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37. Photograph an Event

Before You Begin

1 About Photography

2 About Lighting


Probably the number-one reason amateur photographers take pictures is to record some kind of special event—a birthday, anniversary, reunion, parade, festival, convention, or other one-time happening. Before you lug your camera to the next event, make a plan so that you can get great-looking shots. For example, ask yourself what you want to do with the resulting photos. If you're planning on printing them, you'll need to use the highest resolution possible; if you simply want to share them with friends and relatives using email, you can go with a much lower resolution and capture more images on a single memory stick. If you are planning on creating a photo CD, make sure that you get a good cover shot—one that tells enough of the story to make the purpose of the CD obvious and yet still leaves room for text for the cover if desired. You might recycle some of the images for thank-you cards, t-shirt transfers, magnets, or even a scrapbook, so make out your laundry list of needed images before you go to the event.


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