Are you thinking about becoming an event photographer?  Sometimes it can be a little hard to break into event photography, but it is possible!  You are probably going to have to volunteer for some time to get started. Before you present yourself as a professional expert in event photography, you’ll want to gain some experience. One of the best ways to gain experience is by volunteering at local events. Try offering your photography services to a local charitable organization that may not have the budget to hire professional photographers. Another alternative is to contact an established event photographer and offer to assist at an event. You can also bring a camera along to events you personally attend. Perhaps you know someone who is or knows a photographer or maybe you know an event planner. But if that is not the case, the advice is to just let people know you are a photographer so that they will think of you when they need one. Do not ignore social media either. The next important thing is buying photography gear. Use the money you save to start building your lens collection. Remember lenses make images more so than cameras. Additionally, unlike cameras, lenses hardly depreciate in value. And finally,  put together an online portfolio (online is the key word here) that has at least three things: a portfolio of images, a page with your smiling face and a biography or summary of your experience, and several ways to contact you. The perfect opportunity to volunteer as a photographer is at WikiStage events! WikiStage is constantly looking for new photographers for many different events and locations around the world. Not only you will get experience in the field of photography, but you will also have the chance to hear the most interesting speeches and have fun! At our events you can meet some great people and make meaningful contacts.    
1. The first step is to ask event organizer questions such as these: - What kind of event is this - What kind of images do you want from this event? Are you looking for headshots? - What are the most important moments - What style of photography do you like - What do you not like? No one wants a disappointing event photography shoot because there were miscommunication and this way you can make sure that the organizer is well aware of the limits of the photo session. 2. Pre-Event Photos Can Contribute to the Overall Story Photograph the venue, table settings, and other beautiful details before the guests arrive. These are just as important as the story that unfolds. Organizers will appreciate a snap of the setting that they spent so much time (and money) on. 3. Map out shots of speakers and sponsors ahead of time If the event features speakers, sponsors, or stakeholders who absolutely need to be in photos, you should know this ahead of time. Also, If there are key attendees who must be photographed, the event organizer should point them out. Note on a map of the venue where people will be coming from and walking to so you can take great shots of them. 4. Good event photography is all about expressions Event photography is much more than just aiming the camera and shooting. It’s about seeking out poignant moments, powerful expressions, and often just waiting for them to appear. While you often will need to capture some environmental shots, the photographs of people are the stars of the show, and to take a good photograph of people you need good expressions. Set up a shot and wait for someone to smile or react. 5. Capture a variety of posed photographs Remember to always take posed photographs from events that you photograph.  Yes, the candid shots are more interesting and are generally the best, but people also want a few posed photos. 6. Use abstract shots for marketing It’s important to get shots of attendees having fun, but it’s also important to get more abstract shots that aren’t focused on individuals. This is especially true if you’ll be using your corporate event photography for marketing.   It’s important to get shots of attendees having fun, but it’s also important to get more abstract shots that aren’t focused on individuals. This is especially true if you’ll be using your corporate event photography for marketing.
Investment in event sponsorship is always a smart choice over billboards and radio ads. If you are thinking of stretching your marketing budget, here are 5 reasons why you should sponsor an event. 1. Brand Visibility Sponsorships put your brand visuals in front of large audiences who haven’t heard of your business. The bigger the event, the more press and social media mentions you get before, during, and after the event day. With many sponsorships, you get featured ads, signs, or radio spots that boost brand recognition. 2. Community Goodwill Customers love brands that care about spreading positive messages and helping the community. Linking your business to a worthy cause can draw lasting support and media attention. Community involvement also sets you apart from larger brands. People have more incentive to support your business if you’re invested in the local community. Find out what matters to customers, and pick causes that align with their values to boost loyalty. 3. Increased credibility as a brand Driving awareness of your brand is one thing. Inspiring respect and admiration are another. Thus, event sponsorships are a great way to drive positive PR and build credibility. You can also use events to position your brand in your niche accurately. For smaller players, events are active venues to be cast alongside heavyweights. 4. Social Responsibility Event sponsorship is a way to show that your business supports a cause or mission about which your customers are passionate about. It helps you to build an image in society and connect with customers on an emotional front. 5.  It’s affordable Running an ad campaign on TV, radio, and print ads work well together. However, these take a great deal of your time and cost you thousands of dollars. With event sponsorships, your target market is right there in the event itself. Sponsors can choose to support one or more WikiStage events and as a sponsor, you can decide how strong your contribution and participation should be. If you want to become our sponsor, you can apply here.
WikiStage events are not only the main source of our video library, but they offer the opportunity to bring people from very different educational and professional backgrounds in direct contact with each other.  A WikiStage event is not an ordinary conference, but an extraordinary gathering of people passionate about open education and lifelong learning. It does not matter how old you are or where you come from, everyone has a personal puzzle piece to share. Most people have seen WikiTalks that were recorded at a WikiStage Conference in a big hall or theatre with many people. This, however, is only one of the ways that WikiTalks can be produced. There are the classic big WikiStage Conferences, the smaller WikiStage Café format as well as WikiStage Virtual Conferences. Organisers who obtain a license can choose between each of these three formats. WikiStage Conference These events are entertaining conferences typically celebrated in a bigger venue such as a conference hall or a theatre. The first WikiStage event, for example, took place in the main lecture hall of a university in Paris with 400 people in the audience, It was a half-day conference that started after lunch and included two coffee breaks and a cocktail in the evening. while the biggest one was organised by WikiStage Algiers team in Algiers's Opera with 1200 attendees. WikiStage Café WikiStage Café are smaller WikiStage Events. For those who prefer a smaller and often less formal location, the WikiStage Café is the right format. The first WikiStage Café was organized in a Café in Paris and took about 2 hours. In contrast to a WikiStage Conference, a WikiStage Café can also be organized as part of an existing event. WikiStage Virtual Conference The third way to produce a WikiTalk is in an online format. Generally, a WikiStage Virtual Conference organiser can be any person or organisation that disposes over the technical equipment and the motivation to enrich the WikiStage video library with quality content.  These days, the coronavirus pandemic has caused many events around the world to be cancelled or postponed. While virtual events may seem like they’d be less engaging, you’d be surprised at the value they can bring. It allows you to bring together a wider audience. Travel costs that could have prevented attendees from being able to attend a live event are no longer an issue. In these times of uncertainty, online events are a smart way to connect with your attendees and motivate them.  The WikiStage Virtual Conference is attractive because organising an event takes time and the number of speakers is limited by the event’s duration. For those who want to record more WikiTalks in one go, the WikiStage Virtual Conference is the right format.
