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Saturday, January 21, 2006

Event Photo Tips-- Use and Modify as needed

* Photograph party preparation and cleanup. Get shots of
the nicest food spreads before guests gobble them up;
click away at the decorations before they're trashed.
Afterward, present the pictures as gifts to the hosts.

* Concentrate on the most animated groups, but make
portraits of individuals, too.

* Look for groups that seem to hold together visually.
Avoid groups with individuals whose backs are to the
camera or who block the camera's view of others in the

* If the gathering is a rare or once-in-a-lifetime event
-- a family reunion, for example -- try to photograph
everyone there. If you leave someone out, you may
regret it later.

* Bring appropriate family and friends together for
loosely posed group portraits.

* Suggest making a group shot of everyone there.

* For better background detail with indoor party shots,
set your point-and-shoot to its slow-sync mode, if
possible, or if it doesn't offer this, fill-flash mode.

* Always have double sets of prints made. This gives you
one set to give away to the people you photograph, and
a second set to keep.