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 . 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.
Keep those cameras rolling, and keep on click’n!

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  1. 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! 😀

    Love your videos!

  2. 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.( [email protected]) Rick Idak Vimeo Channel, and Rick Idak at Star Now for examples of my work.

  3. 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

  4. 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.

  5. 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?

  6. 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

  7. 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?

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