Scene setter–During a Prisoner of War medal presentation ceremony at Riverside’s Mission Inn, this veteran decked out in full military regalia waiting for the ceremony to begin, gave me a good opportunity to set the scene.
Event photography is as straightforward as it sounds.
What your client wants is often straight documentation of the event.
Most events have some components which are predictable so expect you’ll need:
the customary keynote speaker at the podium
the reaction of the audience (hopefully the speaker is engaging).
some award presentations
some group pictures
Most of the time, your client will make sure you’re in position and ready.
More than likely too, if it’s a big deal, they will have a schedule that is printed and handed to all guests so they know what to expect.
How many times have you picked up a newspaper and started reading a story just because the picture on the cover caught your attention?
That pretty much sums up the newspaper photographer’s goal at any assignment that he/she draws.
Come back with a picture/pictures that will sum up the story and draw the reader’s attention to it.
Assignments are what you make of it—On a story about road safety near an elementary school where large construction vehicles would speed by, I mounted my camera on a monopod, hoisted it over my head and tripped the shutter with a long extension cord. Getting in position early in the morning gave me a long shadow of the passing truck. I was lucky the crossing guard was far away enough from the truck to be lit by the sunlight, making her standout.