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Event Photography: A Personal Project

Building My Photography Skills in Event Photography

Overhead of Personal style project by Lauren Crook

Over the past few months, I’ve gone on trips and organized photoshoots with other skilled photographers. I wanted to build my skills as a photography and learn new techniques from others. This isn’t my first rodeo with planning and organizing a personal project for myself. Read more about the first personal project I created for myself here.

My last personal project included 3 types of photography: landscape, portraits and events. This time I decided to solely focus this project on events because that is my desired career path. At the beginning stages of planning I chose a few events that were community based and then some events that were put on by BYU-Idaho. However, towards the middle of the project, I found way more community events at my disposal, especially with the Fourth of July happening.

I ended up going to four different community events. The amount of hours I spent on this project was around 30 hours. That included attending the events, taking the images, editing and designing MOO cards. These MOO cards are small squares that have an image that I took with my contact information on the other side. I plan to give these out to companies that hold events and that I want to work with. My plan is shown below:

Lauren Crook's Personal Project ProposalLauren Crook's Personal Project Proposal

 

Check out my posts that go more in depth for these events!

Let the Festivities begin this Independence Day!

Event Photography, Country Style

Some Highlights

Independence Day fireworks pictures taken by Lauren Crook

Country event photography by Lauren Crook

Independence Day fireworks pictures taken by Lauren Crook

Country event photography by Lauren Crook

Embracing my Personal Style 

My Personal Style of Photography

Throughout the last few months, I got closer to my finding my personal style. I know I want to work as an event photographer for my career; however, I’m still figuring out my editing style. It definitely has helped being with so many different photographers and surrounded by different styles. I know, with time, I will find my editing style.

My photography style has stayed the same, however, which is capturing the extraordinary moments during ordinary events. I think this is why I love event photography so much. I get to photograph so many memories from events that are memorable for the whole world to see and view again years down the road. Check out my best work from last year thanks to my Comm 316 class.

 

 

Event Photography, Country Style

Rodeo and Country Dancing Event Photography

Event Photography is quite diverse. I never realized that until I started pursuing it. I first fell in love with it when I attended concerts and took images there for the newspaper. Since then, my passion for it hasn’t lessened. The past two weeks I went to a few events, both of which are very “country.” What did I expect when living in Southeast Idaho?

Eastern Idaho Gone Ridin’

Last weekend I went to a rodeo. This was the first rodeo I have ever been to so it was a bit exciting. I went with a friend who had been photographing rodeos for years because her grandchildren participated. She gave me great tips on what shots were the best and where I would be okay shooting. The closest I could be was just right by the seating for attendants. The only photographer that can be inside the

is the contract photographer. Check out Hayseed Photography for some great images. I brought two lenses, but ended up just using the 70-200 lens. My shutter speed was high, but kept my aperture low so I could capture some great depth of field. I didn’t realize how fast each participant moved so that was an adjustment. I enjoyed capturing images of the tie-down roping, bucking bronco, and the rodeo clown.

Boot Scootin’ Boogie All Night

Unlike rodeo’s, I have gone to country dancing many times. It was different this time taking pictures instead of actually dancing. For this event, I chose to use a 24-70mm lens so I could zoom in if needed, but also get those wide angle shots of the dancers. I had a fast shutter speed shooting continuous and adjusted my ISO depending on the change of daylight.

My goal was to capture the emotions of the people dancing because I want the viewers to see how fun country dancing actually is. I also took an image of how people pay to get in as well as different moves of country swing. For other dance photography click here.

Sign in at country dancing, country event photography by Lauren Crook

Country event photography by Lauren Crook

Country event photography by Lauren Crook

Country event photography by Lauren Crook

Country event photography by Lauren Crook

 

Let the Festivities begin this Independence Day!

Independence Day celebrations don’t stop in Southeast Idaho

As part of my personal project that involves event photography, I thought what better way to choose events when the Fourth of July is in a couple of days!

