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Yes, all those flashes are from people who don't know any better, usually using point and shoots or full auto mode. Those flashes do not help the resulting image in any way, but today's cameras (thankfully?) manage to get an acceptable image anyway (probably with the same settings it would have used for no flash auto mode), a few years ago each of those ...


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A few suggestions: Take pictures constantly - not just to increase the chance you happen to 'grab one', but people eventually forget the camera is there if it's out constantly. You lose being able to capture the moments when the only time they see the camera is that special moment. I tend not to ask people to move, but I re-position myself. If there is ...


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I did a quick photo booth for my wife's bridal shower. The setup was for it to be staff by someone simply making sure everyone was in the frame, pressing the shutter, and making sure the strobes didn't go to sleep. What type of lighting setup would be needed? You'll ideally want a 2-3 strobe setup. Umbrellas are ideal for diffused light and multiple ...


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99% amateurs don't know or want to change the auto settings.


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I can't find anything, but I remember reading that when the Olympics were at Salt Lake City, during the opening ceremonies disposable film point-n-shoots were given to every single spectator, and they were asked to take photos throughout the event. The goal was not to get people to take photos, but to get the flashes to go off, which looked pretty ...


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I shoot a lot of events and weddings. These are times when family and friends will want to also take photographs. This of course is not a problem. I have been in their shoes a few times and who wouldn't want to take photos at this time. Normally guests taking pictures is not a worry for me. Firstly most people with a point and shoot just want a quick snap ...


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Lowepro S&F belt system This system of belt and pouches provides a soultion to lens storeage needs withour requiring a bag as such. You would use pouches to store lenses attached to the belt, when you need to change lens, take it off pop it in a pouch, take the other lens out and pop it on. This system also means that you do not need to have the lens ...


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Super-low-tech (or very high tech but we take it for granted: Take a photo of the card either immediately after a photo sequence it relates to and/or ensure that the subject is visible in the background. It's not 'automated' but if the card fills a majority of the frame then the card images will be easy to spot and extract when all photos are viewed in ...


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At a class reunion I attended a little over a year ago, there was such a photo booth. The owners actually made an enclosed booth with curtains on the doors. It was modular in two pieces for transport and they assembled it on site. The back half was the bench that the patrons sat on, the doors for the curtains, as well as the backdrop. They had a single ...


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Assuming that your camera has an APS-C sensor (18-55mm IS kit lens tells me that it does), the 50mm f/1.8 is probably a good bet for shooting portraits. Typically a photographer wants to use something around 85mm-100mm (on a full frame sensor) for a nice sharp portrait. Since your camera is APS-C and probably multiplies the focal length by 1.6x, you're ...


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Sighting J Lance's answer from your previous question "Are photo releases necessary when using event photos in my portfolio?" The same holds true here. If in a public place, the "public" has no right to stop you from publishing work. Guardians of a minor may withhold names out of protection or fear, but you have every right to photograph them. When I'm ...


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See this article by Robert Bieber that does what you want. He gave to each person he photographed a business card sized slip with a URL, a unique alphanumeric code, and a matching QR code printed on it. He also made sure to take a photograph of the person holding the slip, making sure the QR code was clearly visible. Starting the next day, the persons ...


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For tips you could start with the generic: What are your easiest photography beginner tips? Specific Event Tips For your specific situation, I would recommend scouting the location at the same time of day that the christening is. Do this so you can have an idea of the lighting conditions and also give yourself some ideas of possible locations to shoot. ...


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A Christmas party is basically an indoor low-light event, already pretty well covered by earlier questions here. The scene is very similar to an indoor wedding. so most of wedding tips should apply here as well. Specifically addressing your points: Getting fun photos where people look natural at arrival is probably the hardest, because people are not in ...


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The "Olympic Journey" exhibition at the Royal Opera House this summer had much the same problem, only with the Olympic torch rather than the FA Cup. As far as I can tell they went for your bespoke solution: a simple PHP website where you could enter your unique code and retrieve your photo. The site is still up, at http://theolympicjourneytorchphoto.com. As ...


