Originally Posted by NetMap
I have an event that I do monthly that travels from city to city, the Daren Gray Super Shoot. We are on ou6 5th Super Shoot and we have grown each time. The last Daren Gray Super Shoot in South Carolina we had 40 models and over 1,100 spectators.
I bring my team of photogs, MUAs and stylist. We invite the local photographers, MUAs and stylist to participate if they choose or to just come out and network.
We have a test that each photographer must pass to participate. The photographer must submit 24 images from one look of one shoot with no post processing. We are looking for lighting, composition and the ability to pose a model who may have no experience. So many can’t pass this test this is not rocket science we are not looking for Anne Lebowitz(sp) just a descent image.
Why 24 ? It just a roll. Why no post processing? We have a lot images to turn around and there is no time . I need good images straight out of the camera. This is a photographer’s event not a picture maker’s event! I am not downing pictures makers some of favorites are picture makers (depending on what the customer wants I am one).
Where are the photographers ? I have reviewed some portfolios and I think that this photog is okay but when I ask for the 24 it goes down hill. That leads me to think there are a lot of lucky shots out there.
Is one roll too much to ask?
It doesn't matter what we think. It matters what your potential customers think. And to me, if interest drops when you ask for those pictures. I would say, 24 is to much.
JUST MAYBE, people are looking to get the one great image in a lighting set, and when they do get the desired shot, they move on and don't do 24 more pics, in case some guy who is throwing a "super shoot" asks for them?
Now here's where it gets kinda wierd and confusing for me. You yourself said you reviewed portfolios
, and then after that, ask for something else?
The portfolio is made and is there specifically for people, like you, to view. All other stuff is their bussiness, not yours.
And another thing that screams out " RED FLAG" is your rule of no post processing? Were I a pro, nobody would see one single image of mine without my logo splattered across the image, in case someone wanted to slip my images into their portfolio.
Another thing comes to mind is, usually 24 pics, there is bound to be more bad shots than good shots. Any photog worth their weight in sand wouldn't show any pic to anyone that isn't their best work.
IF YOU SHOW BAD WORK, YOU LOOK BAD!
No Offense but I have never heard of you. And were I asked to show anything more than my portfolio, i'd tell you to piss off.
Why would anyone that would attend this "SUPER SHOOT" need to pass, or even want to pass your test anyways?
Is this a totally FREE super shoot funded by only you? If it's free, okay I can see some criterior needing to be met to enter. But nothing passed showing the portfolio.
But if it isnt free and people pay to get in, It makes no sense at all to be asked to provide anything to be able to attend, other than their payment method.
and finally, if it's one of those things that invites a photog to come for free, and then charges people to get in and watch, do the invited photogs get any fees for their time and work at your " SUPER SHOOT?" Or do you and your crew keep all the cash?