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Just a quick poll really. Of those of you that do event photography, how many started out on your own and built from there and how many assisted someone else first and after getting some experience set up on their own?
And, do many of you use dye subs and print at the event or do the majority take orders/advertise at the event and then use a lab to do the prints?
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Thinking of starting out Chris?
Started off many years in social event photography working part time for a company (salaried) and then on to perhaps the best social event photographer in Ireland as freelance.
Many years ago used to use film and get the stuff deved and printed by runners in one hour places, which was a pain in the backside for Ireland on a sunday! Tried to avoid those events as I used to do a deal with the organisers, get the film/prints deved, small scale scans on the web and then post the prints down to the organisers and let them take their cut.
When moving to digital only ever used dye subs there and then - no other choice really due to the circumstances. For smaller events just a web presence as its usually not worth the bother bringing an assistant etc etc. Then again for smaller stuff I'm usually paid to be there and the event shots are a spin off.
Only use lab prints for 'specials' and internet orders now, dye subs for everything on site.
It's something i'm interested in but I need a lot more practise first. I think I'd be better off helping someone first but was just curious as to how other people got into it.
Similar to Joe.
Started as an associate social photographer for a studio then left and set up my own business shooting for myself. Was (and hopefully still am !) a credible professional wedding and portrait photographer prior to starting events.
Picked up some of my own events through contacts and either shoot corporate events with payment up-front or sports / charity balls / proms on spec or included in the ticket price.
Depending on the nature of the event I will either print onsite using dye-sub printers (and then maybe web images on an e-commerce site) or just ensure the competitors / attendees have the web address of the website and only sell online.
Onsite events get very limited work on the images if any. The quality is high enough if you are a competant photographer and get it right in-camera.
Corporate work usually gets more attention and is usually supplied on CD/DVD as part of the commission.
Web only sales are usually not worked at all (high attendee sports) or via batch actions.
I would never spend an age working event images in PS, taking peoples names and addresses, payment after the order etc etc.
I guess it's time to try and get a proper portfolio together then and start approaching people.
chris if you want to email me with more questions on event photography I will try to answer them. I have answered people on here before but it leads to hot air from certain quarters. PaulSFrost@aol.com
Very good of you to save the rest of us from your hot air.
exactly the comment I would have expected from your quarter thought you would have been more professional and kept your mouth shut!!!
Some hot air would be nice.....
It's bloody freezing here!!!
emma its even cold down here in cornwall got frozen the last few days photographing birds and surfers
It's Friday night - chill out, open a beer and have a laugh for once....and take the post in the humourous manner it was intended.
if you actually knew anything about me Mike you would realise I do have a laugh all day long. maybe one day you will meet me in the flesh and change your weird opinion about me, I am as laid back as you can get in real life!!
Next time I'm in Cornwall shooting equestrian events I'll keep my eye out for you....
I really don't have a weird opinion of you. I make no judgement of you on this forum, or in your posting.
I like to debate the rights and wrongs, options, ups and downs of photography - our opinions differ on certain things as mine do with many others....
nothing personal - good debate is never personal.
you will not have to look hard , just watch
out for the big white van and the 6m gazeebo
dont forget to look out at other events(surf/ mx events) as well it would be nice to meet up for a beer or lager and compare notes sometime, as the equestrian events are normally too hectic for much more than a brief hello.
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