Event Photography (Film Fest)

KillRamsey

Hall of Famer
Jun 20, 2012
Hood River, OR
Kyle
I continue to get asked to shoot events, sometimes paid, sometimes volunteered for a good cause. I had 1 days notice for a film fest last night, but I made it work. Had to borrow a good friend's XT1, and get 2 of my lenses back that I loaned another friend to try (as my XT1 is out for repairs) but they both made it work during the day yesterday, so I managed to scrape the gear together and go straight from work.

It's just event shots, but I keep pushing myself to get better at this. You never know when the hobby could turn into the job.

Gear was the XT1, no flash, and the Rokinon 12 / XF23 / XF35 / XF56. The 56 pretty much buttered the bread all night, given how big the room was. Second most used as the 35. The 23 pulled in a few closer crowd shots, and the 12 set the overall scene.

Would you have been happy if you paid, say, $100 for these (and others on flickr), delivered the next morning by 11am?

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by gordopuggy, on Flickr

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by gordopuggy, on Flickr

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by gordopuggy, on Flickr

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by gordopuggy, on Flickr

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by gordopuggy, on Flickr

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by gordopuggy, on Flickr

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by gordopuggy, on Flickr

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by gordopuggy, on Flickr

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by gordopuggy, on Flickr

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by gordopuggy, on Flickr
 
Jul 24, 2013
Memphis, TN
Brent
So yes, $100.00 would be a steal. I know you have a vested interest in cycling but interest aside your time was worth 100 bucks. I really like the 3rd and 4th ones.
 

KillRamsey

Hall of Famer
Jun 20, 2012
Hood River, OR
Kyle
I later learned that the org that put this on does pretty well financially. A little confused why they didn't want to pay for this service, but we're all friends, so I'm fine with it. They might hire in the future, knowing how painless it could be to have good images the morning after.
 

Bob Lewis

New Member
May 26, 2016
Bob Lewis
Very nice! Well worth the $100. I've learned in my little business that most people and organizations just don't think about the photography, especially with events. They typically don't budget for it, don't even consider paying for photos, yet think nothing of spending hundreds or thousands on venues, decorating, food, speakers, etc ... It's extremely disheartening and I think it's just the world we live in where everyone with a cell phone thinks they are a photographer. Of course we all k ow it's not true, so I'd say if you're going to do it - either do the events you're associated with for free, or charge them at least $300 or $400. Your equipment, time and talent at the event alone are worth that, never mind the editing and post work. I say this as a guy who is lucky to get $100 for any shoot I do - lol :) I can just commiserate :) I say go for it and demand a fair price - don't work for less than $10/HR unless you're giving the work away. I've done it more times than I care to count :)


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