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Preparing to take photos at special events

Written by Gail Bjork

Going on a holiday? Attending a special event? Here’s what to do to prepare for taking great shots with a digital camera.

Birthday wishThere is no better way to preserve memories of the special moment in your life, and to share them with others than capturing them with photos.

The suggestions in this section will help you to prepare for the event and then take great shots once you’re there.

We begin by offering a few general suggestions:

Before the event

  • Take a series of test shots to make sure your digital camera is functioning.
  • Review camera settings you are most likely use; for inside events be particularly aware of the ISO and white balance.
  • Set the camera to its best file size and resolution settings.
  • Clean your camera, make sure the lens is free from dust and finger prints.
  • Bring extra, fully charged batteries.
  • Make sure you have enough memory card capacity.
  • If you have two cameras, bring both so you have a backup if one fails.

At the event

  • Arrive early and take several test photos.
  • Case the joint, so you know the best locations to take photos. Make sure lighting is adequate at each location.
  • Set up any camera equipment, such as a tripod, before the event begins.

About the author

Gail Bjork

Gail Bjork, who is passionate about digital photography, is the owner and editor of Digicamhelp.Gail is the author of three illustrated ebooks about digital photography. A number of her photos and digital photography related articles appear at other websites.In 2006, a series of her photos, People in the Louvre, were exhibited at the Underground Photo Gallery
in Iisalmi Finland. Eight of her photos taken in the Florida scrub are on permanent exhibition at Parrish Medical Center in Titusville, Florida.Gail served twelve years as an elected member of The School Board of Palm Beach County, Florida, one of the largest school districts in the U.S. She has also been the editor of a small town newspaper and a free-lance writer. Gail and her husband owned and ran several small businesses.