The company I am working for was having an event in November and since I
have been making some pictures of food for the guys before they asked me to
do the photoshoot of the event as well. How cool is that, it is before the
Christmas so I could use some extra job and this will be a good fun.
First things first, I had to ask myself few questions.
Do I wanna be part of it?
Yes! Events like this are lots of fun and you will always meet plenty of people
– potencially your future clients.
Is it gonna be paid job or something to help me with exposure?
Yes again! We agreed on price and maybe, if I make this work, I can do some
other events in future.
The next one is really tricky – Can I make this work?
I will! You know how everybody tells you that you are a good in that what
you do, but you know that it is not just “being good” it is actually a hard work
including preparation and maybe some research and testing.
Let’s start with that, considering the gear I have it looks a bit challenging to be
honest. When I first came to Regent’s Park there was barely any light and if,
mainly from the horrible yellow spot lights. I started running around with
both cameras and try all lenses and flash settings. One of the cameras could
barely focus so I put it back in my bag and kept the old Nikon. The focusing
was a problem as well and frankly, if there is one thing you have to get right,
it is to have a nice, sharp pictures otherwise just use your phone – it will look
better. At that point I wrapped it up and went home to figure the whole thing
At home I was chasing our cat around the house and decided to use the
manual focus (which I barely use). When I checked the pictures it wasn’t
actully half bad. That night I went to the bed with decision to shoot the whole
event with one lens and on manual, really scared how this will work.
All geared up I went to do the job with the mind set: “I will make the most of
it!” thinking about having a pro camera which would just make my life easier.
The actual shooting was really fun, everybody was having a good time. It felt
a bit awkward to spent extra time focusing on manual but the pictures looked
good. After about five hours of shooting I went home thinking that this is
either gonna be really good or disaster if the pictures are not in focus. All the
way home there was only one thing in my head: “Can’t wait to see that on
And voilà, 99% of the pictures were good!
After few days I send the pictures to the client and had the best reward ever –
client, who is really happy with your job.
Since than I couldn’t stop thinking about getting new gear and start shooting
more often. I feel like it is about the time to stop worrying to much and start
working on my own thing. Sometimes it takes a little bit longer to get where you want to be but I am pretty sure it is worth it. At the end, how would we know if we will never try?