How to take better event portraits

This is a follow up post to a previous post.  The main point of this post will highlight what generated some major conversation at Animethon 19 during my photography panel. This post will mainly apply to event photography.

We generated some great discussion during this panel in regards to the non-technical side of portrait photography:

The Social Side of Photography

We talked a bit about how when sharing our photos with non photography people, how to effectively do so.

Some main points were:

  • Use social networks
  • Make use of a business card when taking photos
  • Make use of a personal card (meishi in Japanese) when having one’s picture taken.  You never know when you want someone to follow-up with you when they do something creative with you.
  • Tag, Tag, Tag.  People rarely look up photos of people they don’t know!  If you want to generate more activity on your photos, either setup your photos to be publicly tagged.  OR, keep good notes while you are taking photos.
    • Best way to keep good notes while taking photos would be to add the subject of the photos on facebook at the time of the photo’s capture.  Also make a note of who they were, and what they were wearing, that way when you are tagging people there is a memory aide to assist in the photo tagging process.
    • Even better, set your photos and priviledges completely to public and outsource the tagging job completely! People will generally be enthusiastic to tag their friends in your photos!

Future Considerations:

  • As the social web moves towards video, make sure you are making it easy for people to tag themselves in your videos.
  • The same applies as above: People will be more interested in your work (in this case videos, if they are in them).  Make it easy for people to find themselves in your videos.

Finally in closing.  When doing event photography, it is important to remember that at the fundamental level, if the people whom you are photographing can’t find your photos easily, your photos won’t generate the activity that you are looking for.

Through remembering to make a connection with the people whom are being photographed, you can help improve the success rate of your photos.  If the people who you photographed are easily able to find themselves, you will find that your photos will get more feedback.

If you have any question about the above post, or you have a comment, feel free to comment or email me.  I would love to hear from you.  Let’s start a discussion!


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