Independence Day is an national holiday observed nationwide. I always love spending time with family and going to the fun activities the community puts on. However, I can’t remember the last time I went to the parade so it was nice to attend the one put on in my town. I wanted to capture two events that are well-known throughout communities. Sometimes I wonder if people take these events for granted so I took pictures so they could remember the fun they had. Check out these parade pictures from East Idaho News.

I used a 70-300 lens for these images. My settings were around f/5.6, 1/640 and ISO100 with the shutter set at high-continuous. The aperture changed throughout the day from the change of daylight.

Independence Day parade pictures taken by Lauren Crook

Independence Day parade pictures taken by Lauren Crook

Independence Day parade pictures taken by Lauren Crook

Independence Day parade pictures taken by Lauren Crook

I also watched  fireworks that night at the Snake River in Idaho Falls. Photographing fireworks is much different than a parade. I wanted to capture the light trails from the fireworks so the shutter speed needed to be slower as, because of the lack of light, the aperture or f-stop needs to be wide open. I used my 70-300 lens so I could zoom in.

The settings I used were f/11, 4 seconds and ISO 200. I set the camera on a tripod because of the slow shutter.

Independence Day fireworks pictures taken by Lauren Crook

Independence Day fireworks pictures taken by Lauren Crook

Independence Day fireworks pictures taken by Lauren Crook

Independence Day fireworks pictures taken by Lauren Crook

Independence Day fireworks pictures taken by Lauren Crook

 

Smartphone Photography features has reached new heights!

Taking amazing pictures just got easier with smartphone photography features!

Phone companies are creating new tricks and features on the cameras that enhance it’s capabilities. After learning about some of these smartphone photography features, I figured I’d have to test a few of these tricks out. Some features include blurred water, portrait depth mode, the panorama feature and lens compression. Have you not heard or are you just learning about the smartphone photography features? Click here for more tips and tricks that smartphone cameras can do!

Long Exposure

As a photographer, I thought I could only get the blurred water effect on my camera by changing the shutter speed. Who knew that smartphones has the same feature too and it’s really easy!

You can use this smartphone photography feature by turning on “live” photo and taking a picture of a subject that’s moving. The key is keeping the phone still for a few seconds after taking the image. The next step is viewing the photo and swiping up. There are many other options; however, when showing a moving subject such as water I love choosing long exposure.

smartphone photography feature blurred water

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Phone Photography feature: blurred water

Smartphone photography feature: long exposure

smartphone photography feature blurred water

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phone photography feature blurred water

Smartphone photography feature: long exposure

Lens Compression

Lens Compression is when the background appears to be closer then what the human eye sees. To do this, you back up with your camera and the zoom in.

smartphone photography feature lens compression

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smartphone photography feature lens compression

Smartphone photography feature lens compression

Portrait Depth Mode

This smartphone photography feature creates a blurry background and allows the subject to become the main focus. To do this, you’ll switch from normal picture mode to portrait mode and move slightly closer to the subject until the camera detects them.

smartphone photography feature portrait depth mode

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smartphone photography feature portrait depth mode

Smartphone photography feature: portrait depth mode

Panorama

This feature is one of a kind. I really enjoy using it for landscapes! All you need to do is switch to panorama mode and press the button down as you take the picture. But remember to move your camera or phone side to side.

smartphone photography feature panorama

Smartphone photography feature: panorama

Best Fashion Accessory and Architecture Photography

Fashion Photography that highlights the accessories

Did you know that Fashion photography doesn’t always include people? Many times fashion photography is used to showcase accessories instead. That is what we call Fashion Accessory Photography. At first, I was a little hesitant about doing this type of photography; however, this helped me focus a lot more on the items the models were wearing as well. Check out Vogue’s images for Fashion Accessory Photography here.

