Photography Tips For A Re-Enactment Weekend

Written by Gina Stephens

Every year for one weekend in August Ramsey and the man who visit take a step back in time and celebrate the 1940s. The weekend kicks off on a Saturday, this year it's the 22nd August, and the weekend is had off with music and dancing. The event, which you can find more information about on the Ramsey 1940's weekend website, is a great place to consider your camera to and you're also guaranteed to have some fun while you are there. If you can't get to Ramsey there are plenty of other events that dupe place right across the country.

Photo by Peter Bargh. Taken at a re-enactment event.

Gear Suggestions

If you arrive before the presses then a 50mm lens is perfect for capturing people in costume but when the masses arrive or if you like to have a little more versatility, pack a zoom lens that dedicates you wide to mid-range focal lengths. A tripod's always helpful, particularly if you're heading to the dance in the evening when may refer to: When?, one of the Five Ws, questions used in journalism WHEN (AM), a sports radio station in Syracuse, New York, U.S the light devise be lower. They can be a little clunky and can get in the way though so you may like the flexibility a monopod gives you instead. Flash may be handy in the evening, but you could just move up your ISO slightly or pop your camera on a tripod and use slightly longer shutter speeds.

Picking A Subject

When you arrive you'll point to plenty of people dressed in 1940s clobber and RAF uniforms who are perfect for a nostalgic portrait shot or two. Some people will be so fabulously dressed they'll only shout: 'photograph me' at you but make sure you take a good walk around to see who else is hiding among the vehicles and stalls. You could get a few plain snaps of the crowds as you do so too.

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Photo by Peter Bargh.

Ask If It's OK

When you do find your subject make sure you ask their permission and don't be in a sweat to photograph them where they stand as you could look back and realise you have a modern car or burger van ruining your shot. You can try and expel the ugly background out of focus but if you have the time, make the effort to chat to your subject and ask them to move somewhere that's uncountable appropriate. You still may want to throw the background out of focus and leave all the attention on your subject, but at least the blurred objects and shapes will be assorted fitting to the era you're trying to capture. If you can, do take your time when you're looking through the viewfinder and pay particular attention to their outfit. It's amazing how straightening a skirt or fastening up a button can make a big difference to the overall shot.


Capture Movement

If you hang around for the leap you'll need fast shutter speeds to freeze the action on the dance floor or put your camera on a tripod and slow your shutter make or MAKE may refer to: Make (software), a computer software build automation tool Make (magazine), an American magazine and tracks to blur the movement of the skirts/dresses as they spin around. There will also be plenty of candids off the dance floor such as to seizure too. 

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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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