Shooting Stars: A Guide to Photographing Celebrities

Photographing celebrities from afar at events or up-close during portrait sessions, can be intimidating and challenging. Here are a few tips to help you ease into celebrity photography and help you shoot amazing images of stars.

  1. Be prepared
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You won’t have a lot of time to play with your camera settings when photographing celebrities. You must be quick on your feet and know your gear inside out. Do a quick image search of the celebrity you are shooting  to get a fair idea of the kind of shots to get. When shooting red carpet events, you will have to be extremely quick as celebrities don’t linger too long. Arrive early and do a location check. Set up your camera settings accordingly so that you don’t miss out on good shots.

  1. Shoot candid photographs
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While posed shots are great, candid shots of celebrities make for great photographs. When shooting celebrity events, blend in with the surroundings and focus on getting candid shots.  Candid shots show a different side to celebrities that we often don’t get to see.

  1. Be professional
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Don’t start a conversation with celebrities by professing your fandom. You need establish yourself as a serious professional photographer. Learn a little about the celebrity to find a good conversation starter. You can talk about how much you love their work after the shoot. Act calm and do your work diligently to establish a long-lasting professional relationship.

  1. Anticipate the perfect moments
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You need to anticipate moments, to capture great photographs. Study the body-language and mannerisms of celebrities. Observe how they react to situations. You will notice a pattern that you can leverage to capture picture-perfect moments. For instance, the look of surprise when a piece of news is broken or laughter when a joke is cracked are great moments to capture the energy of celebrities.

  1. Create a signature style
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There are many celebrity photographers out in the field. You need to have a distinct style to cut through competition. Work on creating a style that represents you. Make your images recognisable for the look you have created.

  1. Take control over editing and retouching
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It’s important that your images translate your vision. Hence, you need to take complete control over post-processing. You have a better understanding of the elements that need highlighting and the message that needs to be conveyed. A lot of the details would be lost in translation. Hence, be specific with how your image is seen by others.

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