EOS World Community Ambassador, Eldridge Chang, has great expertise in capturing event photography. He documented the SEA Games in 2015 and was involved in other sporting events such as the 8th ASEAN Para Games and the Singapore Open for Bowling. Here are a few tips from him on how to capture stunning photos at the Prudential Marina Bay Carnival 2019!

The Prudential Marina Bay Carnival, famed for being the “largest scale of its kind”, is back bigger than ever! With the return of the carnival since it last held on 22 December 2018, it will be open for the public until 24 March 2019. Perfect for the young and young at heart, this carnival brings joy, laughter and certainly invokes a competitive spirit amongst peers – especially when you want to win giant stuffed toys. Memories are created and bonds forged between one another are strengthened.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II |EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM| f/4| 1/15 | ISO1600

The assortment of a variety of coloured lightbulbs makes the whole carnival scene photo-worthy. It’s highly recommended to add colours into your shot to stand out from the norm. There are so many angles to capture at this year’s carnival and I always managed to find new angles for my shots every time I visit the carnival.

Here are some tips to capture the moments that you might find it useful for your future visits to any carnivals:

Utilise a tripod

Try using a tripod to take still shots, even if you have still hands! Stability is essential if you are using a small aperture for your shots. Having a tripod is a safe bet at night so that you can use a slower shutter speed to capture the ever-changing scene while keeping the ISO to the minimum.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II | EF16-35mm f/4L IS USM| f/16.0 | 1/1.3 | ISO100

Add colours to your shot

Carnivals tend to be vibrant and colourful, and that’s how you can be creative with your shots! Use the lighting and the ambience of the surroundings to frame your shot. They provide a unique set of colours and white balance.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II |EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS USM| f/11 | 1/8 | ISO100

Use a slow shutter speed to capture motion

Majority of the carnival rides are in motion in one way or the other. Play around with the shutter speed to convey motion. A fast shutter speed of 1/640 can freeze the movements and capture the riders’ emotions while a slower shutter speed of 1/100 will enable you to capture the ride in motion. At nightfall, you can explore creating light trails using the colourful lights from the carnival rides or you could alternatively blur out any movement.

Pack light when visiting the carnival. There tend to be a lot of people around and you wouldn’t want to be knocking into people with a bulky bag pack.

Here’s what I pack when I intend to visit the carnival:

  • Sturdy and stable tripod
  • Remote shutter (Crucial when you need the camera to capture the specific moment)
  • Wide angle lens (Lens option is up to your creativity!)
  • Spare batteries and memory cards
  • Creative props (E.g a glass ball, torch or light tube)

Always remember that you can have many angles to capture the moment! Try and think about what you can do to make your shot stand out from the rest of the photographers who have taken from the same angle as you.

Canon EOS 6D Mark II |EF24-105mm f/4L IS II USM| f/8 | 1/13 | ISO800

Just some reminders before ending off:

  • Pack light
  • Look out for tripping hazards on the ground when exploring lesser walked paths
  • Look after your camera as the place is crowded and someone may accidentally trip over your tripod
  • Allocate enough time to trial and error with your shots. You may have to visit more than once to cover all the angles

Seems like you all are ready to shoot some awesome pictures at the carnival… All the best!