What's not to love about a parade? Detroits' Annual St. Patricks' Day Parade is March 16th at 12 noon EST. Bring your camera and let's make some fun, festive photos together!
SHOOTING TIPS: Parades are always a challenge to shoot. It's very different than just standing and watching the parade and taking an occassional snapshot...If you want to get GREAT shots you have to be fluid and move with the parade. This starts before the parade even begins. Try getting closer to the staging area for the parade...Candid shots in the staging area can be quite interesting...Also, by shooting before the parade begins, you're already "warmed up" once the action starts! It also gives you an idea as to what to expect once the parade begins...Working your way along the parade route gives you opportunities to shoot the crowd of parade-watchers...Once the parade is finished it's easy to approach costumed paraders and ask for posed shots. Equipment-wise I would travel light...One camera body and a good travel zoom lens...Tripods are not necessary and will only get in the way...I'd bring along an off-camera flash...Try under exposing the shot and using fill flash for your subject...One of my favorite techniques at an event like this is to get creative with my white balance as well...Cool down the overall white balance and use a warming gel on your flash to illuminate your subject with warm light...Gives a great effect! Good walking shoes are always a good idea!