Basic Tips For Shooting Venues With A Wide Lens

Words : Moment

Venues with large groups of people, especially stadiums, can result in amazing shots on the Wide lens. The context of people and light and shape are really fun to experiment with.


PLAYING WITH SUNLIGHT


Shooting at a stadium during the golden hour can be incredible, especially in stadiums with long, extended arch designs and unique roof designs .  The long shadows create a dynamic contrast, and you can use the lighting to focus the viewer’s attention on different aspects of the stadium.  Every 5 minutes, the light changes, so you can capture a lot of different images all from the same location.  Try adjusting the contrast and highlights in post to give the shot an HDR feel. Or boost the contrast to really make the illuminated areas pop.

Jeff Marsh

Gs Wide 8C
Gs Wide 8D
Gs Wide 8A

Shooting artificial lighting


Shooting at venues can be difficult while you're working in the dark. It is important to take advantage of the available light since flash is usually not allowed. Try to capture the personality of the artist with small bursts of light for a well exposed and composed image. Avoiding colors such as blue and red can be beneficial because editing these colors out become more time consuming - resulting in just going to black and white. 

- Irma Ali


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PUTTING THE VENUE IN CONTEXT


The best spot to capture the entire stadium setting is from a corner of the stadium, at the highest possible vantage. Shooting from the corner helps narrow the view, so you can fit everything into a single frame. When you are elevated from the playing field, it allows to show the grandeur of the setting, and makes the playing field seem quite small. You are also able to get a better angle on the sunset, the surrounding cityscape, and the fans below.

Jeff Marsh


Gs Wide 9C
Gs Wide 9A
Gs Wide 9B

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