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2014 St. Patricks' Day Parade in Detroit

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!


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  • JACK C.

    It was cold BUT fun…My first time out with my camera in quite a while…I was glad to meet Alex and see Ayana again. Way less crowded than last year…I'm sure the 20° temps scared many off!

    1 · March 16, 2014

    • Thomas N.

      Anyone posting pics? Love to see some???

      March 19, 2014

    • Ayana T M.

      Wow. I didn't realize nobody posted any pics!

      March 30, 2014

  • Lisa

    Yes, very fun but cold. I got there a little late but had great time. Parking was easy. My first time to the parade and I was surprised to see so many people. Interesting to learn that the crowds were down. I'll be looking forward to the next one.

    March 18, 2014

  • Alex

    Im standing at the corner porter and 6 th.

    March 16, 2014

  • Sandy L.

    Can't make it after all - working on a project that's due Monday. : (

    March 15, 2014

  • Thomas N.

    Hi, I won't be able to make it. Can someone let me know if Jack makes it to the Meetup? Also post pics and try to get something interesting for March Madness photo challenge. If you do get something for the photo challenge post the image to the March Madness page as well as on here. Have fun!!! Tom

    March 15, 2014

  • Melissa

    I'll be going with a different group tomorrow, leaving from Novi. I am looking forward to getting some photos! This will be my first time to the Parade.

    March 15, 2014

  • Debbie M.

    Love to be at the parade, but I decided to have a booth at the Dearborn winter Center Marketplace and it's 11-4. :-( Have fun!

    March 15, 2014

  • Thomas N.

    Anyone leaving from Ann Arbor????

    March 3, 2014

  • Thomas N.

    Hi how many people are planing on attending by his event? Please let me know in advance and I will try to print off name tags or send you the PDF of your name tag some can identify each other. That's the plan anyway..

    March 2, 2014

    • Thomas N.

      Im typing on my tablet sorry for the typos..

      March 2, 2014

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