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Switch On The Night

Party Time

13 May 2016

Event Photography: 5 tips from a pro

Everyone knows it’s capturing the special moments that can make or break event photography. But, how do you do it? We spoke to event photographer, Justin Sullivan, to get his top tips for capturing the moments between the madness at SA’s best parties.

Interact with the crowd

“It will make everyone feel more comfortable if you interact with them, let them get a feel for you and your style – when they know what you’re doing they’re more likely to play along and have fun.”

Dance your way through the crowd

“It sounds odd, it is so much easier to navigate through crowds when you move to the beat”

Get high up

“The stages usually provide a high platform for me to capture dancing, moments of laughing and just all-round crazy behaviour, which make for great party photos.”

The basics

“It may sounds obvious but know the proceedings of the event – know when everything’s happening, and where you need to be to best capture it. The only way to get amazing shots is to know exactly what is going on in your environment. “

Capture moments not poses

“The biggest mistake some people make is only capturing posed photographs. Everyone definitely prefers moments over posed photographs. I know from personal experience that it can also become very overwhelming when every second person is grabbing you asking for a photo.

South Africans are beautiful people, and when that’s combined with warm weather, nature and a great party, photos naturally become magic. “

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