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August 16, 2017

Tips for Shooting in Crowded Places

There’s going to be a time at some point where you may not be able to control the environment going on around you, and being prepared beforehand helps to make or break a session. We typically photograph sessions in all types of settings and environments.

Some of the environments can get crowded, like in a city setting. One of our favorite places to photograph happens to be in Washington D.C. Depending on the place and timing, things can get a bit crowded. We have found a few ways to combat crowds while capturing images.

A Team

Working as a husband and wife team definitely has it’s perks. Especially when it comes to photographing in a crowded setting.

Having two photographers helps so that we can cover more than one view point, and if a person happens to walk by in front of one of our cameras, the other person can keep photographing. Typically, we are positioned on opposite sides, ready to capture images. This helps avoid missing images during events that can’t be recreated, like a surprise proposal!

Be Vocal

Being a witness to a proposal or seeing a wedding party in action can be exciting in crowded streets. It can be hard for onlookers to resist whipping out a phone and start recording it. It’s an exciting moment happening and we totally get it! We geek out too. Who wouldn’t?!

If someone does happen to get in your shot while photographing, it’s okay to politely ask them to move or step aside for a minute. They may not even know that you are there photographing or ¬†they just happened to get caught up in the moment! Which is very easy to do. For the most part, people will respond positively and usually will move aside for you.

Use the Right Lens

If you happen to get into a bind where you know the crowds won’t dissipate while photographing, plan to use a lens that’s versatile.

As a team, we are able to use two completely different lenses to capture different shots. If you’re photographing on your own, plan to bring a wide array of lenses. A prime lens will work best for a crowded spot where you are losing light quickly.

Many zoom lens have an minimum f/stop of 2.8, whereas prime lenses can allow for an f/stop of 1.4 (or lower depending, on the lens) letting more light into your lens. The right focal length will help as well if you need to get in closer to get images.

Assess where you will be photographing, your environment, and how you plan to capture the images to find the best suited lens for you.

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