Conference photography is not only for companies who wanted to document their conferences’ highlights but also for advertising purposes for their future plans on making another. Conferences often hire photographers to take photos that they can use on their company websites, blogs, advertisements and so on. If you are attending a conference as a photographer, here are five basic things that you must keep in mind.
- Bring extras for everything – Backup batteries, memory cards, cables, lenses and even readers are a must. You don’t want to look like an amateur by borrowing from someone else, right?
- Turn off the flash please – most events are hosted on good venues that have sufficient lighting throughout the conference, so you really don’t need to use the flash (unless it can’t be helped!).
- Closer is better – don’t depend you camera’s zooming features all the time. Nine out of ten times it’s just better to go closer to the object than to zoom from a far place where you are shooting from.
- Move around, it’s ok! – If you wanted to get the best shots for your photos, don’t be scared to move around the place, closer to the stage, between the aisles or even beside the speaker. This is the only way that you can get quality shots.
- Make it legitimate – if possible, find the right time to ask the speaker if you can take a photo with him/her, then ask someone to take it for you. Also, make sure that the person you’ll be asking knows how to take a good shot as well, unless you want a bad souvenir.
Conference photography could really be a cool job if you think about it; you get to meet a lot of people while having fun on taking photos especially if it’s really your passion.