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There are two types I know of Sling Backpack These you wear like a backpack, but they are made so that you can twist them around to your side or front to easily remove a camera or extra lens. Popular ones are made by Kata and Lowepro Rotating Belt Pack I've seen these before, not sure which model, but like this one from Think Tank. They are like a ...


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With the advent of the 5D mkIII and the subsequent price reduction on the mkII, I think I would be buying a 5D mkII instead. The biggest reason would be comparable output, though if you had the money, a mkIII and mkII combo would be better. Net effect, the original 5D is simply passed by and I wouldn't consider it. As an aside, I made a similar decision ...


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What are you looking for in your second body? Backup in case first body fails? Ability to use two cameras a once; One with a 135 f/2 one with a 50 f/1.4? Ability to use same lens on different camera but get a different look? Ability to use same lens on different camera but get the same look? You need and choice of a 2nd body may change depending on your ...


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At my 30th year high school reunion we had a photo booth. That is, an actual booth that people sat in and had four quick photos taken by an automated camera system connected to a laptop that displayed the four images after they were taken. There was even a white diffusion panel with a light behind it above the camera. There was a box of props nearby with ...


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I don't think there's any way to set exposure so that other possible flashes would be taken into account, or synchronize the flashes. As you say, overlapping happens only from time to time, so shoot at max sync speed to minimize likelihood of having other flashes fire during your exposure. Going above max sync speed (i.e. using high-speed sync) would not ...


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Shoot a couple of shots as quickly as you can -- a few will collide with others, but given the short duration of a flash, you don't need very many shots to get some that are all right. An external battery pack like a Quantum Turbo for your flash can help a lot to keep the cycle time short so you can get a number of shots quickly. If you were willing to use ...


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Another bag type that MikeW didn't mention is the messenger bag style, like the Lowepro Exchange Messenger or the Tamrac Rally 5. They'll generally hold 2-5 lenses and a camera body, and give you quick, one-handed access to your gear. They also don't look too much like camera bags. On the flip side, they'll swing around when you lean forward and they can ...


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It sounds to me like you are really asking "How does a event photographer produce images that look spontaneous but are technically great?" The key is not to think of these two things as separate things. With experience, and great equipment, you can produce images that look like they were spontaneous, but have excellent lighting, emotion, framing, subjects, ...


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Thank you for your suggestions and opinions, everyone! I called a few photographers in my area and decided to charge $200 for three hours at this small outdoor event, including edits and a DVD. I chose this amount because it's about a hundred dollars cheaper than the professionals, which takes into account: I'm new, don't have an assistant, and the client is ...


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You're probably getting hungry quickly again because you're eating simple carbs — sugars and white grains. When I'm out shooting for a long time and know I won't get a break, I usually shove a few protein bars in with my camera gear. Look for ones that are relatively low in sugar — a good general tip is to avoid anything that says "energy!" as that's usually ...


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I know this is an old post, but there are professional solutions out there that do exactly what the OP is asking for. There are three main products that make up the largest portion of onsite event photography software: 5 Minute Photo, Photo Parata, and EPS. If you have lines of people and want them to view and order images onsite using one or more viewing ...


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That so many flashes are going off is part of the explanation: just keep shooting. The problem is that the flash can fire and light the scene faster than your camera can meter and keep up; it's just changing too fast. You just need to keep shooting in anticipation of getting something usable.


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I like your idea of having cards with unique QR codes on. What works for you depends very much on what you want to achieve. The commercial event software may well be best if you want to use this to make money. I have a system that works well enough for me without too much work. My "day job" is as an electrical design engineer, but I photograph various ...


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I have the same 3 lenses that you mention with the Canon 550D and a Metz flash. I've found that the 18-55mm kit lens does quite well when stopped down to f/8 and used with the flash indoors (bounce flash in particular). Make sure that you have the portrait picture style preset in use if shooting JPEG to make the portraits look warm. The lens covers the ideal ...


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I'd take all three lenses with me. Since you don't mention it, I'm going to assume that you don't have an external flash and only the built-in one. The built-in flash will help you in a pinch, but it's not very powerful and it doesn't look very good. I would aim to either not use the flash or use it only for a little fill. First, if it's indoors and dimly ...


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