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January 31, 2013
Reposted from Nico on the old forum:
Hey I’ve seen the shots from sports and comparison on the different equipment that you review, which is awesome. Are there any tips that you could give in relation to the noob/beginner getting into either event Photography and or event videography? What type of equipment should I have? are there benefits to using a crop sensor vs using a full sensor? I like the shoulder rig you put together by the way, its awesome. and finally are there any groups that you would recommend following for the startup photographer?
Hi Nico, thanks for the compliment! I’m always trying to improve my skills and my reviews. Here’s some event photography advice.
General event advice would be:
Dress well but comfortable. Bring a change of shoes for a long day.
Show up early
Bring extra batteries
Ask ahead of time if you’re getting doc-style or posed pics
Leave a stack of business instead of trying to pass them out
Be patient, try not to interrupt conversations
Secure your gear case or backpack to something if you think you need to. I use bike security cables.
The rate you charge reflects your quality. Don’t sell yourself short.
Try to get event participants to go online to purchase your images rather than giving away a disk.
Try and build repeat clients so you can avoid Craigslist. It’s the online pennysaver after all.
I’d say the type of equipment you should have for events is the kind you get good results from. Meaning, I’m not going to say a 5D Mark III is required, because if you’re practiced enough, a $200 Canon XSI will do the job. And when you can afford it, a full-frame sensor and megapixels do aid in your work (being able to crop in without losing quality).
Crop sensor cameras are used by nature photogs because you’re getting extra length on a lens. (Multiply the millimeters by 1.6x for Canon and 1.5x for Nikon) But for video and other photography, you’ll eventually really want full-frame. The low-light capture is divine.
That shoulder rig I built is freakin’ heavy . I often use variations of it instead, especially when I’m operating in a tight space. But it was really fun to build. But every situation may require something different. Really, nothing beats a tripod. Nothing. After that, a monopod helps a lot. Steadycams are popular, but you need a vest or your arms going to fall off. Lately the gyro-stabilizers like the Movi have gotten big $12,000. And there are knock-offs on Kickstarter for $1500.
Groups / Sites for the start-up photographer:
Search Meetup.com in your city, if no photography meetups, start one!
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