Photographing on the Red Carpet Tips

By Matthew Bamberg / Jan 8, 2007

Hey readers of Digital Art Photography for Dummies, check out my pics of Brad, Cate and Kate at the Palm Springs International Film Festival. I’m reporting about it with text, image and message all week long!

Taking pics of these events can be tricky.

If you’re ever on the run after some celebrities on the red carpet or anywhere else follow these tips:

1. Set your camera to multiple picture shooting mode (on a Canon it looks like a deck of blank cards on the LCD screen). 2. In low light situations turn your flash on and set your camera to the running man in auto-mode. Best to get an attachable flash unit and aim light above subject downward to avoid getting shadows. 3. In high light situations at night set your camera to a high ISO and turn off your flash. 4. You shouldn’t hand-hold at shutter speeds slower than the focal length of the lens. 50mm lens = 1/50th sec etc. 5. You can purchase a monopod so that you can extend your shutter time a bit without blur. Here’s an article to show you how to use this beast.

About the author

Matthew Bamberg

Matthew Bamberg has provided photographs and written articles for various Southern California newspapers and magazines, including The Desert Sun and The Press-Enterprise. More recently, Matt has been teaching at UC Riverside while also authoring several books like the Quick and Easy Secrets book series (Cengage), Killer Photos with Your iPhone (with Kris Krug and Greg Ketchum, Cengage), the 50 Greatest Photo Opportunities in San Francisco (Cengage) and Digital Art Photography For Dummies (Wiley).

  • Anonymous

    Hey Matt

    Great shots! Rubbing elbows with the R&F, eh? Good on ya tiger. Keep up the good smooze.
    Keenan