Many high-profile conferences and events lack gender balance, despite there often being no shortage of qualified women. The absence of women at public professional forums is a problem. Because speakers are usually male, audiences are given a narrow perspective. The lack of diversity limits the quality of the conversation and potential outcomes. As an event organizer, you are well aware of the role that speakers can play in the success of your event. Event organizers often tell us that they find it more difficult to find women speakers. Nevertheless, we think it is worth the extra effort to look for great female speakers. A good mix and balance is a very enriching ingredient in every WikiStage conference. WikiStage strongly encourages women speakers to speak at our events. For example, the #ShareHerVoice Conference was an inspiring and eye-opening experience aiming to support future gender equality champions. Amongst the speakers we welcomed on stage, there were a lot of amazing women. You can read more about this empowering event Empow’Her: Share Her Voice. Sometimes it feels like many people (women and men) fear public speaking more than anything else. Whether this is true or not, it is a hard reality that a lot of people are afraid of, or at least uncomfortable with, public speaking. If you have something valuable to say, then you have all the talent and "gift" required to speak. Now, what you need is skills, practice, and feedback. Coaching can also be very valuable. See why is it important to say "yes" to a WikiTalk request and how one of our speakers overcome podium panic: The Power of Saying YES to a WikiStage Talk Request. What is important in WikiStage is that WikiTalks are not exclusively provided by one small group of celebrities or just a handful of teachers. We want to encourage you to get involved to bring your perspective on stage; in your community and in your language. WikiStage empowers you and your community to take part in a global conversation. Add your piece of knowledge to our collaborative video library for learning.  Apply to become a WikiStage speaker HERE.
WikiStage events are a great opportunity for university students to develop their skills, build a stronger personality and reinforce their background. Besides getting involved in a unique humanitarian experience, while offering a chance to hundreds of young participants to expand their knowledge and to get a dose of motivation, being an organizing member comes with multiple advantages.  1. Meeting great people  No matter what career you’re aiming for, it’s important for you to develop a good network. During your journey to organizing a WikiStage event, you will be brought to look for speakers, sponsors, partners, and co-organizers. Amongst these, you might meet entrepreneurs, artists, professors, leaders, as well as other students or graduates. Not only will this let you get in contact with interesting people who may become your friends for life, but it can also introduce you to exceptional opportunities for working, training or traveling abroad. For many WikiStage organizers, the event was the start of a life path full of adventures.  2. Learning how to organize an event  Organizing a WikiStage event, no matter the size isn’t an easy task. You will need to set your targets and write down every innovative idea, gather a team, find attractive speakers, look for sponsors, manage a budget, plan carefully for the whole event and do everything you can to avoid any potential problems before, during and after the big day. This experience will enable you to learn how to manage an event. If you do it right, this proves you are ready to lead a promising adult life.  3. Working in teams  As you build your way through your WikiStage journey, you will need to hire additional organizers to help you set up a great event. Generally, WikiStage organizing teams include community managers, graphic designers, content writers, photographers, filmmakers, video editors, as well as members with strong communicational skills in order to establish a contact between your team and the speakers, partners, sponsors and the audience. Without decent teamwork abilities, you simply cannot get all those parts to work together in order to bring the best of their potential into one output: a successful event. Being part of the WikiStage community will teach you how to manage a team and how to deal with the internal conflicts you may encounter during every phase of the organization.  4. Enhancing your skills and earning experience  WikiStage events are the best opportunity for students and young graduates to sharpen their skills in different areas, as being an organizer of these events won’t require professional experience. If you think you are good at public speaking, digital marketing, writing, graphic design, animation or at communicating, and want to volunteer in a universal event so you can take your abilities to a higher level, enhance your public image, reinforce your resume and boost your self-confidence, WikiStage is the best place to start. Former event organizers are actually perceived as mature, responsible individuals who can perform greatly at leading a project, and have, therefore, better chances of being hired when applying for a job.  5. Dealing with various problems  The virtual image of the ideal event, going exactly as planned, and that of what truly happens, are really two different images. You will meet a great number of obstacles on your way to organizing a WikiStage event, mainly internal problems within your own team, financial, administrative problems and other technical issues. You will see that organizing such an event will surely improve your problem- solving skills.  6. Learning to communicate effectively  Whether you are the manager of your team or a simple member, you will have to communicate effectively if you want the event to be fruitful. You may need to do oral presentations, meet new people, negotiate with potential partners and organize regular meetings with other members where you will have to expose openly your ideas and suggestions. If you are afraid of public speaking or lack self-confidence, this could be a great opportunity to get rid of your doubts and fears. 
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