Joe300 wrote in post #14148062
I like the idea about the contact prints
32 teams, even in single elimination bracket will be 32 games. How many pictures do you take in a game? Let's say 300. That's 9600 pictures. Printing 9 thumbnails per sheet. That's 1066 sheets. That's a lot of ink, a lot of paper, and a lot of time for a printer to constantly print. If your printer averages 30 seconds per page, that's 533 minutes = 9 hours of non-stop printing.
And then you end up with 1000 pages for players and parents to have to sort through to find an unedited, unculled thumbnail picture? Have you seen a 2" thumbnail print?
Go to one of your baseball tournament pages on your website... http://joelaroccaphotography.com/p631509105 Can you identify the individual players? Can you see faces in the thumbnails? Can you read jersey numbers even if you managed to capture it in the picture? Now print a page of the thumbnails. Do the pictures look better? Are the players more identifiable? Would it inspire you to buy the picture?
How many pictures do you expect to sell?
How many more pictures do you expect to sell by having contacts sheets?
How many pictures do you need to sell in order to make money?
How many pictures do you need to sell in order to make it worth your time?
You might be better off pre-collecting $100 per team and giving each team a DVD with every picture from the games they play in. That's $3200.
Or $200 per team (only ~$20 per kid for the weekend) and give them a copy of the DVD for each kid.
No contact sheets, no print costs, no order forms, no unknowns about whether you're going to sell enough pictures to cover your time, insurance, business permit for onsite retail sales and tax, wear on equipment, spares, shutter replacement, printers, paper, shipping, extra assistants, etc.