Photo Shoot part 2 Taking Pictures and Editing

Day of the Shoot

  • Test your camera before heading out by taking a few pictures
  • If your shoot involves people, get them done first so as to not waste any of their time
  • Do your buildings, product or other type shots after any people
  • Get some solid shots before doing anything creative. You want to get paid.
  • Be ready to work with difficult people or bad lighting. Have a plan.
  • At all times, remain professional.

After the Shoot

  • Make sure you have backed up your photos to at least one other device before leaving your shoot.
  • It is just a piece of insurance that will leave you feeling better.
  • Take some notes of what went well and what didn't work. Every time you photograph you learn more.

Editing Your Work

  • Try to put yourself in the place of the person who will be viewing/buying your photographs
  • Review their wants before doing any edits
  • If possible, give the photos a few days before doing any serious editing
  • Editing usually involves a rough edit and then a final edit.
  • Organize the files in folders for each edit

Delivering Your Photos

  • Do one final look at the photos and if your gut tells you to fix something, do it. Sometimes photos need a bump in contrast and/or saturation
  • Do the edits on copies of the photos
  • Ask the client what they want for delivery, CD, DVD, USB drive etc.
  • Meet with the person who is going to use the images in case they have any questions
  • The whole process can be a bit stressful from start to finish, but in the end you should have pride in knowing you finished. You should also be more confident with your next assignment.


Created with images by BEP - "camera girl photography" • Shermeee - "______ Photography?" • kevin dooley - "Analog photography" • ionasnicolae - "nikon camera photography" • naotakem - "Chicago Architecture" • inspirejar - "Success"

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