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Photographers block

This is a touchy subject, “photographers block” or rather I should say blocking the photographers view.

It does happen, but when it’s the mere mortals who have paid to attend the show who are getting in the way of the official photographer…. not to mention they are using giant IPads or a mobile phone tut-tut.

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Acknowledgement -blocking the photographers view

If I paid to go and see an event the last thing I would be doing is photographing it. Enjoy the atmosphere the live sensation. To be fair I can’t remember the last time I saw a show which wasn’t through the eyecup on my Canon DSLR.

You get the idea, however this isn’t a rant it’s how to “embrace” the situation. My series on common issues faced by photographers the other was Low Light – Fashion Catwalk Shows read that one here

I made a recent “block” at my recent Asiana 2015 Catwalk into an image of its own right and even a blog post #OhYeah #GoMe

here goes, there is a four step process to follow to overcome the “block” without losing you shit. (excuse the expression)

  1. Acknowledgement – You are blocked, give them a chance “Excuse me”
  2. Repetition – They are a persistent offender “Hellooo”
  3. Embrace – Make the best of the situation “No comment”
  4. Success – You have unique view of the show “Oh Yeah”
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Repetition – Another Block

 

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Embrace – Make the best of the situation

 

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Success – You have unique view of the show

Photos: Zulfphotography

Event: Asiana Bridal Show Feb 2015

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Event Photography – Tips

Event photography can be a big challenge for photographers but if you approach it in the right way your talent will sparkle.

Commercial clients often require this type of coverage to effectively record significant events. You will be under an element of pressure from the client to document the highest level of quality while boosting their public persona.

Corporate coverage is a speciality, with years of expertise providing indoor and outdoor coverage here are our key tips to keep in mind

  • Identify
  • Homework
  • Prepare
  • Cover it
  • Seek variety
  • Windown

Identify

Make sure you know what the client needs, you should know what the desired outcome of the shoot is and be sure to deliver effectively.ZulfPhotography-Eid Mela2014-Lord Mayor

Homework
Check out the location before the shoot and know the schedule. Make sure you know the timings of the particular sections you’re shooting taking note of any opportunities for delay. There’s a big difference between photographing a wedding and shooting a function or corporate event.

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Prepare
Prepare with adequate memory for your cameras and stack up on a quick energy snack. Consider the gear you need and how this will affect your flexibility. If your best shots are going to be from a distance, be sure to pack the right length lenses too.

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Cover It
Get establishing shots at any large gathering you should capture some images that give your audience an overall feel for the event. In contrast with the establishing shot, find faces that communicate the feeling and excitement of the event.

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There are times when the events only come along once, and for those special moments, it may be worth considering a second cameraperson. If you’re confident in your own abilities, you may be able to cover it yourself.

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Seek variety
Be sure to get some detail shots with a good mix of people in them as well as the relative size of people in the frame. The more variety you have, the easier to create interesting layouts later — whether for editorial publications, corporate brochures or wedding albums.

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Wind down 
Check all your equipment at the end of a shoot and pack up the memory cards, batteries, lenses, flashes. Make sure to have a debrief with the organiser/client. Communication is key, let them know when to expect the final product be clear with times and final completion dates.

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Ultimately, it comes down to being prepared and professional.

Good Luck