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Political rallies can be a crap shoot. Sometimes credentialed media get placed in preferred areas that give good views of the candidates) and other speakers. At other rallies, I have seen the press cordoned off to areas that limit what they can see and shoot. In the long run I think it would be beneficial to you to go through the process and apply for ...


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Thanks for all your advice! I went to the event yesterday, and I had a great time. The line to get in was extremely long, so I went around the back to get a press pass, which they gave me when I showed my ID. I got a few shots from the press area, then I was able to get within 10 feet of the podium, in the crowd. Secret Service checked my bag, but that was ...


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As a burgeoning political photographer who just shot a bunch of rallies for the first time in Iowa and New Hampshire, I can't speak to the ease or wisdom of getting a press pass, but there was never an issue getting my DSLR and lenses inside the event, nor was there a problem walking around during the event getting shots. You will be one of many ...


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I have a different tip (from experience, believe me, South America is dangerous...). Often rallies become riots. So, before the start of the event, scout the area to get to know its precise configuration, topography, buildings and other artifacts. With this info, plan your escape routes in advance, for when things get rough. Also, try to identify unusual ...


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Off beat suggestion: Get a second body that does the job and that you can afford to lose (D200, D300s, D80...), and only bring that ... then snap like you really don't care.


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This option wasn't available when you asked the question, but now that Nikon has introduced its Z-mount mirrorless system, that's the obvious upgrade path while still staying within the Nikon ecosystem. Any of the Z bodies coupled with the Nikon FTZ adapter will let you continue to use all your existing F-mount Nikon glass with the new camera. Mirrorless ...


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Don't try to get the shot everyone is trying to get, especially if they have better connections, gear or crew. Instead try to get the shots you're likely to be able to get and get the most out of them. Getting some nice shots of the speaker is important, but the rally isn't just about what is being said on stage - it's as much about the people that are ...


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