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7 Tips for Shooting Event Video and Photography at the Same Time Flipbook PDF

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7 Tips for Shooting Event Video and Photography at the Same Time Created by Karen Joiner

The Right Camera and Gear  First off, you’ll need a good multi-purpose camera that can easily switch between photography and video modes. And given the situation, it should be a good camera for both. Personal preference is important here. It doesn’t really matter if you prefer DSLRs or mirrorless cameras, the key is to find the right camera for your needs.

Know Your Strengths and Weaknesses  Personally, I feel like I’ve always been an unusual photographer/videographer because I feel stronger shooting video than photos. However, regardless of your first vocation, it’s important to understand which elements are your strengths and which are your weaknesses. If photography is your weaker skill set, as it was for me, I would focus on getting good photos first by giving myself ample time, knowing I could use the tighter windows to shoot video later.

Video Loves Motion  Also, when deciding when to shoot video over photography, a general rule is to decide what looks good in motion versus static. Video loves motion. Yes, it may be a little harder to set the focus and adjust on the fly. However, consider the situation. If there is something interesting going on that is in motion, say a first dance or a popping champagne bottle, always go for video.

Photography Appreciates Static  Meanwhile, for photography, I’d look for more static situations. Obviously, shooting event photography requires singling out groups of people and getting them to turn, smile, and pause — photography is simple and elegant. There’s no need to record people awkwardly waiting for a flash.

Lighting and Sound  Whether that means adding a boom mic to your camera, snapping wireless lapels onto your event key subjects, or plugging an audio recorder directly into a soundboard (or, preferably, all of the above), getting quality audio should be a very high priority when planning your videography.

Communicate and Be Vocal  When taking on the challenge of shooting both video and photos, communication is key. If you have a team with you, dividing and conquering is a great approach. However, the key is communication and planning. If you’re running solo, your voice is your best friend, and you’ll need it to constantly let your subjects know what you’re doing and what you expect of them.

Edit Photos First, Video Second  Once the event has concluded, it’s best to dive into the photos first — sometimes immediately after the event. Editing photos, to most, will be the quicker of the two edits, and it will help you get the ball rolling on your deliverables.

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