5 – Time to take the images
So this IS the time we spend with you shooting, the contact time, the time on site – it’s where the magic is started, but by no means complete.
When people ask “what is your day rate”, I assume this is the thing they are expecting to pay for.
On the shoot day, it’s all systems go, you’ll see us:-
- Setting up lights and tripods if needed
- Hooking up a laptop
- Creating the look – so moving lights around, moving people around, adding ingredients to food shots etc.
- Test shots – getting the lighting right, showing clients to see what they think.
- Meeting people and putting them at ease – bad jokes and getting them to do “stuff” to take their mind of the camera
- Shooting (finally!)
- Moving to the next location (e.g. from Bar to Kitchen) and repeating all the above.
- Packing up
It’s a pretty full on day for a photographer – lugging kit around, thinking of all the camera stuff, all the flash stuff and managing people – especially those who say they hate being photographed (98% of people).
We leave with a camera full of RAW files, and part 6 starts…