Hi all,this is my 1st post here in this forum.
I always had an interest in photography always taking picture everywhere with a point and shoot film and digital camara.I finaly got my 1st DSLR camara a few months ago and been taking a lot of photos and a lot of experimenting and learning a lot on my own.I have been wanting also to take some photography classes.
Anyway Im also a DJ at different clubs and have friends who promote,DJ and Female dancers who also model.Ive already done photo coverage of certain events and clubs and I've done some photo shoots for Promoters/DJ's to be added on to Club flyers.taking these low light photos is a challenge I hope to master some day.
Well Im always getting asked "How much do you charge" or like th other day I took some photos of my friends and he insisted on paying me.
I am still very much an amature and still have a lot to learn however I wont pass an oppurtunity if given but I dont charge anything because I guess I dont feel confident enough to do so yet and take on these photo shoots to get real life experience as opposed to looking at videos and reading books and Im learning agreat deal.
The more Im doing,Im finding myself dealing with other people rather than just friends and I know I cant just take everyones Photos and not suggest a price (I learned this well from the DJ game).I just dont know how to charge or what to base it on.
I have a friend who wants to get me some work with his company who works with freelance photographers.Hes The lead designer and over looks some of the photo assignments.He said I just needed to build a portfolio.He showed me photos recently from a photographer they work with and told me they have been unhappy with him and my friend told me that I can do better.I dont mean to sound to harsh or arrogant but for the money this guy is making for the shots he's taking,I feel confident enough to do this with a point and shoot.So its a matter of building a portfolio right now.
I have an album cover to shoot this weekend for some local rappers and also taking action shots of my friends Paintball tournament.Sometimes I think Im getting ahead of myself but I want to get all the experience I can with many types of photography.I just wanted to do this for fun like my muisc but 1 thing leads to another sometimes and I do aprreciate that.My photos may not be as good as I know I can eventually get them to look but if others like what Im doing so far and if I can make a little $$$,Why Not?
Sorry for the long post
Any Advice would be appreciated.Thanks.