Debriefing my first event shoot

posted on 25th of may, 2013

As a long time Toastmaster, I was honored to be asked to be the official photographer at a district convention. Totally unpaid, of course, but it sounded like fun and would be a great learning experience. And boy, did I learn.

The good-What I did right:
I brought two cameras, a charging cord for one, an extra battery for the other, extra memory cards and my lap top. That gave me some flexibility, with my DSLR on a tripod and my P&S to carry around the crowd. I was able to dump my images onto the laptop every evening and empty my memory cards for the next day.

I shot in RAW. That came in real handy because the light was VERY low and RAW is so much easier to clean up in post.

I shot big pictures and lots of them. That gives me the opportunity to pick and chose, as well as being able...

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Posted by Chanevy on May 30, 2013
Thank you both. Great advice! I am real comfortable with AP mode, but I am so used to leaving the flash down that I didn't even think of putting it up until quite a way into the event. I should have popped on here for some tips first :-) I also like the idea of asking for a small amount of pay and will try that out next time.
Posted by Mike2focus on May 30, 2013
In the situation you are describing I always set my camera to Aperture Priority and turn the flash ON in low light situations. This ensures you're going to get good shots because your camera is going to set the shutter speed for crisp shots. And you have to keep in mind that this is an event shoot that doesn't require stock quality sharpness. The images you'll get in Aperture Priority mode will work fine for print and online purposes. I've shot a number of events like this... sailing tournament, golfing tournament (including interior group shots at the captains meeting and event coordinator meetings), and the people that received my photos from these events were thrilled with the results. And the post processing was a snap when the exposure is good. People from these events aren't going to open the image in Photoshop at 100% and review it like the DT reviewers do. Do some test shoots with settings as I've described to get comfortable with it and the...(More)
Posted by Babar760 on May 30, 2013
Too bad you didn't ask for "some" money, like $ 20. If they're not willing to pay $ 20. it means that they consider your talents worthless and it's not worth wasting your time. For practice, just go to an art exhibit opening, shoot with no pressure and at the end give them your card and tell them you'll share your photographs for $ 50. Problem is, there are probably 5 other people like you doing in also for nothing. Paid gigs nowadays are as rare as hen's teeth when everyone has a camera and considers himself a photographer. Live and learn!
Nice shots in your portfolio by the way! You should get paid!

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I have had a camera in my hand ever since I can remember. I was always the kid that wanted to trot down to the scene of the crime, or truck accident, or whatever, and get the images that would document that event for posterity. I guess its no surprise that I am naturally drawn to editorial and journalistic photography!

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