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Oh Snap! How to capture great event photos
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Posted: 12/5/2018 10:00:00 AM

Oh Snap! How to capture great event photos

While pictures can be worth a thousand words, they’re not always worth half our budget. If a photographer isn’t in the budget or if you’re putting together a last minute event, today’s technology allows for event planners to take their own quality photos. Make a lasting impression and gather a larger audience with these helpful event photography tips and tricks!
Diverse range of photos Diverse range of photos
Grabbing a diverse range of shots is absolutely crucial when it comes to taking superior event photos. Many photographers want to focus on the face of the guest, showcasing their emotions and reactions. However, in order to really sell the event, thinking outside the box goes a long way. Taking ambient photos of the space, the set-up and décor with guests blurred in the background will look less like stock photos and give your event an edgy feel. Also, instead of taking a posed photo of guests looking straight at the camera, take candid shots from all angles so the audience can see your guests engaged at the event. This will better capture the genuine atmosphere of the event.
Phone vs Camera Phone vs. camera
It seems like every month there’s a new smart phone with a better camera. Thanks to the iPhone’s new portrait mode and numerous photo editing apps, everyday photos can be enhanced to look more professional. Portrait mode isn’t the best setting to use when taking shots of the event space, but for photos of people, it can offer an expert look in a pinch.

Blending in with the crowd is another advantage to using your phone to take photos at your event. A camera can intimidate people and make them feel as if they’ve been put on the spot, which can result in awkward, stiff photos. By using a phone, you can capture your event’s best moments with ease.

If you opt to use a professional camera, such as a Nikon or Canon, you can customize the settings to get the type of shot you’re looking for. These photos are also easier to edit later. A good recommendation for this type of camera would be to shoot in RAW as well JPEG to allow for sharper details and ultimately more accurate editing.
Helpful apps to edit your event photos
If you don’t have access to Adobe products like Photoshop or Lightroom, these mobile apps can be super helpful when editing photos on-the-go. Both of our recommendations are available for both Android and iOS.

VSCO has been available for about five years and is one of the more popular photo editing apps. The platform has a social component which can be used as a marketing tool. Publish photos on your public business profile to spread the word about your events. This easy-to-use app offers basic editing tools that can take your photos to the next level. From adjusting the brightness to adding an interesting filter to your photo, this app makes fine-tuning your event photos simple and fun.

Snapseed is one of the most popular and useful photo editing apps for iPhone and Android. The primary difference between Snapseed and VSCO is that Snapseed offers advanced editing tools. For example, you can adjust the brightness in a specific area of your photo or create a double exposure effect. Snapseed is a great tool to use if your editing needs are a bit more in-depth and you don’t have access to the Lightroom app.