As a photographer, you have a responsibility when you are shooting social events. Some tips are
- Ask permission each and every time to take a snap (exception below); get all the subject’s attention saying something like ‘Hey Guys, …..’ or wave your hand overhead as you look into the viewfinder
- Make sure everyone is looking at the camera and only then click
- Do not publish a photo if every one in the photo is not looking at the camera unless you are capturing a special moment
- Look out for those bug-a-boos such as part of the head cut off, or someone’s hand sticking into the frame even though they aren’t a subject
- There should be a sense of balance when you look at it. This is subjective, of course. Photos with people tend to be off-balance when the subjects are dispersed in the photo and doing different things, for example
- Food on one’s plate, unless is well-arranged should never be part of the frame. A purposeful shot of food, say, before someone starts eating can make an interesting shot.
- Avoid snapping photos are someone is putting food into their mouth
- With smart phone cameras starting to displace the consumer/prosumer cameras, you should notice that a lot of areas is compressed into the shot, which makes it uninteresting due to lack of details. A landscape shot is okay with a smart phone, but aim the same lens on a party and the photo appears to have a lack of purpose.
- In the end, you responsibility as a photographer at a social event, is to make each and all look great in a photo. It involves spending time to edit the snaps before publishing.