Well here is my second blog. YOO HOO!!! I'm really on a roll now.
This blog will be about my feelings towards event photography. I started to really get into event photography three years ago when I started to attend dock diving events for dogs. My friend Lori introduced me to the sport and I fell in love with it.
It was such a hard event to photograph and I love a good challenge. My first attempt at photographing dogs jumping off a dock into a pool were horrible!!! I had no idea how to focus on the dogs quick movement or deal with such horrible lighting conditions. I swore I would get better at it even if it killed me.
I started going to every dock diving event I could find that was no further then three hours away from where I live. Well I did manage to find a lot of events. I stood out under that hot damn sun for hours just trying to capture that perfect image. I soon learned that you are pretty much stuck with whatever lighting God has planned for that day.
It's been three years now photographing dock diving events and I'm pretty happy with where my images are at now. Sure I still have issues sometimes tracking the focus of the dog but I'm much better at it now. I shoot in RAW format which helps a lot with the lighting conditions.
I did attend an Arabian Horse Show last year at Perry Ga and I guess I pretty much bombed that event because only two people ordered images from me. The lighting conditions were horrible!! So needless to say I won't be doing anymore horse show events unless they are outdoors with better lighting conditions.
It is a tough gig being an event photographer nowadays because everyone seems to take photos or videos with their cell phones. This is what will eventually kill the event photographer. Oh and don't forget the amateur photographer who takes photos and then just gives his work away for free. I really love photographing the joy a dog has when he or she makes that leap into the pool but I also have bills to pay and a life to live, so I believe my days are numbered as an event photographer. I hope everyone enjoys their cell phone images because that will be all you have left when the water settles.
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