As we approach the Edinburgh Festival, I would like reflect on how important this event has been for me as a photographer throughout the years. I learned my craft as an event photographer in Edinburgh through attending events like the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and the best way to practice was to turn up once a year on the Royal Mile in Edinburgh and just snap away at all the excitement. This for me was undoubtably the most effective way to learn your trade as an event photographer in Edinburgh. You had a street with performers more than happy to pose for photographs in outlandish costumes, you also have plays going on, music, acrobats, so there is always plenty of scope to practice your action photos, I photographed everything from dancers, to jazz bands, break dancers, drag queens, actors and all kinds of crazy performers. Later on, I would be commissioned to photograph the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and I would utilise these skills. In recent years the number of performers on the Royal Mile has diminished somewhat but hopefully this is just a hangover from the pandemic and we will see more and more of these whacky costumes in the near future. This year I have already done some promotion photos for the performance of Guffy at the Edinburgh Fringe Festival and I also hope to get to the High Street, in addition to doing more promotional photography in Edinburgh. So keep snapping away, the only way to learn is to practice and keep taking photos.
Until next time.