Whether you’re attending a small family gathering or a packed-out bash, parties offer the perfect opportunity to shoot memorable photos that will grace the walls (and social media accounts) of your friends and family for years to come. Lighthearted atmospheres and social lubricant often lead to the sort of amusing moments and priceless memories photographers love. But, snapping the perfect instant camera shot takes skill and practice.
Here are a few tips to help you take high quality event photos:
Get Group Shots
Event photos usually include one or two subjects at a time. However, it’s much less common for photographers to capture a shot of the whole party. Take advantage of those rare moments when everyone is in one spot with wide format film. If it means organizing the whole group for a minute or two, the results will be worthwhile.
Posed shots have their place, but candid shots are where you’ll capture the true essence of the party: people free of inhibitions. When someone knows they’re having a photo taken, their smiles are generally forced and unnatural. Grabbing a candid shot of your friends in their most natural state is the best way to record their true personality.
Amidst the ruckus and commotion of a party, it’s easy to become distracted or forget about snapping important moments. To ensure you don’t miss the good stuff, plan in advance. Even if you’re only attending a small gathering of friends, take a few minutes to jot down essential shots you’d regret missing.
Avoid Red Eye
Red eye, which is caused by a flash reflection in the retina, can ruin an otherwise perfect photo. To avoid this folly, have your subjects avoid looking directly into the camera. Instead, ask them to focus just above the camera.
Photography is all about details. In the words of famous photographer Aaron Siskind, “It remembers little things long after you have forgotten everything.” People may forget the print of the tablecloth and the arrangement of the flowers, but these items are just as much a part of the experience as the guests themselves.
Like all forms of photography, it may take some warming up before you feel fully comfortable. Break out your Instax camera early in the night, and continue snapping throughout the evening. By practicing these tips, and a little experimenting, you’ll be sure to impress your friends at the next soiree.
After you’ve mastered the art of party photos, pass the prints on to your friends. Check out the new Instax SHARE printer, and immediately transform your smartphone into an instant camera.