August in Photos

Some photos of things I shot in the month of August. I love little photo blog collections


Race Day Event Photography: A Business Tip

I get excited everytime the Boston Marathon comes around since it is one of my favorite sporting events to shoot.

I wanted to share a random business insight I acquired a few years ago which I hope can be useful to anyone who might be new to shooting public sporting events.

Believe it or not the event can be a business opportunity for you in an unlikely way. Runners are coming from all over the country and the often the world – sometimes alone – and for many this is a life milestone.

A couple of years ago when I was on assignment I happened to post some of the images I took at the race online. The next day I was contacted by a fellow who was visiting from Sweden. He had come across my pictures the night after the race and noticed he was in a group action shot. He loved the image and wanted to buy it. Sale made. I’m not saying you are going to make a living running around photographing runners, but you don’t want to miss out on an opportunity to make a little extra money if the opportunity arises.

So, in closing, to be successful at this I think two things are important:

  1. Edit and process the photos ASAP after the event and have them available online to download via your website or other service.
  2. As with everything, make sure you have your business card ON YOUR PERSON. You don’t want to be throwing them into the race, obviously, but you want to have something to follow up with if you are asked by someone at the event.

Let me know if you have any questions.  Happy shooting!


Bringing Film slides back to life (Digitizing)

I’m pretty excited about an experience I had working to digitize some personal family film slides with the help of a company and I’m curious if other people have had a similar experience.

My thoughts on working with a company:

Do some quick research beforehand so that you can familiarize yourself with each companies’ scanning fees and damage protection policies, which vary depending on the location.

The process for me, and as I understand it the general process for most companies, followed this structure:

  1. You collect and organize your slides
  2. You package them and send them to the company
  3. You meet with them to discuss the project
  4. They go through the digitizing work
  5. You meet with them again to retrieve the original slides and the scanned digital files.

It took about 2 1/2 weeks from start to finish and cost around $100*

And if anyone is wondering: FILM is not dead!