Advanced Event Photography Tips You've Never Heard
Pre-select your focal point
Rather than waiting for the viewfinder to reach your eye, consider where the point of focus will be and use your camera’s focus point controller to set it. Keep in mind, this will require you to develop the vision required to conceive your composition prior to seeing what you will see in you viewfinder. With practice this becomes intuitive. You will find yourself automatically adjusting your focus point.
Shoot with both eyes
While one eye frames your shot, use your other eye to monitor the action.
Doing so improves your timing as you’re no longer viewing what’s in front of you through the tunnel of your viewfinder. Additionally you are able to monitor the space for other potential images.
Read the room
Follow the energy. This is not hocus pocus. Do not overthink it. Follow the energy for more interesting candids.
Have you learned to follow the energy? Good. Now it's time to predict a smile.
watch the eyes and anticipate the pause
Time your shot ahead of the peak of action
Your motor skills has a delay. Your camera has a delay from the moment you press the shutter button and the moment it makes an image, albeit small. Experiment with timing your image just before the peak of action to counteract that delay.