Me too, having a equipment failure...I had an Olympus DSLR as the main camera and a CF card die on me halfway during the actually wedding dinner shoot.. worst still during cutting of cake...luckily I have a film rangefinder with me and I sling back the digital SLR and bring up my ranger finder to shoot nearly half a roll before the CF card in my digital camera correct itself... I think a mechnical film camera might serve as a good backup... just in case your digital fails...
I had similar case too with a canon DSLR from my department, the battery indicator stated full but halfway thru the shoot it went dead... Luckily, I got a batt grip backup with 06 AA batt in it... load it and continue shooting... I got a Holga with me at that time... but it was not a back up camera... I use it to shoot a few frame while the CF card still reading....
Leica M4P/ M2 / Summarit 35mm f2.5 / Summicron C40mm f2 / Kobalux 21mm f2.8
Leica M4P/ M2 / Summarit 35mm f2.5 / Summicron C40mm f2 / Kobalux 21mm f2.8
not sure about commercial photography, but personally, i always thought the reason we chose the wedding pg was because of their style?
For commercial photography, you would have to listen to the artistic director as to how they want you the capture the 'essense' of the product.. whereas for wedding photographers, unless the couple are some kind of artistic people who wants to be in charge of every single shot and knows how the outcome is like (without blaming the photog for not being to produce what they want) , free reign should be given to the photographer to capture the wedding and express his style..
well ... artistic directors dont want to be contradicted by the photogs mah...
personally, i find that photography is an artform, and the photog should be allowed to express his creativity freely, rather than be suppressed.. you wont go telling the artist Yue Minjun that his Noah's ark looks wierd because of the smiling face, which is his trademark (i believe?)
i was watching cable some time back.. they had a product photog who did print ads for pringles.. his style was not conventional, having big eyed, big headed real life models (digital manipulation) with exagerrated poses... but it was catchy and it was his style.. if would be wierd to hire him and expect him to provide conventional shots of the product..
I agree with ckuang, but just out of curiosity. How many creative (i mean with an unusual concept and not just a pretty image) campaigns are actually "created" in Singapore and for how many is a unique photographers style needed or looked for. Most of the campaigns I have seen here, all what is needed is a photographer who is able to deliver a very clean, technical perfect lit and polished image.
The campaigns, who use more of the edgy, unusual photography are not as common as overseas. Its just the way things are here, but it does not mean that it will not change over time. Once in a while you see a campaign that has more juice to it and some gritty photography... As if those are just overseas campaigns and adapted to the local market??... I have no idea. I'm sure there are some good production houses here too.
Often its not only the style of the photographer that is the deciding factor, but also his or her celebrity status in the particular market. Similar to world class models, many photographers overseas get chosen for their xfactor and fame, rather then their unusual photography. eg. Helmut Newto shoots Pirelli calendar or Peter Lindbergh shoots such and such. However the case they had to get to that point, so I'm sure they are very good in what they do.
Just a thought.
got to agree on the status part...
personally i hate abstract art as i find that it does not make sense.. i assume that abstract art became popular because some of the talented artists, somewhere along their life, switched over to abstract art.. and because of their status as an artist in the standard artforms (either after death or during their life), abstract art began to sell...
i always found art critics who analysed abstract art to understand the mood of the artist or whatever, to be very 'fake'...
ps : not OT, just stating example of status playing a part in marketabiity..
From my little experience in business, there are a couple of reasons why business (oh yeah, including photography) fails that have not been discussed so far :
- business owner invests in equipment on a huge scale, expecting handsome payouts only to realise that his/her equipments are way way under-utilised...
- business owner not getting a good contract drawn up to cover potential pitfalls and assigning liabilities because either they have a "it won't happen to me" mentality or they are naive. (The laws are biased on the consumer side, by the way...)
- business owner neglecting the cashflow management issue and may end up with lots of accounts receivable but not due til some time after their accounts payable are due...
The list is not exhaustive but some suggested remedies:
1. Do your market research and profile your target market segment, thus deriving the expectations and demands of the segment. Then you get the equipment/resource that is NECESSARY for majority of the potential jobs, renting the remaining few expensive equipments/resources for those few odd jobs. Then invest in those few expensive equipments/resources when those few odd jobs become way too frequent for renting to be economical. (Of course, this does not apply when you have guaranteed pre-booking of multiple high-paying jobs)
2. Get a good generic contract drawn up according to your business needs and liabilities. A good lawyer specialising in consumer laws should be able to advise you on the potential liabilites and pitfalls and what is fair to both you and the consumer. However, this option is not cheap (can cost almost 1K upwards) but you can modify the contract accordingly or use it for all your assignments, so the more jobs you take, the cheaper the rate of contract price per job becomes. (Of course, you can draft your own contract but take note that even an invalid condition of your contract may invalidate the entire contract).
3. Plan your cash flow. Cash is king. Delay as long as possible accounts payable, but collect payments as soon as possible. Collect payments according to milestones in the job: (e.g. 40% deposit, 20% upon choosing of photos, 40% upon delivery of photos). This will spread your collections and give you more cash to play around then when you collect one balloon payment at the end. Also prevent your collection from being tied up due to dispute just at the last stage.
Hope these advice is relevant to anyone when considering a business out of photography.
Oh man.. I wished I have this article earlier... I have just started doing freelancing for ROM and weddings and I think I am seriously under charging based on what I read here. I have no idea how to charge as I feel I am a just beginner and I got not much portfolio to show.
Can anyone tell me what to do as now I have about 13 confirm jobs from Mar till next yr. All is peanuts charges..
Point number 3 is not a bad advice, it is probably ambiguous. Let me clarify:
It is widely recognised as the principle behind good cash management. However, it depends on the extremity that this is practised. When I say delay payments, I don't mean go around avoiding phone calls and your creditors. What I meant is try to AGREE with your creditors on a payment date that is as far back in the future as you can. Doing so not only lets you manage your cash flow well but also to use the available funds to jump on any opportunity that may arise and also to have a reputation for paying on time (as agreed with the creditors), leading them to trust you with longer repayment periods.
However, on the other extreme, if you promise prompt payment or fail to request for a payment period acceptable to your business cash flow cycle but have to delay payments to your creditor even due to genuine reasons, you will be blacklisted for poor cash management and be labelled as a possible credit risk, earning you shorter repayment periods...
Hence, the key to point 3 is to agree with your creditor on a payment date as far into the future as possible from the start and once the payment date is fixed, keep to the date.
Hope this clarifies point 3.
Last edited by godzilla60; 11th March 2008 at 04:21 PM.
What our brother is articulating is absolutely correct. I have done digital photography for the past 10yrs. I have been using cameras since I was 10 and today I am still continue freelance photography for various events. I do not receive regular projects or assignments.
most of the events I covered so far is thru recommendations this include F1 Grand prix, IR ground breaking,elections, APEC, national Day, various RC,CC events. may a times the CF card fails, lens not working e.t.c. I am presently performing as part time to supplement income. I am having difficulty making ends meet thought I still hold a full time job. Photography cannot provide enough income unless you have a very strong customer base. If you have any events to cover be it private or corporate I will be available. my photos are all here in this website www.krissubaphotography.blogspot.com
initially when I embarked on photography as an income Imy photos were not goood and customers were complaining. At present I receive only compliments. and some of the customers do recommend others.