I’m always up for event coverage. And this past weekend, I was retained by a local community church to photograph their Easter activities. In addition to the usual that you’d expect for this holiday, there was a great neighborhood function they call the “Eggstravaganza.” Basically they put about twenty thousand plastic eggs into a roped off area and offer free bags of Easter candy and toys to every child who can fill their basket or bag with the multicolored treasures!
Free stuff? That was the magic phrase. The minute that tape was lowered, I knew to use a very long lens if I wanted to stay out of the line of fire! That being said, I stationed myself more or less in the center of the quad and panned my 7D around to get as many candids as I could.
First, try to arrive early if you can to allow yourself time to scope out the location and find the best opportunities for shots. Pack extra batteries, memory cards and your flash (for those poorly lit situations). Have two camera bodies, one with a normal or wide-angle length, the other with a versatile telephoto zoom. For bright outdoor scenes, set your mode to shutter priority between 1/100 and 1/200. Or go to manual for indoors, being sure to set shutter speeds at or below your flash’s sync speed (usually around 1/250 or slower). Then get to your selected spots and look for opportunities.
As for post-processing, try to keep this to a minimum by getting it right in the field as much as possible. Most event clients want a turnaround time of 24 hours or less, because they want the event to still be fresh in everyone’s mind. So have a simple post workflow. Cropping and basic filters only are what I use.
Event photography can be a lot of fun. Here’s hoping you’ll give it a try soon.