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First photography 'job'
A friend of mine has asked me to do a photography job for them..

They run a greeting card company and want me to take the pictures of people to put in said greeting cards..

They are planning on having something setup during a Valentine's day gathering in a banquet hall..

Seeing as I've never done anything like this I'm curious what type of gear I will need.I'm pretty sure I'll need:Lighting kit (not sure what kind), Camera, tripod, Flash, Lenses.Anything else?Any tips?Thanks in advance!..

Comments (6)

First of all, What equipment do you have??????.

Its possible that it might be cheaper for you to run out and hire a professional Photographer than to buy the gear you may need to cover their requirements..

You really need to know way in advance what they are looking for, could be they want to produce glossy large cards with Portraits or they just might want soft dreamy romantic pictures of couples or groups..

For Big Glossy sharp images you need some pretty good gear but for soft & dreamy it's possible to cover that type of stuff with a good point & shoot..

Whatever it is there will be some post processing to be done, do you have that capability?..

If the lighting is very very good and the people are not moving (dancing, walking etc) you can get good enough images for 6X4 photo's out of most P&S, be very very careful about using flash unless you can bounce it or soften (difuse) it somewhat, not easy with a P&S, so again very very good lighting...

Comment #1

This is what I have:350d35 1.4L135 2LTamron 17-50320EX with OmnibounceTripodRemote Switch.

I think their plan is to have people come to the station and sit down and have the pictures taken. So no movement which hopefully makes things easier..

I've never really done anything like this before but I would like to try something new so I have to start somewhere!..

Comment #2

Cookblaze wrote:.

A friend of mine has asked me to do a photography job for them.They run a greeting card company and want me to take the pictures ofpeople to put in said greeting cards.They are planning on having something setup during a Valentine's daygathering in a banquet hall.Seeing as I've never done anything like this I'm curious what type ofgear I will need.I'm pretty sure I'll need:Lighting kit (not sure what kind), Camera, tripod, Flash, Lenses.Anything else?Any tips?Thanks in advance!.

I'd go with 4 lights (key, fill, background and hair) with a softbox for the key, grid for the hair light and umbrellas for the background and fill. A background stand, and a couple of backgrounds. Don't forget to have liability insurance (someone trips over a cord, you're in trouble, venue gets damaged, you're in trouble...).

Model releases, and a contract with your friend that covers copyright, licensing, liability and costs. A backup body and lens is always good for a one-time event, as well as extra flash tubes. Posting stools/benches or something to drape over chairs....

If they're setting something up, you need to be sure you can get the shots well before the event so they can cover the event if you can't get it done. Make sure you're not going to ruin a friendship by taking on something they expect that you can't deliver. Two weeks should be long enough to get it right, but getting an alternate for Valentine's Day may be difficult. Perhaps you can find a lighting workshop in the next week or two?.

Paulhttp://PaulDRobertson.imagekind.com..

Comment #3

Well you have a good Camera and a couple of Good lenses and a decent flash, but take in all that Paul Robertson said,Liabilty InsuranceContract with your friendModel releases.

Plus the equipment Paul recommends which is right on target my first comment might now sound more reasonable.It may be better to hire a professional, Watch & Learn..

PS.

Its possible that your friend has the liability insurance and model releases covered so he could just employ you (gratis) to do the job, that way you would only be up for the equipment cost/hire..

Whilst the experience is great and I do urge you to "have a go" you can now understand why professionals have to charge..

If you do have a go keep in mind Mr Murphy, he wrote a law about this sort of thing, so just make sure you have some sort of backup. Particularly if it's an critical event...

Comment #4

What are the expectations of the customer? If direct flash pictures are good, then no problem. However, anyone with a point and shoot can do this..

Like the other comments, I would recommend off camera lighting. But for me at least one flash coming from the left or right, along with using your on camera flash (hot shoe flash, not the built in one!) to fill in some shadows. But it takes some practice to get the right exposure..

If I was in your situation and knowing what I know now. I would humble myself and pass on the job. I would tell my friend that 'I'm not ready' or 'Sorry I don't have the gear'..

As someone suggested. Watch and learn. Then go buy your own light kit and practice on your friends and family. Maybe you'll be ready for the next one...

Comment #5

Thanks everyone...all good advice. It probably would be best to get some out of work practice before jumping into something like this...

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