Thinking about getting into photography...
Posted 28 April 2012 - 10:40 PM
Now that the rambling is over with, if i was to start paintball photography, what is a basic idea of what i would need (besides camera+ lens/lenses and protection for camera/lenses) to get myself started. And is there anything you guys think i should know before getting into it. Also, would this be a good source of just random money? I know i wont be making any money when i start and until i learn to edit + process the photos better, but hypothetically speaking.
Thanks for any reply, and thanks for taking the time to read my thread.
Posted 09 May 2012 - 06:39 AM
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Posted 04 July 2012 - 08:51 AM
I guess for starting out, take a few photos for free to get yourself a portfolio and then start charging for your services. I don't know how much to charge, so you'll have to look around a bit for that. I'm sure someone on here might be able to shed some light on that!
Anyway, I hope that helps some!
This post has been edited by Bethella PB Photography: 04 July 2012 - 08:55 AM
Posted 04 July 2012 - 06:02 PM
The best advice i can give anyone in your shoes is this: just because you love paintball, doesn't mean you'll love taking pictures of it. Every single person i know who has been doing PB photography for any length of time burns out on it extremely quickly, unless they balance out what they take pictures of with other fun and exciting things.
You'll find that after a while, unless you get access to some very very high caliber teams, all your shots will start to kind of look the same. player in dorito, player diving into snake, player getting shot, etc. the satisfaction of getting a cool shot becomes less and less after a while because you've probably already gotten that shot already. So my point is this- dont spend the money on photography if you are only interesting in taking PB photos. if you think you'll actually like photography, then take the plunge as you'll have other uses for your camera.
to answer your other questions-
dont expect to make any money unless you're lucky enough to have some major tournaments local to you. You'll make the decent money at bigger events, but usually after hotel, gas, media pass, etc. you only end up breaking even.
for world cup i used to charge teams $100-$150 for coverage and cover about 5-6 teams. good money right? nope. After plane tickets, rental car, hotel, gas, food, media pass, etc. i only broke even.
anyways, my point is- paintball photography is not for the faint of heart. you're going to spend hours on end getting shot, getting your gear messed up, editing photos, hosting, sharing, etc. to do this. so only take the dive if you think you're cut out for it.
from my own personal experience, i can confidently say i don't find any enjoyment in taking paintball pictures anymore.