How to shoot a large event (photography gear / workflow)

Jeff Geerling shooting photos with Nikon at Steubenville Youth Conference
Shooting with a Nikon D7100 and 70-200mm f/2.8 VR (photo by Sid Hastings).

I love taking pictures. Specifically, I love taking pictures at meaningful events where people show a range of emotions, and enjoy interesting environments and situations. I've been honored to help at a few large events year after year, such as the Ordination Masses for the Archdiocese of St. Louis, or the Steubenville St. Louis Mid-America youth conference, and I thought I'd try to write an article detailing my workflow with tips and techniques for other photographers getting into solo event photography.

Photography Weekend Part 1 - Packing My Gear

This weekend I'm heading to Steubenville St. Louis to photograph the weekend's events. There will be a wide variety of photo opportunities, from band shots/stage lighting, to outdoor portraits, to group shots and environmental shots. Thus, I will be needing almost all my gear to make sure I can have the versatility I need to get the pictures people want to see.

I'm going to try to document the whole process—packing up/readying my gear (in this post), getting outfitted with the equipment I need (once on location), processing photos, and then cleaning things up.

Nikon Roadtrip Gear
(Click on the photo to view a TON more detail about all the gear)

As you can see from the picture above, I pack relatively heavy. At least, for a solo photographer who doesn't do much commercial work :)

Online Store Added to Life is a

Ubercart - One Cart to Rule them AllAt long last, I've added a proper storefront to my website to facilitate purchases of different items I have been selling for many years... I typically get one or two orders per month for the Pro-Life bumper stickers I've made and sold since 2004, and instead of going through a lengthy back-and-forth email conversation to go over payment, shipping, etc., I figured a storefront would be much easier to manage.

The store is running on Ăśbercart 2.x on my Drupal site. It currently has very few products, but I'm thinking of posting a couple other items here and there (such as old camera parts), so I can sell them in one place rather than on Craigslist, eBay, word-of-mouth, etc. Makes payment handling much easier as well!

What do you think of the store? Check out all the product listings.