5 Cliches About Photography You Should Avoid
1. Arm yourself with 5 different cameras.
Multiple cameras hanging off your neck during a shoot should be a thing of the past. The most notable difference in how cameras are built now and two decades ago is the fact that one functional camera can fit multiple lenses that will give different results according to the photographer’s wishes. Moreover, the kind of event or occasion should give any professional photographer a feel of what he needs to have with him/her. And from experience, you don’t really get to use all of them.
2. You’re a photographer, appearance does not matter.
It’s no longer acceptable to show up for a shoot dressed in the same jeans and sneakers that you’ve been in for the past several days. Personal grooming is no longer a by the way. Your professionalism is judged right from go, and that means an impressive first impression will win you the day. You would be surprised how many attendees would gladly pose for photo simply because they have a warm attitude towards the person holding the camera. Wear a clean shirt and pants, and while you might be concerned about the shoes you’ll walk around in all day, ensure they are clean anyway.
3. Take as many photos as humanly possible.
This is arguable, depending on the occasion or kind of photo shoot in question. In the case of a corporate event, it is not about how many (useless) photos you can capture during the event to create value for your work. The essence is to capture the defining moments without failure. You must ask the client beforehand, what is the intended use of the photos? With this in mind, it is necessary to understand the program and where the important people will be at each moment during the event. This way, you will be able to capture the perfect moments and the majority of your photos will be relevant to your client thus value for work and time.
4. During an event, eat as much as you want, besides, you’ve already done your job.
It’s not a foreign sight to see a photographer seated somewhere away from prying eyes, ravaging on a full platter of food, after everyone is already done eating. Not only is it a displeasing sight, it’s also borderline unprofessional. Understandably, the photographer should be taking great pictures of guests enjoying their meal during breaks and lunch. But with time consciousness, s/he should be able to take 10 minutes to have a quick bite then get back to it. Take time after the event to have a proper meal, away from your esteemed clients.
5. Delivery is after a week, or three. You need time to edit.
The most common phrase used by photographers to their clients: delivery is after xx weeks because I need to edit. This should not be the case. The beauty of any event is the time of the event. With so many good settings on most professional cameras, not to mention in-built WiFi and direct download applications on smartphones, great images should be deliverable in a day’s time and for a dedicated photography team, images should be produced, tweeted and posted as the event happens.
There are many more practices that good photography can be attributed to. Are you aware of some? Share your experience and credit some good photographers.