you will be overexposed and the people further away will be a little in under exposed. If you can arrange the group so that they are all the same distance from the camera. That way there will be an even spread of light.This is very common in event and convention photography.
Avoid direct sunlight. A bright but overcast day is perfect. Get up early and shoot at sunrise or before sunset, not mid day. Scout the area the day before. During midday if you have to shoot, stay out of direct sun. If you are shooting indoors at a event or convention be sure to balance the room light and flash. For example when doing a San Antonio convention photography job the client wanted portraits facing a large window so we it was good we always keep extra lighting to offset the bright window.
Look for ways of naturally framing a shot. Framing accentuates the main subject. Fill your frame is the common rule but if you want to fit a print into a standard size photo frame then the rule is, allow room to crop.
- Understand Your Camera
- Understand The ISO Numbers
- Understand The F Stop Function
- On Camera Flash
- Use A Tripod
Move in close. When first starting out you will be amazed at the difference moving closer to the focal point will make. Hand held close-ups can beblurry if strobe is not used in low light. A tripod is essential for taking good close-up shots, especially smaller items. An image stabilizer in the lens is a big bonus because it means you can handhold the camera in lower light conditions and not have blur occur in the final picture.