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Any Tips ? ~Event photography business

 
Jon, ­ The ­ Elder
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May 15, 2006 18:00 as a reply to  @ post 1504001 |  #16

In six months or so I'll give you $.50 on the dollar for your camera gear.

Best of luck anyway.


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Jun 01, 2006 07:40 as a reply to  @ Jon, The Elder's post |  #17

setiprime wrote:
In six months or so I'll give you $.50 on the dollar for your camera gear.

Best of luck anyway.

Nice offer, thanks I may well take you up on that if I keep using it at the rate I am currently shooting !!!!!!

Sorry not posted for a while, been shooting event after event.

What I have found out so far is that good photography and nice photoshop skills = lots and lots of lovley ££££££££££

My best seller todate has been golf events, on average over 200 photos per event sold, several bookings taken for other events etc.

The attached image is a template I created in Photoshop. With 2 mouse clicks and typing a name, the cover is created. I sell these for £14.00 for a A4 print and sell lots and lots.

I am going to create another couple for "The Perfect Putter" and "Dig out the Sand Wedge"

This one is called Max out your Driver !!!!

Enjoy.

P.S There is a little extra space top and bottom as borderless printing takes off a few mm's

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Nov 22, 2006 10:54 as a reply to  @ dpurslow's post |  #18

Great topic! I have been taking pictures for the last two years at every BBQ, picnic, and outdoor event in my neighborhood.

1- my inkjet printers are slow but the people waited or came back to me within 5 to 8 minutes. I used the Epson printer and it has great resolution...

2- i had my laptop setup and everyone would crowd around as if they never seen a laptop (we are in the 21th century? right??).

3- picture frames were available 8x10, 5x7, and 4x6... Also, i had pre-design frames from www.qlt.com (external link).

4- i would take pictures of 3 set of people, show them the results on the computer, have them choose their best ones, and click print on the computer. As it starts printing, I would already have the cf cards back in my canon ready for the next 3 people.`:lol:

My new goals....
I want to purchase the Kodak or Schinko printer -- its fast and expensive...
I will get one person to handle the viewing and printing (unless I setup viewing stations)
As for green screen and extra lighting, I would need to read more on this and practice....

It's true that reality will set in and the lines could get very long.... I wish I had another photographer and the fast printers. However, like i said before everyone stayed and waited for their picture (i guess they never seen themselves on paper??).

What I noticed that I made extra ($$$$ hundreds) money on reorders and magazine templated photos (8x10). Everyone wanted one for their mother or for their father. I sold the 8x10 for $15 with frame. I sold the magaine template photos for $10. I must have sold 100s of these in one day... it was unbelieveable....:lol:

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Nov 22, 2006 23:14 |  #19

Jon, The Elder wrote in post #1512982 (external link)
In six months or so I'll give you $.50 on the dollar for your camera gear.

Best of luck anyway.

That's having a positive outlook. Sounds to me like the OP is really thinking about this and has most of it well figured out. Good for you, OP!!


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Nov 23, 2006 20:42 |  #20

Agreed Julio.


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Jul 20, 2007 10:12 as a reply to  @ NickSim87's post |  #21

David

Just wondering if we can get an update. How is it going? What has been working? What has not been working? Hope your printers have been working overtime!


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Jul 20, 2007 12:04 |  #22

Hi there,

Well its been an interesting year. Networking is the key.

Last year I did about 35 events, I did not turn anything down, wanted to test everything.

This year I am looking at about 15 events but the events have been selected by me really and they are all events that work and work well.

Printers. For almost the whole year I used Canon IP6600 D printers, they worked well but were slower than I would have liked, used lots of ink. NO customer ever complained about inkjet prints. I also use Epson R1800 to print contact sheets.

This year I have brought FUJI ASK 2000 Printers - These are fantastic - I tried the Mitsubushi dye sub and found it fairly slow. The Fuji rocks really rocks.

I used to offer the following sizes - 4x6 @ £5.00 5x7 @ £7.00 A4 @ £10.00 and a3 at £15.00 I sold about 70% 5x7's lots of a4's a few a3's and not many 4x6's

I now offer 5x7 and A4 on the day, everything else is special order on the day but posted out later.

Keyrings are HUGE sellers, Fridge magnets are NOT. I sold keyrings by the boat load for £5.00 each.

I now have event staff to help me. I find I take 90 % on the day and 10 % via the website.

any more questions please ask, I am here to help.


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Jul 22, 2007 11:05 |  #23

Sounds like you have some good plans and i hope it works out for you.

I used to work for www.picman.co.uk (external link) who do exactly what you have just described. We mainly did motorsports such as track days.

One problem we had was searching through the images to find the customers car,etc.

While scrolling through images on screen with the customer trying to help us identify their vehicle we had massive cues of people waiting. Some would get fed up and leave which in turn costed us money.

In the end we ended up with a network of 5 pcs. Four with staff showing customers the shots of their vehicle and then one processing all the printing of the images. This worked well but still we would have massive cues as the main problem was the speed in which we could serve the customers.

We also had a massive cue for prints themselves. With each print taking a couple of minutes we would often end up with a print cue of 100+ pics and this would take forever. A few times I would stay up 24hrs a day just getting prints ready.

Hope this is of some help. Any questions please ask away!


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Jul 22, 2007 12:58 |  #24

TheCrow wrote in post #3590745 (external link)
.......a print cue of 100+ pics and this would take forever. A few times I would stay up 24hrs a day just getting prints ready.

??

100 prints will take less than an hour to produce

btw, its queue :lol:


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Jul 22, 2007 13:19 |  #25

I really hate to burst your bubble but event photography isn't the money maker you think it is. It is a ton of work with limited return. Most of the time you barely cover expenses but there are times depending on the event you will make a nice profit but those times are rare. Why do it you ask? It keeps you and your name in the public eye and you will pick up jobs that way, but doing as a soul source of business is at best a crap shoot.


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Jul 22, 2007 14:45 |  #26

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I really hate to burst your bubble but event photography isn't the money maker you think it is. It is a ton of work with limited return. Most of the time you barely cover expenses but there are times depending on the event you will make a nice profit but those times are rare. Why do it you ask? It keeps you and your name in the public eye and you will pick up jobs that way, but doing as a soul source of business is at best a crap shoot.

I hate to disagree however as I stated last year I did anything and everything, this year I am a lot more selective. If you know your market place and choose the right events then it can be very good. I have 5 events that between them I make around $14,000 and they are all 1 day events.

I agree totally about what you say about keeping yourself in the public eye, I have picked up many weddings from events and also a couple of commercical bookings as well.

*** PRINTER SPEED ***

My new printer would kick out a Q of 100 prints in a little under 70 minutes (5x7) touch dry :-)


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Jul 22, 2007 17:50 |  #27

did my first event this year, today - a Taekwon-Do Competition..

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i sold a grand total of...... 1 9x6! had alot of people milling around the 3 Vue Stations, but they all asked for business cards and if the images would be available on website, just have to see if anything comes from aftersales...

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