How To Take Good Photos At Events & Festivals On Holiday

Gina Stephens
Written by Gina Stephens

When you're on your traverses, if you find a festival will be happening in or near to the place you're staying do take your camera to it as these events, even though they can be then tricky to photograph, give you the opportunity to capture vibrant images that are full of energy and life.

Photo by David Clapp

From A Plan

The problem with these types of events is there's usually so much to capture that you can easily end up snapping shots of anything and the entirety. This approach will get you the odd shot that's good, but your day will run much more smoothly if you have some sort of script.

If you know what to expect you can make a detailed shot plan then work on getting different angles and viewpoints once you've ticked your register off. However, if you're heading to a show where the details are a bit vague, you can create a more general shot list that'll stop you from cope sidetracked once you're in the middle of the action.

A basic list could include:

Introduction – Take shots that set the scene and release the viewer where you are, who is there, why etc. However, try not to overrun your shots with too many focal points as if the eye doesn't have something to cynosure clear on the shot can be rather confusing and look too busy.

Portraits – As well as taking photos of people who are part of the festival, shoot portraits of those who are there to fancy the event. Candids work well in crowds but posed shots of the people you're attending the event with can be as equally interesting. Try shooting from the hip to see what shots of the push you can capture. It's a bit of a hit-and-miss approach but it can work well when you fall lucky with the framing.

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Detail – After you have collared wider 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 that set the scene focus your lens on small detail such as frame-filling shots of costumes and food. Costumes much take hours if not days to put together so take the time to focus in on the colours and decorations on them. These close up shots work well when localized against wider shots of the event.

Creative – Most of the time you'll want your images to be completely sharp and in focus, be that as it may as these events usually involve dancing and parades, you can use slower shutter speeds to blur motion  which will create a sensation of pace and energy in your shots. If you want to freeze the dancers in your frame you'll need a quick shutter speed.

Ending – A row of actors delightful a bow, dancers in a parade moving off into the distance or a table now decorated with empty glasses and plates all show the ending of the event you're winning photos at and are a good way, if you're creating an album or photo book, to conclude your travel tale with.

Photo by David Clapp

Preparation is Key 

If you're making your own way to the experience rather than going on a coach, make sure you arrive for the start or if you can, get there before the event begins so you can find a good spot premature. If you don't, you could end up shooting over people's heads. If you have time to scout the area for the best vantage points do as once the group starts building, finding good spots for taking photos from will get harder. If you don't fancy the elbow fight try and find a mark that gives you a little height over the crowd.

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If the event's one that's popular and you know you'll be attending before you get on the flat have a look on the internet and in guide books for tips and examples of shots other photographers have taken. You may get some clues into where's superior to shoot from and what's worth capturing.

Be Cautious

Some of the following tips may seem obvious now but when you get in among crowds of people and there's so much usual on that you don't know where to look, the basic pieces of advice or what tend to be forgotten.

Never leave your gear unattended and at most take the necessities as if you take too much gear, moving around and switching lenses will become hard work. A tripod will may refer to innumerable than likely get in the way but you may find a monopod will take up less room and will be easier to walk with at crowded events may refer to. If you're effective use hand-held a camera strap will stop your camera getting knocked out of your hands, however be careful if you walk around a crowded finding with it around your neck as not only will it get in the way, you could also injure yourself if it gets tugged off your neck.

Be Posted Of The Lighting

Bright sunlight won't do you any favours as you can end up with shots full of harsh shadows and washed out colours. Couple with that leak problems and you can find yourself fighting to get a decent shot. Later in the afternoon and into the evening the light's lower and more even which is sizeable news for those going to events which have a later starting time. If you do find yourself out in the middle of the day you can try bracketing and add a pop of flash to fill in screens that dance across faces. This is particularly useful if the people you're photographing have brimmed hats on or are wearing large headpieces that mask the face partially.

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Gina Stephens

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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