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Apr 19, 2011 11:23 |  #16

travisrockphotography wrote in post #12248939 (external link) do I go about establishing myself in the motorsport world.

Go to race tracks. Take pictures. Develop skills at actual events. Learn how to deliver images immediately after a race is over.

A glance at your web site shows no images of racing or sports action. The skills and techniques needed to handled those challenges are far different from controlled portraiture, and can take years to develop.

Even with those skills, you'll need to compete against photographers with decades of experience. You'll need to generate images as good or better, and you'll need to come up with the images on extremely tight deadlines.

From Connecticut, it's going to take a lot of traveling to get the experience you need, since there are only a handful of tracks in the state. There are places online where you can learn which tracks are active. (external link)

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Apr 19, 2011 13:11 |  #17

travisrockphotography wrote in post #12249917 (external link)
Yeah, unfortunately the wedding market is also like that up here. People are taking photography certification courses, going out and buying a 5D MKII kit, and charging 2400 a pop and people are paying it because they have a 'certification as a professional photographer'. That's a reason a client gave me a few weeks ago. My rate is also 1200 for the day, with a friend backup shooting. absurd.

ANYWAY. Thanks for the insight. I think my best bet is probably lime rock?

I think a day shooting a wedding is going to be more lucrative than a day shooting racing cars unless you have some very good motorsport clients!

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Apr 21, 2011 05:37 |  #18

philwillmedia wrote in post #12245047 (external link)
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Quoted for amusement... :D

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May 18, 2011 23:47 |  #19

Interesting read... and love reading it. One thing I want to eventually shoot without a doubt! Thanks for the read guys. Shooting Grand-Am and ALMS now and would like to one day move up the rung a couple steps. Working on it one race at a time.

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