Shooting live events, whether they are concerts, sports games, conferences, or other performances, involves specific challenges and considerations. Here’s an overview of the process

Pre-Event Planning

1. Understanding the Event
  • Familiarize yourself with the event’s schedule, program, and key moments.
2. Location Scouting
  • Visit the event venue in advance to assess lighting conditions, potential shooting positions, and any restrictions.
3. Communication
  • Coordinate with event organizers to understand any specific rules or guidelines for media coverage.
4. Equipment Preparation
  • Ensure all necessary equipment is in working order, including cameras, lenses, microphones, and any additional gear.
5. Shot List
  • Develop a shot list based on the event schedule and key moments you want to capture.

On the Day of the Event

1. Arrival and Setup
  • Arrive early to set up your equipment and test all systems.
  • Secure necessary permissions or credentials.
2. Collaboration with Event Staff
  • Communicate with event organizers, security, and other staff to coordinate your movements and ensure a smooth shooting experience.
3. Positioning
  • Find optimal shooting positions that provide a clear view of the stage or key areas while being unobtrusive to the audience.
4. Camera Settings
  • Adjust camera settings based on lighting conditions, the type of event, and the desired visual style.
5. Continuous Shooting
  • Keep cameras rolling during key moments, capturing a variety of shots and angles to provide dynamic coverage.
6. Adaptability
  • Be prepared to adapt to unexpected changes in the event schedule or conditions.
7. Monitoring
  • Monitor audio levels, battery life, and other technical aspects throughout the event.


1. Media Transfer
  • Transfer footage and media to a secure location for backup and further processing.
2. Editing
  • Edit the footage to create a cohesive narrative or highlights reel.
3. Audio Enhancement
  • Enhance or clean up audio as needed.
4. Delivery
  • Deliver the final product to the client, event organizers, or relevant stakeholders.
5. Feedback
  • Gather feedback from the client or event organizers to improve future live event coverage.
6. Archiving
  • Archive all project files and footage for future reference.

It’s crucial to approach live event shooting with flexibility, adaptability, and attention to detail. The goal is to capture the essence of the event while minimizing disruptions to the live experience for the audience. Effective communication and collaboration with event organizers and staff are key to a successful live event shoot.