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Hey, JimmyD!
Old 09-12-2005, 10:02 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Got a question for you, if you don't mind. I thought maybe others might be interested so I posted it instead of just emailing. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

I was watching "Family Business" on DVD the other night (funny show, I'm enjoying it) and then out of curiousity I went to Seymour's website and noticed he had some "how to" stuff, including a sample movie production budget. (http://www.teamtushy.com/tips-how2/B...ie_budget.html)

One of the things he has listed is "Digital Still Photographer, $200-400."

Now, obviously, the digital still guy is there to take cover shots, promo shots, etc, etc. My question is, how common is it to have a separate guy to do that, especially now that almost all videocams can do if not great, at least creditable stills? 'Cause if I could get $400 a day to shoot stills on porn sets, I'd walk up to the office manager right now and say, "I'm out of here, have a nice life." [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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Re: Hey, JimmyD!
Old 09-12-2005, 10:41 AM   #2 (permalink)
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400/day is the standard/median rate for a still guy on an adult set; some guys get about a hundred more, some less, depending on their reputation as a stills shooter and/or whether its the end or beginning of the month when everyone has their rent/bills due or over-due or the middle of the month when people tend to stick to their rates. producers expect you to snap about a hundred images of non-sex stuff (essentially glamour images but, in industry jargon, called "pretty girls" as in, "we'll shoot the scene as soon as F'ing jimmy quits F'ing around and shoots her F'ing pretty girls.") and about the same of hardcore action for each girl. (sometimes with soft-core angles mixed in.)

they expect you to show up with a digital SLR (canon 1ds's, 10d's and 20d's being the most commonly seen) and some basic lighting including a camera-mounted strobe (for the hardcore action) and maybe a couple of other sources on stands with umbrellas and/or softboxes for the pretty girls if they're to be shot indoors. they also expect you to be able to burn them a cd or dvd at the end of the day. (typically, shooters do not perform any post work on the images at all.)

a typical day, btw, is 12-14 hours, altho you'll spend most of it doing nothing but waiting for them to call for "stills."

some companies also hire shooters to shoot whichever girl they're going to use on the front of the dvd's artwork. in this case, it's a separate day's shoot and will usually include makeup, wardrobe, possibly a special set and props. this "cover" shoot is in the $500/day or more range (for the shooter) and, like the production stills, is mostly shot in the same format but, sometimes, might be shot medium format.

btw, many shooters work regularly 4-6 days a week depending on the time of year so these are guys making about an average of $8k a month, which ain't too bad for shooting pretty naked girls i guess. i'm not one of those guys, btw, tho i could be if i wanted to... i'm just too freakin' lazy plus i'm doin my own thing and/or often shoot video (rather than the stills). video shooter rates are in the 500-600/day range depending on the format and the production budget.
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Crap.
Old 09-12-2005, 10:59 AM   #3 (permalink)
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That actually sounds pretty good. My favorite job I ever had was working in a drive-through bank teller window. When there's work to do, you do it. Otherwise, you just sit around and read. I'm cool with that.

Except I'm in Chicago and I doubt there's much if any call for such work here. I can't see my wife relocating to California, either.

Damn, damn, damn.

Thanks for the in-depth answer, though. You're my hero.

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Re: Crap.
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We have quite a bit of adult shoots up here. I've been asked a few times to videotape them. I've always said no. From what I understand and Jimmy might be more informative than me is once you start doing it and your regular clients hear about it your mainstream work dries up. I really don't want to be known as the local porn shooter so I stay away. The money might be good though.
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Re: Crap.
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Ah, but I have no regular clients to lose. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/smile.gif[/img]

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Re: Crap.
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that's might be true where you live. in el lay, not too many are gonna give puck... hockey fan or not. [img]/ubbthreads/images/graemlins/grin.gif[/img]
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there are always advantages to having nothing to lose... certainly more so than having nothing to gain.
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