Always have more than just one camera in tow
Again, we say this over and over again time and time again but we feel as if this is still not being reiterated enough just yet – you need more than just one camera when covering event photography gigs. It would perhaps even be fair to say that you need quite an army of cameras particularly if it’s a really huge event. These things don’t come cheap but if you get to play your cards right and if you are able to thrive in the niche market of event photography, these investments will double, triple and even quadruple the initial amount of money you have put in for the equipment.
Assemble a team to help you out when covering event photography gigs
Again, events that have a budget that is big enough to allot some money to hire out professional event photographers should already tell you right off the bat that they’re pretty big and going in solo or with just one other person just won’t cut it. You will need a fully functioning team of three or more people. Go through the things that are required of you in the contract again and make sure that you are able to satisfy all avenues. You are dealing with veritable professionals in these events and it should be just fair that you bring in you’re A game in all this as well. Plus, a team provides you with the necessary safety net in order for you to be able to mitigate all the possible risks that may suddenly pop up.
Collect an assortment of lenses so you have variety in your shots
Different kinds of lenses provide you with different kinds of perspectives that will ultimately deliver different kinds of results. You owe it to yourself and to your clients to make sure that you are able to thrive in all that artistic capabilities by investing in a good assortment of lenses that will make you do your job beautifully.
Learn how to professionally touch up the photos post shoot
The amount of work that goes in the post shoot processing is just as tedious and just as technically and artistically challenging as the amount of work that goes in the actual filming process itself. You need to make sure that you are not lacking in any of those departments by all means. Take some classes. Get yourself trained. You can even teach yourself if you have the knack for that. The point is, you need to learn it and you need to be able to do it in order for you to complete the event photography job package.
Always scout the location before the event day itself.
Expert event photographers always scout the venues ahead of time. It’s both out of novelty and practicality. You get to seep in the vibes of the place and at the same time get practice shots so that you are better acquainted with it the moment the actual event rolls in.