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Events Photography for Clients

Photography is a viable career and one that appeals to many creative, artistic and professional people. Events photography in particular requires a great deal of skill and dedication as well as the flexibility to travel to and work at events, potentially all over the UK.

Working as an events photographer for paying clients comes with challenges such as:

  • Setting your hourly rate and making sure this is agreed with the client in advance
  • Capturing the best images whilst on a tight, busy schedule during the event.
  • Working long hours around the event.
  • Getting good action shots whilst the event is taking place.

If you are up to these challenges and want to work as an events photographer, getting a portfolio together is a good start. Once you have experience from non paying events or jobs that are entry level, you can start to build this up and achieve higher paying event photography work.

Putting Together a Plan for an Event

Events large and small require a good plan, with a carefully crafted itinerary and a schedule that tells everyone where they need to be, and when. There are several important ingredients that will go into a plan, ensuring that an event can run to schedule. These are some of the most important ones:

  • Plans for external resources and contractors. This will usually include photographers primarily; their services make events successful and ensure there are memories to look back on. If the event is a business event, they can also provide marketing imagery to promote the event and other services for the business in question.
  • Venue hire. This is one of the factors that will need to be secured well ahead of time. Venues are in demand and good ones get booked up quickly.
  • Travel and transport. Arrangements will need to be made for people travelling to the venue. It is also important to communicate transport options to people, such as car parks and public transport.

Choosing the Right Frame for your Photo

Photographs deserve to be beautifully framed, so they can be displayed in an attractive way. A photograph is more than just an image: it is the memory of a moment, and it captures something that is important to you, be it the people in the photo, the scene or the location.

Choosing the right frame will help to finish the photograph off to perfection. Make sure you choose the perfect frame for the composition of your photo and select the right colours to go with your room as well.

When you are choosing a frame, make sure it is the right finish for you. It doesn’t just need to go with the photo – it must go with the room as well. Find a look and colour that works with your home and that makes your photo stand out, so it all pulls together and creates the right kind of look for you.

Photography on a Cruise Ship

Photographers have lots of opportunities to travel and take some amazing photographs. Working on a cruise ship is one of the best ways to travel, as it gives a photographer a good income, as well as them having the chance to explore and see the world. There are lots of opportunities for good photographers to earn a living in this way.

If you would like to get into this industry, make sure you have a good portfolio. Ensure that many of the images are based around travel – if you haven’t done any professional travel photography work, try just taking your camera on holiday to get some portfolio shots. It is also helpful to make sure you have lots of examples of portraits and people photography, as much of the job will involve photographing the cruise guests.

Be prepared for some hard work – cruise ship photography is going to mean long and unsociable hours, and a lot of time spent at sea. However, you are probably already used to working long hours as a photographer!

Taking Photo at the Christmas Party

Christmas is a dream come true for photographers. If you are a professional photographer, you will probably already be booked up with Christmas shoots, giving you plenty of scope for finding work. If not, it is a great opportunity to gain experience and find new ways of working with your camera and with your subjects.

If you are attending any parties, such as the office Christmas party, ask if you can be an unofficial photographer. Take your camera along and see what you are able to capture. Even if you haven’t agreed to any terms and conditions, you will be able to practise and show people what you are capable of doing. This is the perfect way to build up your portfolio and also to work on honing some of your skills with your camera. Don’t be afraid to experiment and make sure you look out for some good subject matter. The story is as important as the photo.

Photographing Landscapes – What to Remember

Landscape photography is incredibly popular, allowing you to capture the expansive beauty of a landscape or scene. If you want to do it properly and make sure you really do have everything you want within your image, there are some points you need to remember. Here are some tips:

  • It’s all in the composition. You should make sure the horizon is around a third of the way up the photography so you can include more of the important parts. Make sure the image incorporates everything you want it to.
  • Use a landscape setting on your camera, if you have one. If not, use something that will give you a very wide angled image, so that everything is in focus.
  • Practice. Only practice will make perfect when it comes to photography. Take more images to hone your skills.
  • Choose the right weather. Go for dusk if you want atmospheric, or morning for sunny and bright.

Hiring a Photographer – What to Look for

Looking for a photographer for an event? There are many professionals out there, many of whom could do a really good job for your event, wedding or party. So how do you go about choosing the right one for you? Here are some of our top tips:

  • Look at a photographer’s portfolio and see if you like their work. Look at the types of angles they use and whether photos look natural or staged.
  • Find someone with experience in the specific area you are looking for. If you need a wedding photographer, find someone with lots of experience. If you are having a corporate photo shoot, find someone with experience in this.
  • Ask about prices. If prices aren’t listed on a photographer’s site, ask them upfront about costs. They may be out of your price range, in which case you will need to think again. Ask if they can recommend anyone.

How to Set up a Photography Business

If photography is your passion, you may decide to turn it into a career. In order to make it as a photographer, you need to have quite a unique skill set – technical knowledge, creativity, a passion for working with people… here are some of the things you should think about ahead of going into business:

  • Qualifications. People might be more likely to use you if you have a certification or qualification. It is certainly something you can use in your advertising and marketing campaigns. Choose a course that suits you and your current skill level.
  • Cost. Find out what costs are involved in setting up a small business and if there is any help available to you.
  • Clients. Make sure you have a good photography portfolio and can market your services. This will help you to find clients. Think about giving away vouchers for a photo shoot to get your name known.

Why you Need to Look After your Lens Cap

Your lens cap will protect your camera’s lens and prevent it from getting scratched, dirty and damaged. It’s therefore essential you look after it and use it to fully protect your camera and its lens. Lenses can cost a lot of money, so it’s important you look after it and protect your investment. A lens cap that isn’t looked after can do more damage than not using one at all.

Make sure there is nothing on your lens cap, like dust and dirt. If you drop it, see whether you can clean it off and if not, purchase a new one. This is especially the case if you drop it into dust, sand or gravel. Squeeze it to see whether any of the debris has got inside and if it has, don’t put the cap onto your camera. Buy a new one as soon as you can, or you will end up transferring the dirt onto your lens.