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Event Photography

Journal Entry: Thu Jul 17, 2008, 10:59 AM
Any Tips? and my website.

I have been asked to shoot some events again this year over a week long period, they range from outdoor gigs at night to daytime events inside and out ranging from fun-day sports  to sand castle competition, Art exhibition (indoors and the most scary to shoot for me).

So has anyone got any tips or advice, I obviously want to carry only the essentials, I c'ant really use a tripod as I know I won't have the time to use it, so i might invest in a monopod.

Indoor work with flash i struggle with so advice here would be great.

I have just started to sort my website out if anyone is interested, not a lot on there at the moment, but i will add to it now i have it up and running...
cycoze.com www.cycoze.com



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cycoze Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Saule :)
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Sooper-Deviant Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008
Hey Cy, your site looks very cool--specially the owl pics and the page on Ozzy.

For camera support, I highly suggest looking into a Manfrotto monopod (with 486RC2 or similar rapid connect system ballhead). They've got a variety of light-weight to heavy-duty monopods with padded grips and are easily adjusted in 3 or 4 sections.

For your external flash unit, the versatile Sto-Fen Omni-Bounce diffuser provides soft lighting (without restrictions on vertical or horizontal shots). There's nothing to flip around, just change the angle on your flash unit and the attached diffuser takes care of the rest.

Extra sets of rechargeable AA batteries will be needed for indoor shoots. Try those batteries with 2700 mAh or higher rating and a quick charger (available to fully charge a set of four batteries in 15, 20, or 30 minutes).

For sand castle competition, a collapsible reflector may come in handy when shooting against the sun (if you choose to use natural lighting instead of applying flash).
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cycoze Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks Anthony, i tried :) still have to put a lot of content up.

I have a ball-head but it is pretty hefty (use it for my 100-400mm), i'll look to see how much the smaller ones are.

Will definitely look at diffusers and a collapsible reflector , have thought about one of those before.

Batteries for the flash i am covered on Thanks, i went prepared at the weekend with 8 sets of 4 AA's, only used the one set in the end, and believe it or not, i got 200 shots with them, Energizer Rechargeable Advanced.
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WestLothian Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008  Student Photographer
I had to do some event shots and to record a collection of oil and watercolour paintings. Shooting through frame glass is a real challenge requiring a remote diffused flash source and a Circular Polarising Filter (after a lot of failed experiments).
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cycoze Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
I have a polariser, i will look to see if i can get an extension cable for my Canon 580EX Speedlite, i will have to experiment at home.
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WestLothian Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008  Student Photographer
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That card and diffuser really helps with the flash for outdoor events and in larger rooms. Have you got a powerful remote speedlamp - that's essential.

I tried a monopod - it still has really low mileage since I prefer to shoot at "safe" exposure times. Most of your subjects will be moving in any case.
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cycoze Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
That card idea is great and cheap which is always good :)

Not sure what a remote speedlamp is?
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svinels Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008
Your site is very cool ! :)
Isn't it hard to put a new photo in your gallery since it's all in html ?
Good navigation & great design ! Love it ! :D
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cycoze Featured By Owner Jul 17, 2008  Hobbyist Photographer
Thanks very much for the input !

If i want to make a new gallery i just bring up a blank gallery template i made and rename it then save it, i can then point it to an image folder and it's done, i then just have to put a thumbnail and link to it on the gallery page.
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