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Old Apr 23, 2006, 10:49 AM   #1
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Hello all

I've been to a few book signings and concerts and i've taken a few pictures of celebrities with my trusty Sony W1.

however, i've always noticed at the front of these events are usually press photographers welding huge cameras.

so far, i've only used my D70 to take landscape and night-time shots but i would like to find out techniques to take photographs such as the paparazzi.

There is a Dita Von Teese book signing in London tomorrow and I'm thinking of going along but i would like some knowledge without having to resort back to the automatic mode.

Any help would be apprecaited.

[My equipment =D70+70-300mm/18-55mm+SB800speedlight]
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Old Apr 24, 2006, 12:02 AM   #2
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I have very limited experiance with this sort of thing, but it helps if you get there early and bring all your stuff.

I don't know about crowds at this event, but other people likely will pose the biggest problems. It helps to know the layout of where the shooting opportunities will be so that you can pre-position yourself -- maybe on something off the ground -- to minimize other people's heads in your shot. Of course, the best thing is to get as close as possible to the subject.

Use your flash -- even outside. If this will be an indoor setting it might help to find out before you start shooting whether it's permissible for freelancers to use flash.

A moving subject is the hardest to shoot. Try to use the lowest shutter speed that you think will give you a sharp photo so that your aperture will be as small as possible to maximize depth of field. If it comes down to it, don't be affraid to hold the camera over your head and shoot "blind." Burst mode can be helpful, here. And take a lot of pictures! Just like the infinite number of typing monkeys eventually writing Shakespeare, the odds are in your favor if you shoot a lot of photos. If you are comfortable with being pushy, you can get closer to the action than more "polite" people could, also!

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