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Memorial Day Weekend Photography/Videography Shooting Ideas

Tips & Tricks

If you’re lucky enough to have a long weekend coming up, seize the opportunity to get some valuable shooting time in. If you’re stuck indoors there are still a few things you can accomplish to make this short break a productive one. Here’s 10 great activities for new and seasoned photographers and videographers alike.

1) Get Reflective

Avoid the traffic, the crowds, and the madness for awhile and spend some quality time with the ones you love: your camera and lens. Fire up some new romances while you’re at it – after all, Memorial Day is a free rental day!

2) Build a Photobooth

Photobooths are one of the more efficient ways to capture the life of any get together without having to be the “event photographer” the entire time. If you’re new to photobooths, now’s the time to practice (your family and friends will love it even if it’s your first one). Try our  Photobooth Essentials to get started. We also have a swank Drop It Modern backdrop you can try.

3) Get Some Exercise

Want a workout? Rent a rig. You’ll build some muscle in no time while harnessing creativity.

4) Pack Well

If you’re air traveling, don’t check your gear! It will end in tears. Get a bag that is carry-on approved.

5) Embrace Your Inner Hybrid

Cameras like the Panasonic Lumix GH3 and GH4 are fantastic at shooting both stills and video. Becoming versatile with both will improve your marketability.

6) Learn to Light Paint

Light painting is fun and requires inexpensive materials to accomplish. Check out this tutorial by Olympus Trailblazer Jamie MacDonald on how to enhance your everyday pictures with this unique lighting style.

7) Get it on Record

Take some time this weekend to register your gear on Lenstag. All of the big camera rental companies use it along with thousands of professional and amateur photographers and videographers. You can flag your stuff as stolen or even see what blogs are using your images without permission.

8) Get Weird

Practice shooting stuff you are not used to shooting with gear you’ve never tried before, whether it is for action/sports, posed portraits, or  exploring street photography. Get out of your comfort zone and experiment.

9) Go Small or Go Home

Find out what all the fuss is about with all of these mirrorless cameras, like the Sony RX series cameras. You can capture some great images with less, like Tristan Pott has with the Canon EOS-M and Court Leve has with the RX10. Video has shrunk as well without sacrificing quality, like with the Blackmagic Pocket Cinema Camera (though once you dress it up with video support systems it’s not so pocket-sized anymore). Don’t rely on the phone this weekend – capture some footage that will last.

10) Have Fun

Whether you’re trying some new gear out or simply learning to use your own gear more effectively, be sure to experiment, have fun, and challenge yourself. Need more get-up-and-go? Here’s more on staying inspired as a photographer  and some tips and inspiration from 10 pro photographers.

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…though maybe don’t have THIS much fun!

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Cortigiano is a food, lifestyle, and event photographer with a contemporary aesthetic. She received an undergraduate degree in photography at Drexel University and has gone on to work as a freelance photographer and teaching artist in the San Francisco Bay Area.

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