A&P Possible gig, need help.

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  1. The Cable Guy

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    So, my co-worker asked me today if I do photo shoots.
    He has a friend who has a band, and they would like to have some pictures taken.

    Mind you, I have never taken pictures professionally or for money.

    I've only got a D90 with a 18-105VR lens and an SB-600.

    Should I even bother?

    What kind of shots am I prepped for? what should I expect?

    How much should I ask for? Again, I've never been paid to do any shoots.

    To be honest, I havent had a lot of time to take my camera out and shoot for experimental and learning purposes. I understand basic dof, exposure and lighting, but even that needs fine tuning. I'm sure they're just a local band too, so I'm not expecting them to shell out a whole lot, or expect too much.
     
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    Post some current samples of your work. Any work.
     
  3. The Cable Guy

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    I only shoot on manual, its sort of a trial and error type of thing, most of it is on par with regular P&S cameras. Let me grab some stuff I've shot.
     
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    If you're not comfortable with your work I think you should humbly turn it down.
     
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    This probably isn't what you meant to show:


    Oops! (403)
    It seems you don't belong here! You should probably try logging in?

    You can also check out our FAQ or forums and maybe you'll find what you were looking for. Or maybe you should try heading home.
     
  7. pawis

    pawis werd em up

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    cant see the pics, need to log in or something.

    but like asdfbunk said, you need to be confident, if you arent practice some more, but dont go into the shoot saying "oh this is my first time guys, so work with me" cause it sounds like it would be a disaster. so id say decline the offer :(
     
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    Sorry, one sec.
     
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    Fixed links.
     
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    let me do it, rowland heights isnt that far
     
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    Its not in rowland heights, its in East Los Angeles.

    Sample of your work to gauge?
     
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    Ignore him, lol. Do you know how to use your sb-600 OFF-camera?


    Big difference b/t shooting a tasty desert or bullets and shooting a band. :hsd:
     
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    It's a big leap from shooting static objects (no time pressure), to shooting people.

    And then to go from just shooting/lighting people (the technical part), to eliciting the killer looks/attitude/responses from your subjects (the people part).

    This last part is what makes an awesome photo.



    I think, if you're wondering if youre ready to shoot a band, and charge money for it....grab a buddy and have him pose for you. Run through your shot list.

    If you can execute well...go for it with the band.

    You'll probably find that you fumble a lot your first time out though.
    No dis, bro. Just reality.
     
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    http://www.blue-atom.org/dtf/

    shot this a while back with a vivitar flash and 50mm

    im actually closer to east los than rowland :)
     
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    I'd say turn it down if you haven't worked with people yet. Just my .02 cents though.
     
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    Okay, I'm sure I can pull off stuff like this.

    To a previous post, yes I do know how to use my flash off camera. I hardly have it on camera unless I'm on the move constantly.

    Say they are just some local band, some teenagers/college students. Nobodys. Should I do it just to get my feet wet? :noes:
     
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    Shooting bands can be a BITCH. I'd say depending on how their photos look now, I would gauge it on that. Some bands have snapshots as their photos, and would prob. be happy with anything above that. Others have really good photos already and just wanna add to it. I would do it for 100-150 if I were you (given that you think you can offer something better than what they currently have). I started at 150 about a year and a half ago, now I won't do it for less than 300, so you adjust according to where you feel your level is.
     
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    I guess I'll ask for a myspace or something and see if I can do better than what they've got. :bigthumb:
     
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    Shooting on manual isn't always the best idea...

    Oh and based on everything you said I'd take the job for free.

    Do it as a learning experience.
     
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    tetsuo And shepherds we shall be...

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    how many people are in the band? lighting a group of people gets a lot trickier than lighting a single person or even 2 people.
     
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    I was thinking about this as well. Depending on the location, I can see this as a potential problem.
     
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    good point.
     
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    Using multiple lights (and knowing how to use them) can really make your photos shine. Trying to use a single light (unless it's nothing more than a fill light) is a lesson in frustration.
     

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