Event Challenges and Limitations

Different events offer a variety of challenges that need to be solved. Weddings probably offer the most challenges of all, due to the importance of the event, the length of the shoot, and the incredible range of shooting situations you'll find yourself in. The following sections outline some of the essential information you need to succeed.

Be ready

With all event shooting, one huge element exists that is often more challenging than much advertising work: there are many moments that happen just once and need to be captured quickly, creatively, and technically well. This can demand much of your technical abilities, which you have to perform instantly, in the moment. You have to be in the right place, at the right time. You have to have the right lens on the camera. You often want to pre-set the camera's controls to get the image when it happens, and you might have just a second or two to do it. And there are no acceptable excuses for missing the shot. If you think it's easy, you haven't done this type of assignment. I suggest you try it once, or observe a photographer who is proficient and qualified at this type of work.

Have backups close by

Because there are no acceptable excuses for missing a shot, you must have backups when photographing events. If you don't have a second camera body, rent one. One way or another, have two on-board flash systems on hand. If you're shooting with strobe lighting setups, have backups. Batteries? You bet. Principal lenses? Right again.

In my case, I currently use my Canon 5D as the backup body. I own two flashes. I travel with multiple lenses — the 50mm focal length is redundantly backed up with my 24-70mm 2.8L zoom, my 50mm 1.2L, my 50mm macro, and my 45mm TSE lens. I also have the 35mm 1.4L as well as the 85mm 1.2L on either side of these lenses. You get the idea: be covered if equipment goes down.

Trust me. Camera equipment just loves to fail right before a once-in-a-lifetime moment. Be ready, and be backed up.

10.6 Jump moment! You only get so many jumps out of a group like this, so have a shooting plan ready — in this case using the ring flash. Also quick decisions are needed to choose the proper combination of f-stop (to add depth of field) and shutter speed (to stop motion). I would have preferred a faster shutter speed for this type of shot, but that's about as far as you safely want to go when using a studio strobe unit. ISO 200, 1/200 second at f/4.5, Highlight Priority, ring flash.

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