Long exposure shots at events

Hello community,

I want to share with you my way of shooting events, parties, concerts...or similar exhibition where lighting is interesting.

So my story begins when I want to make photos a little more interesting and unusual. First, I don't use very expensive gear. The body is Canon 7D mark I, with Sigma 17-50mm f2.8. This combo I mostly use on these kinds of shootings. And of course, the flash is Yongnuo 685.

To avoid these kinds of regular look photos,

Young people make a party at birthday event, looks very playful and singing

I put some "magic" inside of my manual settings of camera and flash and get these results.

Young people make a party at birthday event, looks very playful and singing

Young people make a party at birthday event, looks very playful and singing

Young people make a party at birthday event, looks very playful and singing

From my perspective, these photos are more interesting, not boring and have the specific look of colors and lighting effects.

Settings of camera and flash (Depends on the lighting condition):

Camera:

-The shutter is set from 0.4 - 0.6 sec.

-ISO is approximately at 1000

-Aperture is approximately at f4

Flash:

-Is on manual

-Approximate power 1/8 - 1/4

-Sync is at second curtain

Note: When press the shutter button, move your camera left or right, or make a circle or any move you like. But do not move the camera too fast. Make a few test shots first to feel the amount of movement you can make with shutter speed you set.

I hope this is helpful for those people who want to add some different looks and mood at photos.

Love to hear your opinion about this kind of photographs. And if you have any questions about this technique, do not hesitate to leave a comment down below.

Wish you all the good lighting.

Sincerely, Boky

Photo credits: Bojan Jeremic.

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March 27, 2019

BokyJ

@Gsamit Yes, of course, you're right. On the whole event, I only took a few photos of this type and the rest are regular photos.

March 26, 2019

Gsamit

Ehh...I admire the creativity, however from a practical standpoint I do not believe the people paying you want this type of image.

March 25, 2019

Williamwise1

While drunk college students aren't my normal subjects (lol), the technique sure will look great with nocturnal wildlife too. Thanks for sharing the tips! William.

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