Shooting red carpet is a job. No, I’m not kidding. Photographers fight for their spot to photograph the stars (or supposed stars) and what they are aiming for is commission. Most of the time they don’t care if their shot is artistic or creative. They just need to capture the people on the list and what would sell.
Unfortunately, I’m not one of those photographers and so I let the ones who need to do what they want. I don’t grab the celebs or scream to them to look my way. I just take what I can and go on with it. Just because the events don’t call for you to be creative, doesn’t mean you can’t. I always try to find a way to squeeze a shot or two that is different.
Here is a shot of Joey Costa and his friends from the cast of House of Jazmin on MTV. Yes, I could have shot them in a group, but I ask Joey and his friends to stick their heads through the case. It turned out well and they love the shot.
Here this shot of a Li Cari model was actually shopping. I told her to continue shopping while I took a shot of her through the clothing rack. Trying to shoot from a different vantage point is a good way to shoot out of the norm, but that is what makes this shot interesting.
You can also use lighting to draw attention to the subject. Like the picture below, the subject would rather be dull if you hit them with a flash. Shooting them using the available lighting draws you to the girls talking on the side of the picture.
This one uses the lens flare and brokeh to draw attention to the subjects face. I don’t always go for the crisp clean well lit shots. Sometimes raising the ISO and keeping the lens flare in the photo is what makes the photo.
I also love shooting candid shots. The subjects to give an honest look which leads to the picture looking interesting.
Of course you still have to shoot the basic red carpet.
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Even on the red carpet you can do something a little fancy. Here I shot Monet Monico from P. Diddy’s Star Maker past the banner and composed her in the center, not a typical shot but still draws your attention.
Back to normal shots here is the Prodigal Son from Wu Tang Clan
Here is Miss California Tami Farrell
And of course I have to throw the candid celeb shot, here is Ian Ziering