There are a few things you should pay attention to when taking live event photos
Capturing any kind of live performance, both indoor and outdoor, can be quite a challenge. It’s not just that we need to master various shooting principles before shooting, but also that we are often confined to our seats and cannot move around to find the Angle we want. However, these are not the most challenging, indoor performance poor lighting conditions are our biggest enemy. Here, photographer Kav Dadfar takes a look at six ways to make your live performance better.
1.Be polite No matter whether we are shooting indoors or outdoors,
the first thing we need to pay attention to is to be courteous and courteous, and fully consider the feelings of the performers and the audience. If you are filming a busking production, you will most likely have a chance to get up close and personal with the performer before the show begins, so take the time to communicate with him in general. Not only is this done to make the performer more relaxed, but it is also a matter of basic etiquette. Also, keep in mind that the performer is not just there for you, so we try to avoid or minimize distractions when moving in front of the crowd. Finally, when we’re done shooting and ready to leave, don’t forget to leave the artist’s E-mail and send him our shot.
This may seem like an obvious principle, but I can’t stress enough that we need to be prepared to film any performance under any scenario. What I mean is don’t forget to turn on your camera, get the right body Settings, and then get the right lens ready, so we don’t miss any great shots. Try to predict what’s going to happen before you shoot. You know, usually every show has a climax, and you need to be prepared for that moment.
2.Planning the speed of shooting One of the most important elements of shooting a performance is the control of speed.
By changing the speed of the shot, we can not only capture sharp, sharp images, but also create motion blur on demand, which is not due to the camera shake itself. So setting the right shutter speed is essential.
For high speed performance categories, if we want to solidify a dynamic scene, we may need to use a larger aperture value to ensure that the shutter speed is sufficient for the image to be detailed. But before the aperture is fully open, keep in mind that the larger the aperture, the shallower the depth of field, and the blurrier the background. Therefore, the number of shutter speeds we need depends on how fast our subject is moving and your own intentions (assuming you want motion blur). Generally, the shutter speed of the camera needs to be set higher than 1/200th of a second if we want to fully freeze the motion picture. In addition, the camera’s high-speed continuous mode is a great aid, allowing you to take a series of photos in a row and then select the clearest ones.
3.Increase the ISO value
In some usage situations (especially indoors),we need to increase the ISO speed setting of the camera to give us a faster shutter speed when shooting fast moving objects. The ISO setting is high or low depending on the light conditions and whether you have an iron hand. Most of the time, I don’t shoot with a shutter speed lower than 1/60 of a second, and my starting ISO is somewhere between 400 and 800. Before shooting, we need to fully understand the capabilities of the camera under different ISO Settings, because different cameras will vary in their ability to suppress noise. We can try more before shooting, so that we have a good idea of the camera picture quality under high ISO.
4.Avoid Flash photography.
I believe that the use of flash photography is offensive to both performers and audiences, both because the flash kills the atmosphere of the performance and because it reduces the richness of the colors to bland. Instead of using flash, shoot with real light in the scene. For example, if the performer is in shadow while shooting outdoors, we can choose to press the shutter when he goes into the sun. If the performer is on an indoor stage, we have to wait until the spotlight is on the performer or the light gets brighter.
5.Don't forget the audience.
After we can easily catch the performers in action, don’t forget the crowd. Sometimes incorporating the audience into the composition of the performance can lead to unexpected results. Try to look for the funny looks and movements in the crowd, and record them as they show joy and surprise. These often unique moments really shouldn’t be forgotten, right?
The great thing about filming performances is that they are often unique, and often the performers don’t mind if we record them, because many people are afraid to film them up close because of their attitude. However, despite the challenges involved in capturing performance-themed photography, it is easy to capture the perfect image with practice.