Okay, you have to cover an event. First step, in my opinion, a really important step would be to case the venue.
It’s not a joking matter. In war, the one who knows the lay of the land is at a distinct advantage. No different here.
First thing I do is check out how the place is set up. I need to know where there’s going to be heavy traffic of human bodies so I can either seek out or avoid those places. Bottom line, there’s going to be a line to the comfort room but the action’s not there.
Next thing I look at is lighting. I don’t expect everyone to be able to memorize the locations where the disco lights intersect at a drop of a hat but seeing what the lighting can do is a very big thing. Great photos can be ruined ‘coz of bad lighting and photos you expected to be mediocre may just surprise you because the lighting was amazing.
In part two I’m gonna cover the idiosyncratic stuff I do but don’t expect everyone to try at once.