And for those of us whose first language is English you are trying to say.....?Originally Posted by telefax
Hi, thanks all who took the time to share their views and opinion on the topic, and I really appreciate that.
I wish to clarify some misunderstandings first about myself and why I wished to volunteer:
Flickr: P.GS' Photostream
I may not have the experience or equipment, nor are these photos of professional grade, but I believe these are of decent quality. And if I may say again, I'm not doing this for financial gains.
On the other hand, as some had pointed out, people looking for pro quality photos are often willing and able to hire those established photographers. Hence, by doing free volunteer photography, this will not affect the market in a sense. If so, what happens to those clients who are looking for pro quality photos but are unwilling/unable to spend that much money? And how do we differentiate between unwilling and unable?
I used to shoot for my JC back when I was a student, and I quite missed the exhilaration and feeling of shooting events/sport after so long of not shooting it while in the army. Also, I thought of applying for being a 2nd photographer for weddings or events, but due to my inability to commit for a long period of time (uni starts in Aug) plus of my relative inexperience and lack of portfoilo, I was not shortlisted. This is one of the reasons why I decided to volunteer, as I just want to find the joy in shooting again, and to contribute back to the society as well.
I hope I did not come across as too defensive in my above statements. Also bro catchlights, I thank you for your time and insights.
I share my experience. My dad is active in some clan activities. There was one time I went to take my dad in a performance. Then my dad casually ask me to take photo for the group. I did not handle the stage lighting well and came in for some criticism. Next time, I understand from my dad the clan engage pro in their next event.
2 lessons learnt.
Don't offer to help even out of convenience. If you get paid and fare badly, you deserved to be criticized. But some people just like to make nasty remarks.
Every organisation should have operating budget for their events. It is just whether they choose to allocate budget for a photographer.
While it is your personal choice to want to offer your service for free. There are perhaps other way to achieve the same objectives, such as charging and then donating the amount earned back in your name. At least there are acknowledgement rather than offering a service that will be taken for granted.
My 2 cents.
Last edited by ManWearPants; 18th March 2013 at 11:05 PM.
Wah quite nasty of them ah?Originally Posted by ManWearPants
So its up to you. Obviously you already made up your mind before you started this thread. Are you looking for validations on your decision or are you genuinely listening to opinions?
Volunteering is a well abused activity.
Even though for free jobs, no one will pick you, nowadays have to list equipment used..lolOriginally Posted by Yutaka Go
I just have one thing to advise ...... STAY ENCOURAGED !!!
You just do what you think is best . I mean, these are life lessons that talk cannot teach. You'll end up with better understanding and ideas and why some people have said 'GO for it !" and others have warned "Be VERY CAREFUL !" each view is in your best interest
Nobody is regulating this so its the law of the jungle and evolution that will determine how all this will pan out for newbies, hobbyists and professionals.
After the whole event, after he review the photos he taken he called me... "Anson can you share some of the photos you taken at the event with me, please.. ".
Nowadays I freq see people too concern about what the equipment is the pg using... granted having better equipment does make your work easier. However to me "The equipment is only as good as it's wielder"
Last edited by Anson; 19th March 2013 at 11:06 AM.
Well theres no need for them to buy, already many willing pg with big cams.Originally Posted by Yutaka Go
Even if u shoot better than them with a compact is a different matter, cant have a PHOTOGRAPHER at their event running ard with a compact.. not glam lol