Attend Local Events and Practice Your Street Photography

Spill Into DC
BP Oil Spill Demonstration Sept. 5, 2010 Washington DC

Local events such as festivals, parades, rally, demonstrations are some of the best way to practice and hone our skills as photographers, whether you are a an amateur, hobbyist, or a professional. Events are fun, exciting and can provide wonderful picture-taking opportunities.

BP Oil Spill Into DC
BP Oil Spill Demonstration Sept. 5, 2010 Washington DC

Oil Spill
BP Oil Spill Demonstration Sept. 5, 2010 Washington DC

Here are some helpful tips in photographing local events :

  • Do a Research : My number one resource? Guess what? Google, just search for something like “September 5, 2010 Washington DC” and you’ll find some of the events that are scheduled for that day. Second is of course local newspapers, magazines, local tv news.
  • Prepare your gear :  Making sure your gear is ready is a priority. In events I usually bring two camera bodies and two lenses, a wide angle lens and a telephoto lens. Check your batteries and make sure they are fully charged, make sure your memory cards are all formatted and in proper working condition.
  • Ideal Equipment :  I always shoot with two camera bodies, one with a wide angle lens (tamron 17-50mm F/2.8 VC) and one with a telephoto lens (EF 70-200mm F/4 IS), and I always use an external flash to fill in the shadows, also there are times I bring a monopod with me but not all the time.
  • DDay : Once you get to the event, just blend in, let everyone know that you are taking photograph. Now, to tell the story, you need to be observant, focus on participants, look for facial expressions, details, colors. You also need to learn to relax and not be overwhelm of the crowd and actions that are happening around you.

2010 Memorial Day Parade
Gary Sinise – Center at the 2010 Memorial Day Parade In Washington DC

Camera Gear :

Restoring Honor
Restoring Honor Rally

I hope you found this little tip helpful. If you have any street photography tip, I would be happy to hear them. Feel free to leave a comment below.

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