Shooting for Fun - Photographers
It goes without saying that it is a lot of fun to shoot pictures with a team of photographers. With the popularity of DSLR, there is a lot of people out there who love to shoot pictures. Find a few that has similar background and interests, you too can form a team to "shoot" around town to have fun. When finding fellow photographer team member, here is what I look for:
- Shutterfly: He/She loves photography. We have similar subject interests (e.g. cosplayers, couple, girls, etc.).
- Skill level: I love shooting with people with different skill levels. When shooting with people better than you, there is always something to learn from. When shooting with someone around the same level as you, you can have a good discussion on how to go around and do things. When shooting with beginners, they are just happy to be around :)
- Professional: The team member needs to know that he/she is a photographer and be professional about it. This is especially true when we are doing press coverage for web sites or event photos such as wedding, school events, etc. Ask before you take a picture. Be friendly to everyone. Don't touch the model especially if you never work with him/her before. If you are single and you are shooting on an event, and you see this really beautiful girl ... please try not to pick her up. The aftermath is totally not fun to deal with when you get a complaint about your photographer teammate on bordering people when shooting in an event.
- Fun: This is very important. You will hang out with your fellow photographers, so the guy needs to be fun :)
For cosplay event coverage, here is my little FAQ for photographer:
Before the Con:
- Contact Richard (firstname.lastname@example.org) to join the team
- Apply for business card (details will be provided)
- Plan for hotel and travel schedule
During the Con:
- Be professional. You usually have a press pass with a company name on it.
- Ask before you take a picture. Be friendly to everyone.
- Gears up for your own photo equipment, etc. (Your peers might or might not be willing to swap lens, etc.)
After the Con:
- Please work on the reports and photos (within the agreed timeframe).
- Having a written report on selected topics and processed photos are very important. Dumping raw materials back to the webmaster does not really help.
Shooting with a team is fun.
You need somone to help you to hold the reflector ...
Try out the lighting ...
Give a second opinion ...
Try a few different shoots just to make sure you have some options to choice from.
Happy Team Shooting!
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