I have a question for whoever's interested. It's not really a question, I'm just asking for help.
I want to shoot for people. I want to shoot events. I like the satisfaction of shooting for people and knowing they like the photos and this is what's really making me ask these things, the second reason is because I want to get paid so that I can fund some new gear purchases because my part time job isn't enough for me and it's not related to photography at all. Even if I'm not getting paid much for one job, but I'm doing a few and it adds up. I've got a couple of bands that know me that I would shoot for but so many local bands just wait for free photos offered to them from fans with point and shoots taken at their gigs (or from the people who have a slow kit lens and think the effects that their slow shutter speeds create are cool). I don't know how open to assisting I am because I'm not that interested in shooting portraits and the like. I like shooting sports but who pays for sports photos when they're just playing in a local league? If I was up for it, it'd probably be so simple for me and it would solve my problems to find some models and shoot them but that's not my thing. Not right now anyway. So what options do I have out there?
It's all about who you know... event photography is a totally screwed-up if you want to get money out of it, most people will say they 'don't have a budget for photography'. It's ridiculous I know, I've been there done that.
Best way is to show examples to bands, and ask if they want more, for a fee. Results sells - and sex sells, too.