bpalermini wrote in post #14662245
You did do a nice job with those photos. You are starting from a great place and after a few more games you will be even better.
Do you have any idea what they paid the last guy? I don't know anything about the league or the team but $600 a game will likely be high, or very high to them. Though it would be great if you could get it. My experience with "team owners" like this is that they have pretty close to zero budgeted for photography and that they will try to trade you with mentions in the program, links on their web site, announcements on the PA and they will let you sell any photos you can from your web site.
If that's the case you will have to decide if that's how you want to break into sports photography. Just know that you will not sell many photos to players this age and their parents are, for the most part, done buying photos of these "kids".
One more thing, you need to streamline your workflow so that it does not take you that long to get through a game shoot. You should be able to do it in one or two hours at the most with a good tool like Lightroom. Your exposures should be pretty consistent so your adjustments are able to be copied across many photos and you should crop to the original aspect ratio or to 4x6 aspect ratio.
Good luck with this!
Thanks! I guess I got a bit excited when I saw $600 but in reality because it's pro, but not tier 1 or anything of the sort (tier 4), I had in mind originally about $150-$200.
I would assume my workflow would have been a lot quicker be it a daytime game with the sun not setting but because the sun set the exposures all were pretty different, the shadows were different and there was just no way I was going to be able to batch edit everything without getting totally mixed results.
That being said I could definitely shorten my workflow by batch editing a few pictures at a time, but just checking over all the pictures and sorting through good and bad, and then worthy of the website photos vs. the good photos. That takes me probably an hour to two hours depending on how fast I'm feeling
I definitely don't think I'm going to be selling the photos unless fans decide to buy them, but that's a maybe, I don't know if I really even want to to be honest though. Well I hope I can be hired, I emailed the guy so it's only luck really.
JacobPhoto wrote in post #14662384
you mentioned that this is a professional soccer game, correct?
How many fans does the team average? How much do those fans pay per ticket? That will give you an idea of the revenue they are bringing in. If they are a professional team but can't get fans in the stands (either the bleachers in the linked shots were closed, or there wasn't a single fan in attendance), then your demands for money will fall on deaf ears
Yeah, it's a Tier 4 MLS team. Last game they had about 1,000 people and the tickets were $5, they also played NY Red Bulls so normally game attendance isn't that high. I'm sure I will not be getting $600/game but if anything hopefully the owner can put in a good word about me to some other teams and maybe they'll hire me for a bit more money.