Event Photography

by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted
When wedding, portrait, and event photos are required outside of the studio, you often need to bring portable lighting kits. As we all know, houses of worship and event spaces are rarely lighting friendly to the wedding shooter and portrait photographer. While we all wish we had enough hired help to lug full-sized lights and heavy C-stands to our locations, portable light kits help photographers get the shots their clients demand without requiring pack
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In some locales, the period between Christmas and the New Year is known as the "Wild Nights," where mischief reigns in the darkest days of the northern hemisphere. We’re digging into this theme for our last show of 2022 in a chat with photographer and producer of this very podcast, Jill Waterman, who has been documenting New Year’s Eve traditions and exploits around the globe for the past 38 years. We first spoke with Waterman about this project in the two-part show
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A simple twist of fate (OK, I clicked a link) introduced me to the wedding photography of Jide Alakija and I immediately knew he should be a guest on the podcast. His work falls into the category of documentary wedding photography, but the intimate connection he seems to make with his subjects, as well as his compositional skills, place his work above the popular trend of fly-on-the-wall work. He captures moments of humor, tenderness, and joy that many photographers would miss, but still fills a frame
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Jeff Cable shares his techniques for obtaining the best composition and lighting to capturing and tell the story of the event. He goes over his camera settings, lens choices, and explain how he works with multiple flashes. Jeff Cable Photography https://www.jeffcable.com/  
by Jill Waterman ·Posted
As a follow-up to Part 1 of our fireworks story, it’s worth noting that photographing a fireworks show is no easy feat. Readers seeking a how-to guide to this subject need look no further than this Explora article, by Todd Vorenkamp. Yet, as that article notes, and the photos featured here make evident, the challenge of capturing bursting pyrotechnics in images offers great opportunities for experimentation and fun. This is perhaps
by Jill Waterman ·Posted
There is perhaps no truer sign of summer than Independence Day in the United States. The Fourth of July is when the summer season kicks into full gear, with barbeques, pool parties, family gatherings, and road trips galore—not to mention the fireworks! One lead-up to this holiday that I will never forget found me hurtling down the New Jersey Turnpike at sunset in a Greyhound bus. As the twilight deepened, bright bursts of fireworks began shooting up past the tree line, close by and at a distance, reflecting in the darkened glass of the windows
by John Harris ·Posted
For news and event photography, I completely rely on a 24-70mm f/2.8 lens. I know the advantages of shooting with prime lenses, but for the flexibility required in these (and other) types of photography, a 24-70 is a dependable friend with a sufficiently wide f/2.8 maximum aperture to work interiors with mixed light, the versatility to go wide and cover a room or compose using background and foreground elements, and also to “zoom-in” for two-shots and even portraits. Fortunately, the major lens manufacturers have put a lot of time and thought
by Jill Waterman ·Posted
For the last installment of our series on holiday lighting displays, we feature light shows in the states of New York, North Carolina, Pennsylvania, South Carolina, Texas, Utah, Virginia, Washington, and Wisconsin, to aid you in capturing photogenic moments that convey the spirit of the season. As noted in Part 1, operating hours, dates, and admission costs for each venue vary widely, so please check event websites for specifics before planning a visit. As for cost, many of the venues have a primary goal to raise money for local charities. In
by Jill Waterman ·Posted
For the second installment of our series on holiday lighting displays, we feature light shows in the states of Illinois, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maine, Maryland, Massachusetts, Minnesota, Nebraska, New Jersey, and New Mexico, to aid you in capturing photogenic moments that convey the spirit of the season. As noted in Part 1, operating hours, dates, and admission costs for each venue vary widely, so please check event websites for specifics before planning a visit. As for cost, many of the venues have a primary goal to raise money for
by Jill Waterman ·Posted
Tis the season for holiday lights, with festive displays dotting the landscape from coast to coast to brighten the waning daylight hours. From the graceful lights and majestic tree in New York’s Rockefeller Center, to the whirlwind of sound, color, and lighting in a holiday theme park, such displays are a fantasy land for photographic exploration. To aid you in capturing photogenic moments that convey the spirit of the season, we’ve developed this list of popular holiday lighting displays in locations throughout the United States. Above
by John Harris ·Posted
A simple twist of fate (OK, I clicked a link) introduced me to the wedding photography of Jide Alakija and I immediately knew he should be a guest on the podcast. His work falls into the category of documentary wedding photography, but the intimate connection he seems to make with his subjects, as well as his compositional skills, place his work above the popular trend of fly-on-the-wall work. He captures moments of humor, tenderness, and joy that many photographers would miss, but still fills a frame
by BH Event Space… ·Posted
In this B&H Event Space video, photographer Paige Denkin gets into the nuts and bolts of using Instagram effectively. Aimed at beginners, as well as advanced users, Denkin offers detailed explanations of the workings of Instagram, including algorithms, how to shoot and edit for Instagram, the importance of sharing information, education, and engaging with the photographic community. We hope you enjoy the video, and invite you to view the wide selection of other instructional and informative
by Todd Vorenkamp ·Posted
Airplanes and helicopters are very cool, and an air show offers a collection of cool aircraft. And, if you are like me, you want to not only take a ton of photos at air shows, you will want to come away with a bunch of “keepers.” Photographs © Todd Vorenkamp A USAF Boeing F-15E Strike Eagle in afterburner 1. Planning Air shows are fun for everyone, and, if you just want to go to see cool aircraft
by BH Event Space… ·Posted
In this B&H Event Space video, Canon Explorer of Light Simon Bruty takes you along on his journey to shoot the 2016 Rio Olympics for Sports Illustrated magazine. Photographing the Olympics can be a stressful task, requiring a huge commitment of advance preparation and seamless logistics. In this video, Bruty shares insider tips on figuring out what to bring and packing it properly, and offers advice on navigating travel vagaries and dealing with a nonstop schedule, in tandem with a slideshow of behind-the-scenes photos and action shots.