Fashion Accessory Photography by Lauren Crook

Fashion Accessory Photography by Lauren Crook

Fashion Accessory Photography by Lauren Crook

Fashion Accessory Photography by Lauren Crook

Fashion Accessory Photography by Lauren Crook

Fashion Accessory Photography by Lauren Crook

Best Architecture Photography

While doing the photoshoot, I couldn’t help but notice the beautiful venue we were at. As part of the team to orchestrate the fashion shoot, we reserved the Venue in Rigby, Idaho. After the fashion shoot had ended and we had cleaned up, I snapped a few images of the beautiful interior.

For more inspiration on architecture photography click here.

Best Architecture photography by Lauren Crook

Best Architecture photography by Lauren Crook

Best Architecture photography by Lauren Crook

Best Couple Fashion Photography

Fashion Photography is more fun in couples

I have participated in multiple fashion shoots, but this one is by far the most fun! What makes it so fun are the models that I get to work with. Couple Fashion Photography is now one of my many passions.

Like described in my other posts about this fashion shoot, I helped set up stations for the models to be in and had photographers in small groups rotate between each station. This allowed more one-on-one time between the photographers and the models. I loved having that interaction, especially for the stations with more than one person. I found that their were more posing options in the stations with more than one person; it was so neat to see what the models could do and how they could interact with each other! For more pose ideas for couples click here. Check out the highlights of my best couple photography images!

Best Couple photography by Lauren Crook

Best Couple photography by Lauren Crook

Best Couple photography by Lauren Crook

Best Male Fashion Photography

Fashion photography isn’t meant just for females, but men as well

I was able to help organize a fashion shoot. We found that it was easier for us to find female models than male models. But that doesn’t make any difference in the quality of the photos. Men are just as capable and photogenic as females. I loved posing the males to get the best male fashion photography. For more male fashion photography inspiration click here.

Like mentioned in my other post, I assisted in organizing a fashion shoot that involved nine models. We had five stations in total. It was quite fun to see each personality come out as we got to know each model.

Best Male Fashion Photography by Lauren Crook

Best Male Fashion Photography by Lauren Crook

Best Male Fashion Photography by Lauren Crook

Best Male Fashion Photography by Lauren Crook

Best Male Fashion Photography by Lauren Crook

 

Best Female Fashion Photography

What is takes to get the Best Female Fashion Photography

I never knew how much I loved fashion photography until I went to a photoshoot at venue located in Rigby, Idaho. The models and makeup artist that I worked with were phenomenal. Each model was easy to work with and beautiful inside and out. This fashion shoot showed me the best female fashion photography.

For the fashion shoot, we set up multiple stations. Depending on the models, we set up either a Godox light or two, had a backdrop or provided them an environment that worked well with them. The studio lighting really made a huge difference. For other great examples of the best women fashion photography click here.

Best Female Fashion Photography by Lauren Crook

Best Female Fashion Photography by Lauren Crook

Best Female Fashion Photography by Lauren Crook

Best Female Fashion Photography by Lauren Crook

Best Female Fashion Photography by Lauren Crook

Best Female Fashion Photography by Lauren Crook

Best Female Fashion Photography by Lauren Crook

Best Female Fashion Photography by Lauren CrookBest Female Fashion Photography by Lauren Crook

Best Female Fashion Photography by Lauren Crook

 

Product and Food Photography

Which is better? Indoor or Outdoor Product and Food Photography? You be the judge!

Indoor Product and Food Photography

Indoor Product and Food Photography can be so fun. It really allows the photographer to get creative, especially with the lighting and position. I was able to take multiple images of various products and food. It was so fun! A group of photographers each made a station and we all went around and set up the products and food how we liked.

Check out stunning food and product photography taken by Becca Shunkwiler.

Indoor product photography

Indoor product photography

Indoor food photography

indoor food photography

Outdoor Product and Food Photography

Doing Product and Food Photography indoors is quite fun, yet including mother nature in your photos can really make it more fun! I love using the landscape as the background of my images. I went to Teton National Park to capture amazing nature for the background.

outdoor product photography

Lauren Crook

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BYU-Idaho student studying VIsual Communication and has experience in photography, graphic design and content creation for businesses.

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