OK, you aren’t a professional photographer, but you are attending some big event and want to remember the evening without light glares, out-of-focus faces, or dispersed focus. To avoid these mistakes and get great photos from that memorable party, Colorado Party Rentals gives the following four tips from the pros on how to take better photos.
1. Capture The Story
Every event is a story of itself. The beginning, or preparation, the middle, and the end. Take photos of empty chairs and the set up before guests arrive. During the event, take as many photos as you can. Set your camera on burst mode, try to capture the progression of people’s laughs, their moves, and the atmosphere of the event. These shots are the best way to capture the emotion of an event. Photograph smaller groups of people, mingle, and draw individuals out through conversation!
2. Experiment With Perspectives
To capture the truly unique photos, take pictures from out of the ordinary locations and angles. Get the shot of a venue through trees, or take great portraits by using the a bird’s point of view, which means you need to get up high and shoot downward. This trick also helps improve the lighting and remove flare. Use what is around you and view the world through a different perspectives. For example, how would a child see the party?
3. Kill The Flash Whenever Possible
What you definitely don’t want is a bunch of canned, staged shots. The best photos are candid, when you catch people at their natural, most free moment. When people see a camera pointed in their direction, or a flash goes off in their face, the reaction you get is not going to be a spontaneous candid shot. Whenever possible, shoot without the flash. In lower light, decrease your ISO setting, open up your aperture and use faster lens speed. This will help you blend in a little better to capture that once in a lifetime photo!
4. Frame Images and Bring Objects to Focus
To get a great candid shot of an individual, use the foreground to frame the person you wish to capture. For instance, taking a shot behind someone’s shoulder, or allowing overhanging tree branches to grace the edges, or taking a shot through a doorway would all allow a foreground image to frame an object and bring it into focus.
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All photos by photographer Fran Menez, used with the artists’ permission.