Updated: Apr 21
Loud music, bright lights and a lot of people dancing. Festivals are amazing to shoot as a festival photographer. But making photos at a festival can also be a challenge sometimes. It requires a lot of energy and focus, which is why it's important to find ways to stay creative and focused.
So in this video, I'll give you 3 tips that can help increase your creativity when photographing festivals, using Solar weekend festival as an example.
Did you already see my video about important photos to make while photographing a festival?
And interested in Techno Festival Photography? Check this video about how to photograph techno festivals.
Tip 1: Wear Earplugs at the festival
One of the biggest unconscious disturbances when photographing festivals is the noise. Wearing earplugs can help cancel out the noise and create more brain capacity for you to think. By blocking out the noise, you can focus on capturing the visual elements of the festival, and allow yourself to be more creative with your shots. In addition, it is also important to prevent hearing damage.
Tip 2: Don't forget to have fun when photographing the festival
Festivals are all about having fun, and as a photographer, I believe that it's good to try and be part of this fun, in a professional way. Whether it's having a chat, giving a genuine compliment, or showing a photo you took of visitors, having these in-between moments can put you in a positive flow of energy. By staying positive, you can put this energy back into your creativity, and by having interaction you can sometimes create some truly unique photos.
Tip 3: Ask Yourself Questions about the festival
When you find yourself running out of creative ideas, it's essential to start asking yourself questions: Asking questions like
'What if I missed?"
"How can I take photos that tell a story?" and
"What makes this event unique?"
can help you stay focused and motivated. By asking yourself these questions, you can find new perspectives to make photos that will contribute to the rest of the festival photography serie.
To sum it up, festival photography can be a challenging yet very rewarding experience. By following these three tips, you can increase your creativity and produce some truly unique photos. Remember to wear earplugs, have fun, and ask yourself questions. By doing so, you'll be able to capture the energy and excitement of festivals, and create images that truly stand out.
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