Learn, Practice, and Master the Principles of Successful Event Photography
Love photography? Want to brush up on your photojournalism skills at a live event? Under the guidance and instruction of professional photographer, James Staddon, HEAV’s convention photography team will give intermediate photographers the opportunity to take the position of event photographer for a few days!
Event photography is more challenging than most other genres of photography. Learning hands-on during the convention, you will practice techniques on
- effectively capturing the moment,
- quickly posing people or groups,
- creating consistently bright and sharp images in difficult lighting situations, and
- expediting the post-processing workflow to meet time-sensitive deadlines.
And you’ll learn all this while honing the art of photography etiquette, learning the balance between boldness and discretion, and developing biblical perspective necessary for all areas of photography!
Begins Thursday, June 5, at 2 p.m.*, and ends Saturday, June 7, at 6:30 p.m.
Ages 15 or older
$69 per participant who is registered for the convention
$99 per participant who is not registered
Registration is closed.
*There will be an introductory workshop on Thursday at 2 p.m. On Friday and Saturday, assignments will be finalized in the morning, training and shooting assignments will occur during the day, and batch image processing will be done in the evening. The schedule will encompass the entirety of the convention, with flexibility to be present at those workshops or events you’d like to attend.
Evaluating Your Skill Level
Without doing any research, on a scale of one to five—with one being “I’ve never heard of it before” and five being “I could easily teach it”—how would you rate your knowledge of the following ten photography terms: metering, aperture, shutter speed, ISO, focal length, focus mode, focus points, overexposed, exposure compensation, and white balance.
If your average score over all ten terms is two or higher, then joining the convention photography team would be a great “next step” toward increasing your skills as a photographer!
Items to bring:
DSLR Camera (required)
Laptop computer and photo-editing software. If possible, download the 30-day free trial of Adobe Photoshop Lightroom a few days before the convention. (recommended, but not required.)
Q. How do I know if I’m at an “intermediate level”?
A. There are no hard lines between levels of experience on a photographer’s journey from their “first fascination” with photography to that high and lofty status of “pro photographer.” For our purposes, however, you should have a working knowledge of the basic functions of your camera and be at least moderately familiar with terms such as aperture, shutter speed, and metering—along with the other terms listed above.
The focus of this track is to help you take what you already know and apply it to the art of overcoming the unique challenges that come with covering a large event. To evaluate yourself for this event, please take a moment to gauge your own experience level by rating your knowledge as described above. You should have an average score of two or higher.
Q. What skills do I need in order to participate in the photography track?
A. Photographers should already be familiar with their cameras, knowing how to focus, how to change between the different shooting modes, and what a majority of the buttons on their camera do. It’s also advantageous to have people skills and…patience. While it would be helpful, no prior knowledge of shooting events is required.
Q. What will I be learning during the workshop?
A. You will learn how to meet the demands of covering a large event, quickly pose people or groups, create consistently bright and sharp images in difficult lighting situations, and establish a time-effective post-processing workflow for meeting time-sensitive deadlines. We will also cover the principles of photojournalism, event photography etiquette, and Christian convictions in art.
Q. How should I wear?
A. Modest dress is required—no tight clothing, midriff tops, mini-skirts, plunging necklines, or bare shoulders. Casual business attire is always appropriate. Knee-length or longer hemlines are recommended for ladies. Wear comfortable shoes, as photographers will be walking a lot.
Q. Can I participate in other activities along with the photography workshop?
A. Yes. The assignments will float around the other opportunities that you would like to participate in during the conference, such as listening to favorite speakers, attending the keynotes, or visiting the Exhibit Hall. Assignments will be set up in such a way that the photographers can shoot during the times that are best for them, while shooting as often (or not) as they would like.
Exception: Because both programs are all-day events, it would not be possible to register for both Generation Joshua’s teen program and the photography team.
Q. May I just sit in on instruction times and not participate in shooting assignments?
A. Yes. You are welcome to join us without participating in shooting assignments. However, most times of instruction will be impromptu and one-on-one, based on the situations you find yourself in while on assignment. You will get much more from the program if you are an active participant.
Q. What if more than one person in my family wants to attend but we only have one DSLR and one laptop?
A. While having one camera and one laptop per person provides the greatest flexibility, you can certainly make one camera and one laptop work between two people if they are willing to share and work their parts of the schedule so assignment times do not overlap. The rate per person stays the same.
Q. How will my pictures be used?
A. HEAV will retain the perpetual right to use, print, and publish any images taken during the course of the workshop.
Q. What if I just want to learn basic photography?
A. Before jumping into the hands-on, practice-saturated track at the convention, do everything you can to learn and become familiar with the basic stuff of photography through personal, self-motivated study and research. Don’t know what a word means? Google it! Don’t remember why you were supposed to use a certain setting? Figure out why!
I suggest finding a photographer whose work you want to emulate and following them virtually through their blog or courses they offer and recommend. There is an overwhelming wealth of knowledge online that you can jump into at any time, and—together with consistent practice—keeping in touch over time with a mentor will help you sort out what’s best for your learning speed and style.