How to Avoid Distracting Backgrounds as an Event Photographer

event photographerAs an event photographer, it can be really frustrating when you have to take a really cool picture only to find a terrible distracting object spoiling all your work. If you have been in those shoes you would understand how I felt when I had caught my subject in the perfect pose and then I saw a tree branch that fitted awkwardly.

We all experience those terrible distractions but they are avoidable. I thought it would be nice to share a few tricks which have helped me eliminate these distracting backgrounds as an event photographer.

Fill your frame

One of the first things we all learn as a photographer is to fill your frame. It is important to focus on exactly what is relevant to the story you want to tell. It requires you to be sensitive to your surrounding and be expectant of the distractions that could occur. Before clicking your camera ensure you look at the edges of your frame and ensure that everything within that frame is relevant to the image in mind. Rather than distract, everything must come together to support and accentuate your image.

The decisive moment

Getting the right shot requires lots and lots of patience. An example is shooting a couple at their wedding reception. Probably what you had in your head was a picture of the couple sipping from their wine glasses gazing into each other’s eyes. Just when you are about to take the photo, a waiter walks by, what do you do? It requires a lot of patience not to click away on your camera, but that is the wise thing to do. That’s the difference between a great photo and a bad photo, what you decide to do in that sliver of a second. You need to wait a bit so you get a clear shot, just like a sniper.

Concealing the distraction

Sometimes there’s so much distraction you cannot wait any longer. Let’s go back to the story above, if there are so many people moving around your subject couple and you need to take the shot and move on. What will be your next line of action? Here’s my suggestion, find a way to make your subject bigger than the distractions, one of the best ways to do this is getting closer to the subject. This way you can hide the distractions behind the subject when they are concealed.

Pick the best position for your shot

Before taking any photo you need to walk around a couple of times checking out which position gives you the best shot with the least distractions. You shouldn’t take a shot from the first angle you assume. As you move around the subject you can identify the distractions and conceal or crop them out easily.

Selecting the right lens

As a photographer, you sure know that the focal length of your lens makes a huge difference in your photos. For event photography sometimes you need to capture just the subject and at other times you need a wider view. Whichever you need, you must pick the right lens so you can achieve the right photo without distractions.

Be brave with your bokeh

A narrow aperture will always give you more distractions but that is what most photographers are familiar with. Here’s is my suggestion to you, get brave and try out something new. Open up your aperture so you can be a bit more precise with your focus, capture some bokeh. Once you can strike a balance between the subject and the background, the background will be blurred.

This should be helpful to you as an event photographer if it has then shared some thoughts in the comment section. You could also ask your questions too or refer to SmartPicsUK Event Photography

4 Things That Can Help Improve Your Newborn Photography London

newborn photography LondonPart of the fun in taking pictures of newborn babies is that they have the most innocent and peaceful look ever. They are the kind of clients that can make one grins from ear to ear just by looking at their sleeping pace. But are there things that you can do to improve your newborn photography London services aside from relying on the fact that newborns are already subjects to take pictures of?

  1. Bundles

People like it when things are served to them as a whole package that includes all the important things they will ever need. Which also means that it’d be great to find a photographer who can help them in deciding what kind of services they should get. New parents are often helped out when you offer them bundles instead of making them think what kind of themes or how many pictures they should get.

Bundles can stretch in terms of time as well. For example, you can create a bundle that allows your client to take pictures of their little one once a year with 4 pictures on every session. This allows them to record their baby’s growth as he learns to sit, crawl and stand!

  1. Improve with preparation

Working with babies means that you are also racing with time to make sure the whole session can finish with the baby waking up. You need to make sure that you have your blankets and props ready. Think of how layering blankets will affect your post-processing and what is the best way to make sure they look smooth.

In a newborn photography London session, accidents are prone to happen, so make sure that you place waterproof pads on your props. It’ll save you a lot of time and trouble with ‘small accidents’.

  1. Communication with clients

You can always improve in terms of building rapport with clients. When it comes to newborn photography that must happen within a narrow time frame, clients have to be well-informed in advance. For example, you need to tell them what kind of props you are planning to use, how long the session is going to be and what parents should wear to the session.

It also helps save your time if you let your clients know that the baby is best to be asleep throughout the whole session. That means the mother may have to breastfeed before setting out or on the way there because full tummy means sleep baby!

  1. Warm spot!

Always prepare the studio or place where the baby is going to have pictures taken at. They love to curl up in warm places because it slows down their metabolism and is similar to what it was like in their mommy’s tummy. So, crank that heater up and keep the room warm to keep the baby from stirring. You can use a small portable heater that warms only around the baby instead of the whole room.

Additionally, playing white noise in the background also keeps the baby calm. You don’t have to feel nervous about shushing the baby during your newborn photography London session because it definitely makes a difference!

You can check www.stephenbrucephotography.co.uk for great inspiration and the possible results from following our tips!