Writes Nick Melidonis, "Many enthusiast photographers start acquiring an interest in photography by photographing events in their families, such as their children’s birthdays, sports days, friends’ gatherings and presentations at work. Due to the COVID travel restrictions, shooting events closer to home has kept many enthusiast photographers busy with a welcome opportunity to use their camera equipment.
"As their hobby grows and photographic skills improve, enthusiasts may find they are increasingly being asked to photograph events by their friends or work colleagues and this may result in their interest to take on and seek work as a part-time photographer. Some go on to find niche markets in their community or town, recording events that may be used to supplement the cost of their hobby, commence a profitable part-time business or even eventually lead to a flourishing full time business. I mentor a friend who started shooting AFL matches (he’s American, so he brought a different perspective to the images). Now he’s given prime positions on the ground and getting lots of regular work because he’s well known and produces a result every time.
"If this style of photography is of interest to you, then this article will outline a few tips and suggestions to get you started. I can’t outline all possible types of events and I’ll leave shooting weddings to the experts.
Firstly, documenting an event using still pictures isn’t for everyone. Even experienced photographers who routinely take well-composed, sharp and correctly exposed pictures don’t always cover events effectively. Things happen very quickly during events and if your knowledge of your camera or shooting techniques is not sound, it will show up very quickly."
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