Shunji Matsuo started Makeover Magic in Japan and Singapore from 2013 annually to encourage senior and cancer patients to embrace life in a positive way, showing that colour and beauty do not fade even when one ages or suffers from an illness. Unfortunately, Shunji-san passed away in Oct 2017 after a battle with pancreatic cancer. However, his legacy to inspire continues to live on through the yearly Makeover Magic event.

During the event, 24 senior survivors and cancer patients were given a makeover and transformed into confident fashion-forward models, together with veteran celebrities; Jin Yinji and Liu Ling Ling, in support of the Breast Cancer Foundation. All the beautiful models took the stage at the Singapore Chinese Cultural Centre for a catwalk with approximately 500 event attendees cheering them on during the event.

Some of our EOS World members were given the opportunity to capture behind-the-scenes and event shots of these inspiring women in action. In this article, they will share their experiences and highlight event photography tips that they feel every photographer should keep in mind.

EOS World Ambassador, Alex Goh Ngan Pin

I was excited to be given the opportunity to attend Makeover Magic 2019. It was great to see the photos of the survivors that I had shot in a studio prior to the event printed and on display!

Canon EOS 90D | F5.6 | ISO 2000 | 1/100s | Canon EF16-35mm F/4L IS USM

Makeover Magic was a very meaningful event to help cancer survivors regain their confidence and to allow them to showcase their unique talents. I felt honoured to be chosen as one of the media photographers for this event. Typically, I will always research the event venue early to survey the environment. As expected, the main auditorium was huge, and an ultra-wide angle or fisheye lens was perfect to capture the atmosphere.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV | F4.0 | ISO 4000 | 1/125s | Canon EF8-15mm F/4L Fisheye USM

It is important to have sufficiently fast shutter speed so that the actions are captured. However, there may be a trade-off with more noise in the picture at a higher ISO. I also brought along a speedlite to brighten the subject in an indoor environment.

Canon EOS 90D | F5.6 | ISO 2000 | 1/100s | Canon EF16-35mm F/4L IS USM

In addition, always remember to carry another camera with a zoom lens so that close up actions can be captured efficiently too.

Canon EOS 90D | F2.8 | ISO 200 | 1/160s | EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

EOS World Ambassador, Iris Eu

I had a wonderful experience at Makeover Magic 2019! One key learning for event photographers is that understanding your camera settings and observing the lighting is the most essential part of event photography. Once you learn how to adjust the settings of your camera, capturing the perfect shot gets much easier.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV | F2.8 | ISO 640| 1/100s | Canon EF16-35mm F/2.8L II USM

Secondly, try using natural lighting and avoid flash photography so that the models will not be disturbed during the process. Focus on your subject’s eyes, keep the camera angle low, and fame your shot with some space between the subject and background.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV | F2.8 | ISO 645 | 1/80s | Canon EF16-35mm F/2.8L II USM

EOS World Ambassador, C E Tan

I had an amazing experience at the Makeover Magic event. My first event photography tip is to stay as close to the subject as possible. However, remember to give the makeup artist (MUA) sufficient space. Frame your subject top-down or between the hands or arms of the MUA for a better perspective.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III | F3.5 | ISO 800 | 1/200s | EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

 Personally, I prefer taking soft images with ambient lights from the environment without using flash to capture my shot.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III | F4.0 | ISO 1250 | 1/1650s | EF70-200mm f/2.8L IS II USM

EOS World Ambassador, Ryan Cheng

It was a great honour to be given this chance to photograph at Shunji Matsuo’s Makeover Magic 2019. Seeing these women transform into confident, fashion-forward models with their makeovers was truly delightful.

Canon EOS 5D Mark IV | F1.8 | ISO 5000 | 1/125s | EF24mm f/1.4L II USM

Capture candid shots of your models interacting with one another and their facial expressions. As an event photographer, it is also essential to take note of the branding of the event sponsors in your shots.

Canon EOS 5D Mark III | F4.0 | ISO 4000 | 1/1000s | EF70-200mm f/4L USM

We hope these tips will help you to capture amazing photos at the next event you attend.  Stay updated on our latest events and enjoy exclusive shooting opportunities by signing up as an EOS World member here today!