Discussion in 'Photography' started by ShiftZZ, Mar 16, 2015.
Been asked to photograph a charity event any suggestions?
You need a camera....
From the title of the thread I'm assuming the question is about lighting?
What's the event and what do they want in terms of pictures?
For example if it's a black tie do and they just want pictures of people as they enter then a backdrop and a couple of studio strobes is pretty much fool proof.
It really depends on the location, the event and the brief.
35mm ? !!
You've gone overboard in the information provided I see!
What camera have you got
How much are you prepared to spend
What is the subject matter
How far away is the subject matter as that will determine the power required in terms of guide numbers
Indoors or outdoors
daytime or nighttime
One of the major issues will be the adequacy of the power supply for the flash unit. They take longer to recharge as battery power reduces so you need something that will take readily available and cheap batteries.
Decline the request.......no comeback when it goes tits up.
A couple of events, one a black tie dinner, 100 people or so and the second event, possibly 300 plus, a weekend job..
Using a Canon EOS 400D & Canon EOS 550D with a 18-200 lens. Never done much flash or formal work, tend to do landscape.
All photographs will be indoors, all of the above numbers are assumptions as the details are not very concrete,
Cost,- who knows, as reasonable as possible, I don't think I will use it a lot afterwards.
Basically a nightmare... avoid if you can.
Assuming you can't
1. No direct Flash, bounce the light.
2. Use a compact for "candid" shots.
Hunt out those who are drunk on charity booze or in compromising situations with younger revelers. Get yourself a scoop and the quality of the shot will be irrelevant.
Just wondering if you were expecting to get a "few"serious reply's from this lot
Canon Speedlight,Quantum power pack-bounce it.Jobs a good un
I do 'high end' event photography and I couldn't do it without my Speedlights and Quantum power pack.
Why did they ask you to do it?
And why are you even considering accepting These were what I called 'short straw' jobs.The Independent TV company I worked for would put on events like cocktail parties in House of Commons.The press office would want coverage of these events and the News dept would want head and shoulders of all MP's and dignitaries. It was hard slog.
How true. I have a really good photographer who works for me on large events and between us we have developed our own techniques for producing other than boring 'back of the head' shots. It is hard work and often late into the night and our clients demand a very high standard of work.
I suspect that ShiftZZ was asked because he will do the work for free as it is a 'charity' event.
Slightly straying off topic, if you go onto any photographic forum you will often see the question: "My friends have asked me to photograph their wedding - any tips please?"
My reply in the above case would be, if you have to ask that question then you shouldn't be doing the job.
It is a bit like asking a mate to build you a motor home because he/she has a new tool box.
You may have guessed this is a bit of a sore subject with me! So my answer to the original question is: don't do it, tell them to employ a professional photographer!
A good friend, asked me to take some pictures of the charity handing over a wheelchair to a disabled lady in Hinckley, she had volunteered me! Anyhow, later on, she suggested that I may wish to be the official photographer for the 'big event' next year and the 'Gala' (black tie) event this year.
What I may do is try and back out, I cant really justify the cost of the flash and power pack, just for two jobs, rather spend it on a new lens.
Operation backout in progress,,
Yes it is often the case, they see you with a camera that looks complicated and then assume that you are the equivalent of David Bailey...
I think you should back out as gracefully as you can. Taking good publicity photos of large formal events is very different to the wonderful photos you have already done.
Big formal events you would probably want a backdrop, flash reflector and get the attendees to pose for you on their way in ...... unless you already have the kit not worth the hassle IMO.
If you don't bounce the flash you are going to get lots of redeye requiring lots of software editing.
However the dinner for 100 has potential for shots around the tables once the evening is under way and perhaps the diners would be more amenable to having their photo taken. Maybe even a chance for the charity to sell the pics for further fund raising after the event. It will certainly be hard work and you would need to be organised as to how to publish mini photos on a website such that they could not be downloaded for free if the charity wants to try and sell them.
However a decent flashgun and battery pack is expensive and if you don't want to shell out for that then back out.
I have been an enthusiastic amateur for years and bought and read up on anything I wanted to do. I've done a couple of weddings for mates but it was pre-digital cameras and used a couple of Bronica medium format cameras, multiple lenses and film backs and a Metz flashgun and a Canon T90 for candids and had an assistant to help me. It was a case of we DON'T want wedding photos, can't afford wedding photos or don't want a pro photographer pushing us and our guests around for an hour or so and I convinced them that they would regret it and did them both for cost price. The were both delighted with the results and were most appreciative.
Not really any different to DIY on your motorhome but as has been said if you have to ask what to do then don't do it!
As so many have said or intimated, it's a poisoned chalice. Expectations are high, people resent being 'marshalled' and you have only one chance to get it right. Don't underestimate the amount of post-production work either (Photoshop or Lightroom) to ensure you supply a balanced set of images (contrast, brightness, good shadow detail, natural skin tones etc.)
Back in the days of film I considered trying to do wedding photography but realised I was not up to it. I could take a decent graphic shot and the occasional half-decent landscape, where the result depended on my composition and technical ability. Regardless of your photographic skill, the real problem with events is people management so you get the subjects to pose without looking posed whilst still enjoying themselves. My experience of trying to get candids is that most people spot you from yards away once you point the lens in their direction and avoiding this results in lots of backs of heads.
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