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I travel around the globe searching out inique photographic images. Thank you for visiting my blog page - "The World Thru My Lens".
Xochimilco is not far from Mexico City. It was built on floating islands by the ancient Aztecs to gain manmade farmland (chinampas). Now it is a pleasant place for Sunday afternoon family outings. There are vendors, refreshments (refrescos) both soft drinks and beer and mariachi bands and food. This photogrid shows some of the colorful rental boats. Many are named after a wife or sweetheart.
We recently visited the Fiesta Ware store in West Virginia. Bargains can be picked up in their Outlet Store. Check out this photo grid I made showing a few of the many colors available.
Freezing the action
One of your best allies is the coach. Many of them don't even see your strobes going off. Show them you're on their athletes' side. Don't try to get foul shot photographs, you don't want to break the athletes' concentration and spoil their free throw. You make coaches' athletes look good while providing great action pictures, pictures that can end up in local newspapers as well as various college or university publications.
Coming soon: Get That Shot
Photo request forms:
What others are doing
You need a plan. What better way than requesting in writing what you need photographically. Submitting a form does two things(focusing onwhat is really important and using your resources wisely in a methodical, deliberate way). It is very easy to photograph everything that moves or doesn't. You can prioritize or even eliminate frivolous or meaningless requests if you have it in writing. You should have your supervisor's OK before lifting a camera. Setting some guidelines is always helpful. To see some excellent examples of photo request forms go to (http://www.bw.edu/news/photo request/ or (http://www.umb.edu/news_events__media/communications/com
Coming soon: Fulfillment
The good, the bad and the ugly:
The types you meet
People break down into different kinds of groups. You probably know Mr. Hover, Mr. Artsy, Miss Entitlement, Mr. Knows-A-Little-About-Photography and Mrs.Easy- To-Get-Along-With. Those are just a few. You can probably come up with your own. Try to guess who are the people you deal with or answer to everyday. Don't forget yourself, you're a very, special type.
To charge or not to charge:
To charge or not to charge? That is the age old question. Some feel that because he/she is on the company dime, everything and the staffer himself belong s to the company. When was the last time Buildings and Grounds or Food Service gave something away without an established fee? What company is around for long if they give their valuable services away?
Monies charged for photographic services can be reinvested in the department. It is not cheap to run a photo department and nominal charges can help defray the expense and support the service. See what other institutions are doing to provide photographic services and what they charge,if at all.(http.//unh.edu/photo/services.html#location) or http.//advancement.ua.edu/ur/photography/prices.html)
Coming soon: Fulfillment
Make friends for the university or college
What parent isn't proud of their child? You can make friends and support the service with a little income. You're not out to make, a fortune, but why not sell photographs to parents and students? You'll spread goodwill and even gain a following I remember some parents asking about photos on a weekly basis).
Put a link on your school website and offer photographs of athletes, actors, musicians or events. Send an email invitation to see hard-working students.
One of the best labs is Digipixart (www.digipixart.com) Owner Danny Chu provides great prints that appear to come directly from you.
There are many such services, but Danny is a real master of marketing. Check out what he has to offer.
Coming soon: On The Street Where You Live
Putting strobes in your fieldhouse
At some point you will need artificial, high output lights (strobes) to photograph basketball. The NBA and 'Sports Illustrated' lead the way. Go to John Biever's or David Liam Kyle's (www.davidliamkyle.com) webpages to see examples of this in action True, they're using big blackline systems but you can get useful results with White Lightning strobes at a fraction of the cost. (www.paulc.buff.com)
Once you have the monolights (don't forget a safety cable), hang them in the rafters on either side side of key pointing toward the basket on 4 corners. What's useful is to question an NBA shooter on suggestions for exact placement. Be sure you have the Sports Reflectors on the monolights (to direct the light where you want it). Wire 1 (one) of the monolights to a plug receptacle for your Pocket Wizard (www.pocketwizard.com). Set the remaining monolights on slave, get a strobe light reading under the basket and fire away!
Don't try to motor-drive the action. Be selective and leave a little time for the strobes to recycle before shooting. Wait for the athletes to take their foul shot. Flashes may break a basketball players' concentration.
Speaking of refs. There are friendly ones (often would ask me if I got their best side) but there are some that interpret the rules quite differently. Making stuff up to make your job more difficult is directly related to the personality and ask with a holier-than-thou-face, (Are you going to use that flash for the whole game?). You know, I have the job to get the best images possible and if that means I stay for the whole game, yep! the stobes go along with the assignment. I made an agreement, you pay attention to the game and I'll make the photographs. Pretty good deal, don't you think? After all, I don't know everything about basketball but I am a professional too.
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