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How to Shoot an Event: A Photography & Video Lighting Tutorial

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Event Photography: A Photo & Video Lighting Tutorial
By Jay P. Morgan

I had the opportunity to shoot a celebrity event in New York at a club owned by Susan Sarandon. King Pong asked us to be there to cover Paulini’s performance of her new son “Ping Pong for my Heart”. The final edited piece can be see at http://kingpongproductions.com/news/ping-pong-my-heart-live-spin-nyc . Shooting events can be very hard and in this lesson I will share some insights that will make it a bit easer. I learn every time I shoot and this was no exception. One clarification I want to make about camera settings that was not as clear as I would have liked it in the video. I shoot in aperture priority when I shoot stills and in shutter priority when I shoot video. When shooting video in shutter priority I set the shutter at 1/50th of a second and allow the aperture to fluctuate. I hope you find this helpful.
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28 Comments

  1. BUBURUZA PRODUCTIONS TV
    September 6, 2017 at 18:44

    Just like to add my thanks to the pile. Great tips, beautifully produced, and a great inspiration. I can't wait to go make my own press pass. Thanks again.

    Bogdan Mihai
    Buburuza Productions, LLC

  2. Gage Planka
    September 6, 2017 at 18:44

    Awesome video tutorial!

    I am photographing a Festival today and tomorrow.

    I done others in the recent past but now you opened my eyes to even more possibilities and creativity! πŸ˜€

    Love your videos!

  3. Videography Inspiration And Photography
    September 6, 2017 at 18:44

    Like this!

  4. WildFilmsTube
    September 6, 2017 at 18:44

    What shoulder rig and follow focus are you using in the video?

  5. Mona Sorger
    September 6, 2017 at 18:44

    thanks for the useful tips!!

  6. Lawrence Neri
    September 6, 2017 at 18:44

    Do you use different shutter speed settings etc when shooting your outdoor shots and indoor shots>

  7. Heyly Wan
    September 6, 2017 at 18:44

    Thank you so much! That was really really helpful!

  8. perpetuated
    September 6, 2017 at 18:44

    rad!

  9. Finns Mind
    September 6, 2017 at 18:44

    OK so in terms of event photograhy… Dont fuck with this guy xD

  10. bob finkelstein
    September 6, 2017 at 18:44

    Thanks, great video, super helpful…!

  11. reticulan5
    September 6, 2017 at 18:44

    Some great advice there Jay, I don't disagree with anything you say. I do this in Australia I used to supply cameras, lights, sound and grips to film makers. But also did event coverage to make ends meet. I find the events the most fun and it's like a night out not a job you sweat and regret. I have recently converted to DSLR's from P2 Camcorders. Mainly because P2 has reached it's limit and like you have said here. The places the event are held are usually very dark. I have 2 Canon 7D's with primes and a constant aperture zoom. I bought 2 Lumix GH4's recently and I adore them and the clean images. Will get a Speed booster to mount F1.2 EF lens that will outperform even full frame cameras in low light.
    Still waiting on Atomos Shogun external recorder. The thought of shooting uncompressed 4K and viewing on a 7 inch Full HD monitor which is built in the Shogun has me very very excited.
    Cheers from a Aussie with the same job and passion.( rickidaksgrips@gmail.com) Rick Idak Vimeo Channel, and Rick Idak at Star Now for examples of my work.

  12. Adam Hudson
    September 6, 2017 at 18:44

    Thanks for the video! In terms of in-camera settings, do you tend to shoot in a flat/neutral picture profile to add contrast in post? I'm shooting a low light event soon too and wondered which way to go

  13. Vincent J. Newman
    September 6, 2017 at 18:44

    Some good practical advice…. also don't annoy Q-Tip lol

  14. Dwaine Scott
    September 6, 2017 at 18:44

    Nicely done!!! Β Check out my "Behind the Scenes" time-lapse video on a multi-camera Dateline NBC shoot. Β http://youtu.be/fDVt3ZjTIk4

  15. Jim 100% liquid
    September 6, 2017 at 18:44

    what speed do you use for shooting with dolly? and thanks for your help

  16. Hobal Grajeda
    September 6, 2017 at 18:44

    fps depends on what you are going to use the video for. 24 is the standard for film, and 60 works great for slow motion when it's played at 24fps. your problem might be with your shutter speed since shutter speed controls motion blur.

  17. FilmMakerMedia
    September 6, 2017 at 18:44

    The top takeaway from this video is that he "Does his homework" before the shoot!

  18. Jim 100% liquid
    September 6, 2017 at 18:44

    Ur work so professional !
    Can someone help me , i just make a short movie ( filming with 24fps ) after that i watch it on PC , it look really lag + blur when the character walking or acting !
    How to filming a video that the object moving smooth ? does 60fps is always the best thing to filming?

  19. Sir Sebastian
    September 6, 2017 at 18:44

    Unbelievably helpful!
    I especially appreciate how you said exactly where you set up your lights and equipment.

  20. Isaiah Headen
    September 6, 2017 at 18:44

    Very useful. I sent this to my assistant.

  21. Scaredy Squid
    September 6, 2017 at 18:44

    well he is shooting in a big event.. it would be more unrealistic if he didn't had the equipment.. btw, i am a hobbyist like my friends and we do have studio lights, softboxes, strobes, lightstands, backdrops and stands, umbrellas, etc

    its because we have manufacturers here that sell moderately priced stuffs

    not trying to troll you in case that's what yer thinking.. but if yer really going for event photography or what nots, you really need to invest on gears and equipments

  22. Al An
    September 6, 2017 at 18:44

    A bit unrealistic for student photographers who are still in school. Do you have any advice for photographers who don't have the equipment you used in the video?

  23. CAJUNNSC
    September 6, 2017 at 18:44

    Well done! Thanks, really usable suggestions and tips!

  24. Jason Knight
    September 6, 2017 at 18:44

    Yes, press pass

  25. Photoshopuzr
    September 6, 2017 at 18:44

    oh yes, that press pass is right on the money thanks.

  26. Anton Fortein
    September 6, 2017 at 18:44

    great tips especially the press pass

  27. Matt Alioto
    September 6, 2017 at 18:44

    Actually, many government agencies issue press passes…I've got one from the San Diego Police Department…but I like the faux pass idea

  28. Ismar Badzic
    September 6, 2017 at 18:44

    Great video guys! Really neat stuff. I love the Press Pass idea. Thanks.

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