CiM_Photography wrote in post #12470363
My current game plan is to shoot in JPG with a custom WB (determined prior) and Manual Exposure to eleminate variability issues. This way, when photos are offloaded onto the terminal, no processing is required other than deletion of junk photos (mis-focus/fires). Images will be loaded into folders that are categorized by Day->Rink->Game->Period/OT so they are easily searchable. They will be displayed on rink-specific displays (1 display per rink) using some slideshow software, following each period so parents can view the image quality and composition.
Cards will be given directing parents to the website where they will be uploaded that night for photo sales and merchandise items.
I just need to triple check my thought process and make sure this is all standard and that I'm not omitting anything severe...
This was exactly the point to my post, your intended thought process is not the "standard" way most of us do events.
Shooting jpeg is good, shooting in manual good, custom white balance will not do you much good unless you shoot at or below 1/60 of a sec with the cycling light you will always have color shifts and 1/60 will obviously not be sufficant to stop the action.
We generally have no less than 10 onsite view screens for an event of this size. Parents,grand parents, kids everyone has things to do they will not wait around to take turns at 1-2 view stations. theres church, dinner, shopping,sisters recitle, ect. life.
You canot have to many view stations, period. I know you probebly dont want to sink a lot of $ into equipment at first as you dont know how it will all turn out. While you dont need to get the prints to them imeadately you do need to capture the sale at the event for the best results.
I use photo parata and also work with another local here that uses 5 minute photo, both work great. And yes you can rent the software but that will not help you with view screens which are a key part of either system.
You should set up one booth in an area that is hard to miss, prefrebly near the food or exit/entrance and in between both rinks if possible. Get some anouncements over the PA system if possible. Have someone working the crowd letting them know you are there and what you are doing and where to find your booth.
You can try the website only idea, but I think you will be disatisfied of the outcome. Again I could be mistaken, but I do not think so.
I am not trying to discourage you but I can tell you what works the best at most of mine and other events that I shoot as a hired gun, and I've worked some pretty big events.
Gym Star Photos wrote in post #12476692
I would not rely on parents going to the website to order. You have to get the paid orders before they leave the rink. I know paper order forms are not the preferred choice, but do what you have to do to get the orders right then. If you have the budget for it, you can rent event software for a week, but you will need at least 2 computers to use. If you have to, borrow a few computers from close friends.... just get the photos in front of the parents so they can order them when they see them! Also, make sure they know you are there! Put yourself in a spot where they MUST pass by you to get in and out if you can.
You should have time to cull photos on the fly when the action moves to the other end of the rink, which will help your booth personnel if things do get busy. Having said that, its still good to have that additional person taking orders or helping parents find their photos.
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kgarvelink wrote in post #12484286
I would not even consider having potential customers viewing all photos on site. The amount of photos would be staggering, even for one game. Many of those photos will be junk not worthy of editing. My work flow for an event like this would be to pass out business cards, place cards at the concession stands, and see if the announcer would give a brief announcement that photos of the games will be available in several days at such and such a website.
After each game, I would go through all the photos, and pitch everything which is not a great shot. You will be known by what you have thrown so to speak. After dumping everything not worthy of posting or editing, I would open the keepers in batches in raw. Adjust the white balance, exposure, black point, recovery, fill light etc. in raw. Check for noise, and correct this in raw also. Straighten in raw if the photo needs it. After making corrections the first one in the batch, record the settings, and sync the rest of the images in the batch. Once back in the editor, I would write an action for final corrections, such as a curves adjustment, sharpening and so forth. Run this action on the batch, and go to the next batch.
The one thing I would stay away from is to allow the customers to view shots right off the card. Your name will end up being associated with photos which if you had viewed would have been dumped. If you hand out or make business cards available at the games, and write a decent search string when you post them to your website, the customers will find them.
Sorry kgarvelink, this would be an exercise in futility. Your eye's will bug out of your head and you will never get through all of the photos in time to post prior to the sun comming up the next day and need to go back and shoot more.
As you mentioned " The amount of photos would be staggering, even for one game." You are absoultely correct.
If you end up with many of the photos being "JUNK" then he should'nt be doing this in the first place, or hes using the wrong photog's, you need to know how to shoot the sport or be a decent sports action photog before even tackeling this type of event. And people will not wait several days to look at the images. Life will happen and they will forget.
Handing out cards or flyers and putting some at the concession stands is a good idea though.
Batch edits will not work for the cyceling lights he will be shooting under and I couldnt even imagin shooting this in RAW just for the amount of space it will eat up.
Get it right in the camera the best you can, and do minimal edits prior to making prints if you do not choose to sell digital.
I work for one particular event company and we generate 350k-400k shots in two days time. You just cant tinker with that many images, theres not enough time in a day. And yes we do get some duds but most of the images are golden and if you can find time to chimp and cull at a cheer event, I would think you would have plenty of time at a hockey game.
And this company flys us in from all corners of the country, my point being you need to have good photogs for these events to get decent shots.
Again, get it right (exposer) in the camera, get it to the customer as fast as you can, and get the money before they leave the event.