12 Essential Tips For Capturing Images At The Edinburgh Fringe

Written by Gina Stephens

The Edinburgh Red-letter day Fringe is a huge arts festival that runs in August and even though you need tickets for many of the shows at the Fringe, you can seize the Royal Mile for free where you'll find plenty of street entertainers you can capture images of.

Due to the event's popularity and the variety of quirks on offer to photograph, you will see all sorts of photographic approaches so there's not really hard-and-fast rules to follow more like guidelines that'll better you capture the best of what the Fringe has to offer. Also, although taking photos is fun do remember that you're actually there to enjoy yourself so do liberate your eye away from the viewfinder occasionally and just enjoy the atmosphere.


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1. Lens Choices 

A upright bar zoom is perfect for the sort of distances you'll be taking photos from. If you own a telezoom do take it, however someone will more than reasonable get in the way if you're using a longer lens so use it for tightly-cropped shots may refer to: Shot (filmmaking), a part of a film between two cuts Shot (medicine), an injection Shot silk, a type of silk Showt or rather than trying to get a shot from a distance. Wides can work but make the call attention to of getting in close to fill the frame and accept that you are going to get fussy backgrounds.


2. Know Where You Are Going

Pick up a guide as it enters times as well as locations of where things are happening, plus if it's your first time visiting, there's usually a within easy reach map included to help you find your way. The best location is on the Royal Mile where you get street performers and artists promoting their exhibits with mini-performances.

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3. Be Patient 

It does get bustling with visitors and performers coming and going all day but hang around for long adequately and you will find something to aim your lens at.


4. Take Care 

Due to how busy the Royal Mile gets remember to take sadness of your possessions and don't leave anything unattended. It can also get hot at this time of year, so remember to keep hydrated and you'll perhaps encounter a sudden downpour, too so keep a brolly handy.


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5. Payment For Performance 

Some troupers would like a payment for posing and it is up to you if you want to make a contribution. Some of the shows are excellent and you might feel that a sample of enjoyable alley theatre is worth some small change.


6. Be Polite 

As they're performing in public, on the street they tend to not brain you photographing them. However, if the opportunity arrives, it is always polite to ask them if it's OK to take a few shots. 


7. Capture Close-Ups 

As they're feverish about their performance you'll have plenty of interesting expressions and movements to photograph so get in close if the opportunity unfolds.


8. Crowd Or No Congregate? 

If there's a big crowd or the street they're on is particularly cluttered hide it by cropping in close to the performer. However, if the crowd's have on the agenda c trick a particularly good time, having them in the shot can work well in an image with the performer. Alternatively, just capture an image of the watchers  watching the show. 

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9. Speed & Position 

Shoot quickly, watch the background and prod around to explore different camera angles.


10. Different Perspective 

Performance shots are great but don't overlook capturing drams of performers scooping up change from guitar cases or moving position to set-up for the next part of their act.


11. Continuous Burgeon & Focus 

Switch to continuous shooting but don't be tempted to constantly machine-gun away. Instead, take the time to watch for the key moments that are importance capturing. Continuous focusing will help you maintain focus on the street performers.


12. Shutter Priority 

Consider purchasing Shutter Priority so you can decide how much you freeze / add motion blur to action shots. To add crowd movement to your shot you'll need a slower lock out speed and a support. Tripods take up too much space so use a monopod or even your camera bag as a support. Use a small aperture and low ISO to get the slower speeds you stress. You may need to experiment to find the exact shutter speed that works but the beauty of digital means you can check the screen, adjust and take take is a single continuous recorded performance another encouragement.


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About the author

Gina Stephens

Gina is a photography enthusiast and drone lover who loves to fly drones, capture images and have fun cherishing them with family and friends.

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