Event Photography settings were used while photographing the Local Ambition Season VIII Red Carpet Premier by Always Late TV. The lighting was perfect on the red carpet but outside the red carpet area was dark.

Sony A7SII Camera settings for photos: ISO 50, Shutter Speed 1/200, Aperture F 1.8, Flash TTL (Auto)
Sony A7SII Camera settings for hand-held video: 24 FPS, ISO Auto, Shutter Speed 1/50, Aperture F 1.8

It was at the Marcus Ronnie’s Cinema and like most theaters the hallways leading to the different shows were lighted with soft-dim bulbs. This let your eyes get acclimated to the dark before entering the theater because the actual theater rooms are even darker. Matt Schmitt from Artist United Network set up the red carpet stage and it was like a slice of Hollywood was added to the cinema that night.

Since the lighting was dark, I used on-camera-flash set on automatic also known as TTL. Quick note, when you are in TTL and want the camera to do the flash calculations automatically, set the exposure to zero. If you, lets say, set your flash power to (1) it will flash at (1) canceling out TTL mode (automatic mode). Again, the flash in TTL Mode must be set at zero for the flash to go off at different lighting levels.

Event Photography is pretty simple really. Shoot as much as you can so you have a lot to choose from. For every 1000 pictures I take, only about 150 of them will turn out. Some wedding photographers take thousands of pics due to this. You just don’t know what you got until you get home. Some people call this spray-and-pray but this ideology, even though frowned upon with some photographers, hasn’t let me down yet.

My advice, especially if you are still new, take as many photos and clips as possible. You can never have too many pictures or clips. Here are a few sample pictures of the event below.

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