The best way to do crowd photography is when conditions are perfect and lightening is perfect. Shooting photographs when the large crowd is gathered adds much more difficulty to the situation. Crowd photography is a challenge for several different reasons, but you can overcome these potential problems with good shooting techniques. Use these tips to have more success when shooting photographs while in a crowd.
Here are the tips:
Use the Crowd photography
There are the times you may want to shoot a photo that is in the crowd. Try to maneuver yourself so that at least part of the crowd is facing you. Your photos of the crowd itself will have a better look if you can see some faces in the photo, rather than the backs of dozens of heads. Again, if you can move upward, you’ll have better success with showing the breadth and depth of the crowd.
Shoot within the crowd
Climb higher, if you can. It’s easier to shoot photos without being blocked by others in the crowd if you can move above the crowd. If you’re outdoors, think about using a small brick wall or an outdoor staircase for shooting your photos. Or look for an outdoor cafe that’s on the second floor of a building, giving you a balcony from which to shoot.
Reduce the Depth of Field for crowd photography
If you can, try shooting at a narrow depth of field. By making a large portion of the photo out of focus, you’ll have fewer distractions in the background of the image, which can be a problem with a lot of people around. The blurred background will allow you’re subject to stand out from the crowd.
Conversely, if you’re trying to focus on something in the background that’s beyond the crowd, such as a stage or the architectural design of the roof of the stadium shown in the photo above, you’ll have to shoot with a wide depth of field. In this case, having the backs of dozens of heads in the shot probably is unavoidable. Just make sure the item in the background is in sharp focus.
Use a Tilting LCD
If you have a camera that includes an articulated LCD, you’re going to have better luck shooting photos inside a crowd. You can hold the camera above your head and, hopefully, above the heads of those people in the crowd, while using the tilted LCD to frame the scene properly. Be considerate of others around you in the crowd, especially if you’re at a performance or a sporting event. Though it happens often in the world of the social media/mobile photographers, it’s important to remember standing up in the middle of the crowd and blocking others’ view while you shoot a series of photos is inconsiderate.
Mute Your Camera
Keep your camera quiet and be ready to shoot in crowd. In addition, having a camera that makes shutter noises and various beeps while you use it can be annoying and inconsiderate. Mute your camera’s sounds before using it in a crowd.
Shoot From the Hip
To do crowd photography is to try on occasion when shooting in a crowd is “shooting from the hip.” Hold your camera at waist level and just press the shutter button several times while you’re panning the crowd or walking through it. Although you cannot control the composition of the scene using this method, it won’t be obvious that you’re shooting photos, which may cause those in the crowd to act more naturally. You probably will end up with a lot of unusable photos using this technique, but you could capture something unique.
Avoid Stray Faces
The main advantage is to make sure other people in the crowd is not negatively from your shot. They can block your view and affect the composition of the shot. If you want a few stray faces of strangers in the middle of a photo or someone’s stray leg or arm in the frame drawing attention away from the subject. You’ll have to move your feet to find a position where you can eliminate the faces of strangers in the photo while keeping the subject in the proper place in the frame.
Beware of camera
If you want to shoot a long zoom photo from the behind of a crowd, remember that your camera could suffer from camera in that kind of situation and sometime it can be difficult. The more focus and magnify can be used you’re using with your camera’s optical zoom, the greater the chance there will be a slight blur from camera shake. You need to steady yourself as much as you can, which can be difficult when being jostled by a crowd, or shoot in shutter priority mode to use the fastest shutter speed you can.