My brother and I attended our first MIAS – Manila International Auto Show 2017 last 01 April which was held at World Trade Center Metro Manila, Philippines.
It was a very sunny summer day. We arrived via an excellent UBER ride by demand at World Trade Center in Pasay City where the MIAS 2017 is being held.
To wet the appetite, 4×4’s parked just in front the venue gate. Click!
I got a ticket to “ride” … let’s go inside …
Got in … ticket booth on far back far left … “early birds” benefit a lot …
thug… thug… thug… DJ spinning supplying the event music …
Busy DJ … Don’t Disturb the Groove
Photography Tips (based on my experience)
– Haste makes waste. Always prepare in advance (foresight) with the readiness of your camera, accessories. Do it right the first time.
– For events photography, make it a point to shoot points of human interest outside/inside the event/venue. This technique starts up the storyline using still pictures. That’s a total eight images which serve as beginning/introductory in my case. There are no limits on the images. The best behind the scene images are when you have access to the venue and photo document the preparatory activities before the event proper.
– Prepare for an indoor camera shooting mode wherein usual indoor lighting is not sufficient and will require adjusting your camera settings. There are also situations when indoor lighting is excessive. I use manual preset all the time so that I have full control.
– I brought a camera Speedlight and improvised an off-camera mount using my tripod head. This is matched with a wireless radio trigger mounted on my camera and on the improvised mount.
– Always make sure to charge your Speedlight batteries in full. Bring another set of spare batteries for the camera and a speedlight.
– Always check that you have enough camera memory cards. I use one (1) Extreme PRO SDHC/SDXC UHS-I Memory Card and a 16 GB Exceria Type 2 SDHC™ SD Cards – TOSHIBA Memory. My Nikon has two (2) separate slots which allow (2) memory cards.
Once inside… it’s officially Manila International Auto Show time!!!
– Know your camera settings very well. There is no room for guess work. Take a couple test shot/s.
– Take isolation shots using a wide angle lens. I use a Tokina 11-16 f/2.8, a prime lens so I can capture wide stills. Frame well your shots and take note of the composition. Rule of thirds are best
– DLSR’s has a limit in terms of its ISO noise. So, to prevent noise I make it a point not to exceed ISO 800.
– I never shoot manual. I always shoot in AF (auto-focus mode). Since the venue’s noise level is kinda loud, I also adjust the camera beeper to be louder so I will know if I got an autofocus lock. It’s a personal preference.
Mobile ready – smartphone, charger, Google Map, etc.,
Travel Light. Don’t haul unnecessary camera gear.
Get enough rest/sleep.
Eat – breakfast, lunch, dinner.
Be always aware of personal spaces, pockets, unattended belongings.
Up next… soon ….Part II (Concluding Part) How the Manila International Auto Show 2017 Can Make You Better In Taking Car Show Images (car show models debut)
Photo equipment I utilized to photo-document the event:
Nikon SB-700 AF Speedlight
Tokina 11-16mm f/2.8
Sigma 18-3mm Art f/1.8
Gioto Tripod head + without legs as strobe mount
Extreme PRO SDHC/SDXC UHS-I Memory Card
16 GB Exceria Type 2 SDHC™ SD Cards – TOSHIBA Memory