Firstly, I want to state that this might be a sensitive topic, especially for those who earn their bulk of income from doing paid assignments, so mods please close this thread if it is deemed inappropriate.
Ok, my reason for starting this thread is to get a general sensing how common volunteer photography is, for whom do these photographers take for, and the avenues to "apply" to be such volunteers.
Some background information about me, I just ORDed from army and am awaiting to go to uni in Aug. In this period, I hope to go out and shoot for some charity organizations or schools, firstly to gain more experience in photography, as well as to build my portfoilo. Also, by doing thus, I might be able to make more friends and learn more stuff about the less fortunate, as well as to contribute back to society. Also, I hope to spend my time in a more meaningful way instead of just doing data entry as a part time job in a bank, trust me, its dead boring.
I have no desire to work for those who will use the photos taken for commercial usage such as advertisements, but for promotional or event coverage for charity stuff are fine, as long as due credit is given.
Does anybody know where to apply to be such volunteers, and by posting "volunteer photographer available" in the services offered thread, will I be adversely affecting those who earn their living from photography?
Please share your opinion, thanks!