Saturday, February 27, 2010

Event Photography too

Attended another event last wed with my gal gal. It was a concert where the UM students write, compose and sing their own song, in Chinese of course. Didn't plan to take photo initially, but my hands are itchy and can't stand the complex lighting of the stage thus I went and grabbed my gear, my dear EOS1000D.. Hehe..

Just something to add on to the previous post:

  1. Prime lenses have their advantage in event shooting too.
  2. Be brave and step forward.
  3. Be as invicible as possible.
As mentioned in the post of shutter and aperture, bigger aperture(smaller F values) does reduce shutter lag and thus reducing the blurness caused by motion. During the event, I spoke to another female photographer who also took photo of the event last year. She is using the same camera model as mine, and kit lens last year. This year she is using prime lense (50mm F1.8) instead. Her comment is, using prime lens really helps a lot.
(Sorry but this is a tip for DSLR users. DC and prosumer just can't change lens)
(Just for information, prime lenses are a group of lenses where the focal length is fixed, meaning they can't zoom like zoom lens which can zoom. Prime lens normally have a bigger aperture than zoom lens.)
(Looks like I must own a prime lens soon..)

Be brave and step forward.
If you really wanted to shoot event photographys, getting close is very important. When you go closer, there is more light. More light means shorter shutter speed. And you can focus on each expressions of the performers.

Be as invisible as possible.
This is a reminder from my gal gal. She complaints that I moved too much during the event. This caused a disturbance to not only her, but also the audience around us. I was keep on moving to-and-fro from my seats and the stage and this will affect the audience's attention to the event. What she said is correct. I haven't thought of others feeling when I am enjoying my shooting. They have also paid for the event and they have their rights to enjoy the show without being interference. She suggested to me that I can either stay out taking photo for the whole event, or just sit and enjoy the show. If I choose to take photo, don't move too much too as this might catch the attention of audience from the performance. If I come for the show, just enjoy the show and stop thinking about photography.
Respect your companion too, as they accompany you to the show, not the shooting.

Not much to share, just wanna put the photo of a bassist I know.

And a discussion here:
How can I avoid overexposure on the face of the performers if lights are directly shot onto them?


  1. this photo of cloud fly is nice holistically...

  2. hi,jz drop by and let u guys know i'm the female photographer he mentioned on top there..=b

    feel free 2 come n hav a look at those pictures i'd shoot yo..i post it at facebook's the link :!/album.php?aid=154070&id=567402744

  3. hehe.. nice photo u haf there..

  4. i attended the event too.
    i think i saw you...
    i took few photos of my friend only. you probably notice 2 guys shot with flash at the dancing part.... i was one of them...

  5. Respect your companion too, as they accompany you to the show, not the shooting.

    I like the quote as I found it very true indeed!


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