Diamond Jubilee Pageant – Taking the best photographs

Morning! It’s almost the bank holiday and time to celebrate The Queens Diamond Jubilee and after my post about several events in London this coming weekend, Nikon contacted me with some great advice for taking photos at such events.  They have put together a map of the best vantage points to gain great photos of the Diamond Jubilee Pageant as well as top tips for Street Party photography.
Get into position
With over three decades’ experience of photographing the
Royal family, Nikon Pro Arthur Edwards, knows better than anyone what will be
the most sought-after image on the day. He explains his top pick from Nikon’s
pageant map:
“The Gloriana, a 90ft long barge that will
be the largest rowed vessel in the country, will be the star of the show on
Pageant day. It will lead the procession and will of course go at a rower’s
pace. The great thing about it is that as it’s a low boat, spectators near City
Hall and the Pool of London will be able to get a picture of Gloriana in the
foreground, and the Spirit of Chartwell, carrying the Royal family, sailing up
behind it.”

10 top tips
for stunning Jubilee photos

  1. Get there early and make sure you’re in
    position.
  2. If you don’t get your pictures, you don’t get
    your memories. Make sure your camera is fully charged and keep it in your hand
    ready to take a shot as soon as you spot something.
  3. Make use of the whole long weekend. The great
    thing about the Jubilee is that we’re talking about four days of photo
    opportunities. Get ready to snap street parties, people dressed up, Union Jack
    flags popping up all over the place, and some typically British pomp and
    ceremony.
  4. Don’t be frightened to ask people to move to
    the left or right so that you can get a clearer view of proceedings.
  5. Also don’t be afraid to ask people to pose: if
    they’ve dressed up, chances are they’ll love the attention!
  6. Make the most of the Easy Panorama feature on
    Nikon COOLPIX cameras to take a sweeping vista of the river, and capture the
    sheer scale of the event. This will be one of the
    largest flotillas ever assembled on the river, and nothing quite like it has
    been seen since the reign of Queen Victoria.
  7. Try taking some video clips: music plays a
    large part in the Jubilee events, so try capturing the entire experience. To
    avoid a shaky video, you’ll need vibration reduction technology, which you can
    now get in compact cameras for as little as
    £100
    .
  8. Try and get a picture of the Queen. She is the
    only reigning monarch in living memory for most people in this country, and the
    Jubilee events mark a tremendous achievement. Even more than that, a picture of
    our smiling Queen is truly inspirational: I always think if she is smiling,
    everything’s alright with the world.
  9. Don’t forget to take some crowd shots and
    pictures of all the venues, and get a picture of yourself there!
  10. If it rains, don’t let it put you off. Rest
    assured that the Queen will wear a vivid colour to stand out from dreary
    weather, and she uses a clear umbrella so that spectators can still see her.
Location,
location, location
  1. Imperial Wharf – This is where the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh will join the
    flotilla procession. They will board the Royal Yacht Britannia’s Royal Barge,
    and the barge will take them to the Spirit of Chartwell. The Queen hasn’t been
    on the Royal Barge since Britannia was de-commissioned in 1997, so this in
    itself will make a poignant picture.
  2. Cadogan Place – Where the
    young Royals will join the Spirit of Chartwell, so if it’s a picture of William,
    Kate and Harry you’re after, you might want to head here.
  3. Butler’s Wharf / City Hall
    – Here you can capture the ships in the flotilla as they go through Tower
    Bridge. The bridge will be raised, and the most breath-taking shot of the day is
    likely to be when the two boats leading the flotilla, the Gloriana and the
    Spirit of Chartwell, pass through.
  4. Between London Bridge and Tower Bridge
    The flotilla will pass through a
    spectacular avenue of sails made by traditional Thames sailing boats, oyster
    smacks, square riggers, naval vessels and other impressive ships there will be
    loads going on here, including a gun salute. This avenue of sail is probably
    where you’ll get closest to any of the bridges – the areas on and around the
    bridges are invite-only.
  5. Battersea Park – The
    Viewing Area along the top end of Battersea Park is the perfect vantage point to
    get a panorama shot of the river pageant. The £5 entry fee to get into the park
    should mean that crowds will be slightly less than elsewhere along the water,
    and the ticket will be worth its weight in gold for getting you lots of photo
    opportunities. There will be lots of 1950s themed
    spectacles worth snapping – including a 1952 bandstand tea dance, a beautiful
    tea-garden featuring a record-breaking attempt for the tallest cake, and a
    Village Green.
  6. Opposite the London Eye or the Houses of
    Parliament
    – If you want to get a really stand out shot, you
    need to think not only about the boats, but also about the background that
    you’ll get. If you place yourself on the opposite side of the river to the
    London Eye or the Houses of Parliament, your shot of the flotilla will be
    perfectly captured against an iconic London landmark.
Street
parties
Councils have had
record applications for street parties this year. If you’re not heading to
London to be front row for the official events, there’s still plenty to capture
for posterity.
Arthur advises: “If you’re having a street
party or another kind of celebration, make sure you try to capture the mood of
the nation – get dressed up in your finery and make sure you take lots of
pictures of the children.”
Tips for
street party photos
  • If taking photos of children, get down to
    their eye level. This is what Harry, William and Kate do brilliantly when
    they’re speaking to children – it puts them at ease, and means a photographer is
    more likely to get a natural photo.
  • Get creative with your pictures – Parties are
    the perfect time to use some of the filter effects on your camera, like turning
    the background black and white and picking out only the colours of a
    flag.
  • Capture all the little details that reflect
    the quintessential Britishness of events – from the bunting to the cakes and the
    picnic tables.
 I hope this helps and that you all have a wonderful time if you are attending any of the fantastic events in our capital this weekend or at your own Street Parties.  I will be back tomorrow with some fab ideas for commemerative keepsakes to celebrate the Diamond Jubilee.
Have a great day,
Zoe
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