I shoot dozens of events a year, ranging from corporate seminars, academic workshops, weddings and music concerts, and I like to incorporate special techniques when shooting Event Photography Portraits.
Rather than shoot events straight documentarian or photo journalistic style, I approach events with traditional elements of portraiture. I feel this captures the moments of the event with a unique quality you don’t usually see; a quality that that carries a truth that typical point and shoot photography misses.
I achieve this by shooting almost all available light, with minimal flash. This requires knowledge of room color temperature and available light characteristics. I also shoot with portrait lenses such as the canon 135 f 2 lens. This allows low light shooting and achieves a narrow depth of field you can’t get with a zoom lens. It does require a little more planning on where you are shooting in relation to the subject, but for me the results are worth it.