Tips of the photography trade
Studio Commercial has been in business for forty odd years. Our studio has survived the change from film to digital, the global financial crisis and mullets.
This is what we’ve learnt along the way:
- Always carry these to every photo shoot: gaffa tape, spare batteries, spare CF cards and more than one lens.
- Having seven photographers is invaluable. When one of us has fallen ill and another staff member is holidaying in the Maldives, photo shoots continued, emails were answered by others. Everything continues to run like clockwork.
- As a photographer, be very clear about your contract, prices and terms and conditions. Every second client will expect to get all of the raw unedited images at no cost and you will have to explain your policy. If you see nothing wrong with this, you shouldn’t be in photography.
- Be nice to your camera brand’s representatives. They have the potential to love and nurture you and your equipment or keep you guessing as to when you can pick up your camera. Unfortunately, in either scenario, they will never let on when the latest gear is coming out.
- Arrive early to every shoot. Leave nothing behind (that may mean having a gear bag packed with used tape).
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