If you are getting ready to enjoy a music festival this summer (or even a festival of any kind), there are a number of things that you need to think about. You want to be festival ready with respect to your clothing, which means being ready for all kinds of weather, you want to know when the best bands are playing and you want to be ready to capture the best moments of the summer.
These are some tips that will help you to capture the best moments of your summer festival
Make sure you are prepared
If you are going to a festival, you want to make sure that you are prepared for anything. This will mainly apply to the weather but it should also apply to your camera and taking great pictures. If you use batteries, buy spare batteries and you will also find that an additional memory card or two, stored in separate places, will be of benefit. You will also want to conserve your batteries, so don’t take an endless number of shots and don’t continually review the snaps you have taken.
Be aware of the light
When it comes to taking great images at a festival, the light can be tricky. You often find yourself having to deal with deep shadows, a low-lying sun or overcast light. If you need to counter balance shadows, your White Balance should be set to Cloudy, as this will help to minimise the blue cast that can appear in shadows when snapping on Auto.
Think about creating a story or scene
While you may want to snap everything that is happening around you, why not try and create a story to focus on. This means that if there are locations or images that will work well together, you should try to create a series of images that help to tell the narrative of the festival for you. You will find that alternating between lenses and viewpoints can add flexibility while creating a flow to your work.
Focus on the crowd at times
There is a lot to be said for looking towards the bands but for many people, a festival is about the people in attendance as much, if not more so, than the bands. This means that you should focus on the crowds from time to time. You will find that many people at festivals are relaxed and will be quite approachable if you ask to take images of them.