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Ren Fair tips?

brandonransom 7:06pm, 14 August 2008
I'm going to the Ren Fair in Shakopee on Saturday, and need some advice. I went last year and ended up with a lot of extremely 'bleh' images, and although I've gotten better as a photographer over the past year, I'm still not sure what exactly to do in places with large crowds, such as a Ren Fair. Anyone have any pointers for crowds in general, and Ren Fairs specifically?
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If it were me, I would bring my 70-210mm lens and try to get some awesome candid shots of the various characters.
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K. Praslowicz 10 years ago
Ask yourself, "Am I close enough?" No matter what you think, say no and get closer. Getting close with your feet usually trumps getting closer with a zoom lens.

I find wide angles make crowds much easier to tame.
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Drew C 10 years ago
i'd definately go wide and up close and personal, especially at such an event as the renaissance fair. they'll be in your face so it should be easy.
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manley.josh 10 years ago
people do tend to look at telephoto's as intrusive. Bring a wide lens and try things a little off tilt. a slight angle might make goofy portraits more fun.

also bring a flash, just in case. You never know when a little fill light might be useful.
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Different perspective for sure... get down low and get crap on the ground and wide shots of people down low. Make them look like giants in a bizarre land.
Owen Fifield 10 years ago
People tend to joke about the festival. Find the individuals that make it real, and take their experience seriously, and capture them, as a believable insight into another age.
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K. Praslowicz 10 years ago
Shhh. I'm gravedigging for something else, and hit this thread.

Different perspective for sure... get down low and get crap on the ground and wide shots of people down low. Make them look like giants in a bizarre land.

I took this advice and didn't even know it. ;)

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