Photographing Blue Grass Arts and Craft Festivals, and Other Special Events

How to Capture Memorable Pictures at Fairs, Festivals, Parades, And More!

by Kerry Drager

Bluegrass Girl
Bluegrass Girl
© Tammy L. Bevins
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Tips for Photographing Blue Grass Arts and Craft Festivals and Other Events

  • Get there early. Arriving when the "gates" open allows time to scout out things in a casual, pre-event atmosphere. You'll appreciate this strategy later, when the action is happening oh-so-very fast.

  • Most festival goers - and photographers! - gather near the easy-to-reach "main stage" area. But great photo possibilities can be found on the less-hectic fringes, too – far beyond the announcer’s stand.

    Secrets at a Parade
    Secrets at a Parade
    © Julio C. Guzman
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  • What happens when your star subject is surrounded by spectators? Try patience and previsualizing: Study things from afar, and imagine your composition by "framing" a photo in your mind. Then you'll be ready to move in when the people move on.

  • Strive for visual variety. Look for small scenes and intimate details ... not just people and the big views. Also, mix things up with both horizontals and verticals.

  • Pack light. Try to visualize the types of photos you might want to shoot. Then pare down your camera bag to minimum accessories and just one or two lenses. Of course, that's easy to do if you have a compact digital with a built-in zoom!

  • Expect to take more pictures than you planned. So include an extra memory card or film.


    Balloon Festival 3
    Balloon Festival 3
    © Susan and Neil Silverman
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    Resources on Photographing Blue Grass Arts and Craft Festivals - And Other Special Events

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      About Author / Instructor / Photographer, Kerry Drager
      Photography Instructor: Kerry Drager
      Kerry Drager is a professional photographer, teacher and writer who is also the co-author of two books: The BetterPhoto Guide to Creative Digital Photography and The BetterPhoto Guide to Photographing Light. He has taught many photography courses (online and in person), seminars and field workshops.

      Be sure to check out Kerry's website - www.kerrydrager.com.

      Also, he is the author of Scenic Photography 101, the photographer of the photo-essay books The Golden Dream: California from Gold Rush to Statehood and California Desert , a contributor to the books BetterPhoto Basics and Daybreak 2000, and a co-photographer of Portrait of California. In addition, Kerry was profiled in the April 1994 issue of Outdoor Photographer magazine and in Vik Orenstein's 2010 book The Photographer's Market Guide to Building Your Photography Business, and his website was showcased in the January 2003 issue of Shutterbug magazine. Plus, his work has appeared in magazines, Hallmark cards and Sierra Club calendars, and in advertising campaigns for American Express and Sinar Bron Imaging.

      Also follow Kerry on Facebook, where he posts photos several times a week that include shooting tips and thoughts.

      Kerry lives with his wife, Mary, on California's Central Coast, with their three Newfoundland dogs, four cats, and a mixed terrier.


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