Wow, the first time that I have ever photographed an outdoor concert was an absolutely electrifying experience!
It was a local rock festival and I was right there, taking photos of both the musicians and the crowd.
I like outdoor events because there is always something to be seen, and natural daylight can give your photos a very beautiful look.
You just have to know how to utilise the natural lighting to your advantage, coupling it with your flash if you really need it.
Now, if you want to photograph an outdoor event, you should always keep the following tips in mind:
First of all, you should always make sure to bring what you need for the entire duration of your shoot.
Bring extra batteries, extra memory cards, a tripod, or whatever you would need.
I am not saying that you should haul your whole studio out into the open, but prepare the essentials and bring back ups.
I once had to photograph a local fitness competition and a fun run, so I had a lot of great photos of people participating in the various events.
I took photos of all the runners, of the audience, and their children and pets.
I even had a lovely photo set of some elderly folks trying out the outdoor gym in the park.
It was just so fun to shoot them trying out and having fun on the outside air walker equipment.
The outdoor fitness gym was a colourful backdrop to the many participants.
Now, unfortunately, I was so caught up with taking as many great photos as I could that I ran out of battery.
I had completely forgotten to bring an extra, so I had to run back to my place to pick up new batteries, probably missing half of the events that took place.
Next, you should know how to prevent overexposure.
One of the problems with outdoor light, especially if it is sunny outside, is that your photos become overexposed.
I always shot by dialing down a half-stop, to really make the colours pop. Likewise, an overcast day may require you to use density filters.
When setting up a complex shot, especially of a landscape, it is a good idea to predict what your camera settings should be.
For example, I had wanted to take a photograph of the sunset by a lake, so I fiddled around with camera to get the optimum settings.
Finally, if you are photographing an event full of people, you might want to ask their permission first.
While everyone was smiling and happy during the rock concert photography gig, some people at my outdoor fitness event didn’t like to be photographed all tired and sweaty.
Instead, I took flattering photos and asked permission when needed. I managed to capture some great candid moments as well as some nice portraits.
Photographing outdoor events can be challenging, but it is all about preparation.