1. AndyG123

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    Hi guys... I really love all aspects of photography I know I had a post here before about dog portraits and a lot of feedback was experience, practice, read, education, etc... I know I am a beginner with photography and know some of the basics and some principles etc and mainly learn what I know from online videos, loving the Peter hurley series at the moment... I work full time and a work colleague asked me to photograph his band at a gig... I declined because I know I couldn't provide the service and professionalism he requires. Low light, moving subjects and a fast moving pace of the night...

    To take anything to the next level to offer some freelance work, build relationships with clients etc.. What course of action would you guys recommend?
    Offering free shots for exposure? Night classes? Online courses? Books? I'm just after general advice on how to perhaps move from a hobby stage to been able to have the confidence to work with people, and people have that same confidence in me?

    Thanks guys.
     
  2. Selsdon_PJS

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    A big subject! Do you specialise in any particular type of photography? It can be hard to chase every type and probably not very rewarding. There’s no magic formula (as in life itself) but perhaps concentrating on being great at one specialism will help you and your potential customer base. The education and experience you gain will then have more purpose.
     
  3. AndyG123

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    At the moment I've not really honed in on a speciality, but the more I shoot the more I do enjoy portraits, I enjoy the thought behind lighting etc.. So really would like to get more involved in that.
     
  4. Raymond Lin

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    Just go photograph the gig, make it clear that you are new and you are learning. Keep their expectations low and realistic, just go for it. If you don't shoot, you don't learn.

    Take that step.
     
  5. Kell

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    I think that's very good advice above.If you don't do it, and no one else does, they've got zero shots. If you do it, you may get something usable.

    Do as much research as you can before hand (most of it you'll forget in the heat of the moment) but you'll only get better, the more you do.

    If you wanted to take it to a professional level though it's either lots of practice and mistakes on your own, or training. I studied photography at college (30 years ago), forgot almost everything I learned, and still find out I'm doing things wrong on a daily basis.
     
    Last edited: Apr 27, 2018
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    I started with a Canon 20D with a 50mm 1.8 and shot a few gigs with that combo. The bands were more than happy with the results. Just go for it.. Just don't use flash.
     
    Last edited: Apr 30, 2018
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