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Event photographers are generally in the business of selling prints, not just snapping photos. They want to sell you the best images they can make, not the raw material for making those images. There may also be some concern that their name will be attached to images that they didn't entirely control: they don't want to be associated with your questionable ...


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Disclaimer: This answer does not offer any help with decreasing shutter volume - it is an anecdote and therefore just a viewpoint that is related to your status quo. I think that there is not much you can do about it - if you are aware that your camera is non-silent and you try your best to avoid it being disturbing, you already did everything you could. ...


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I'd rather not just let the photographer pick the X images that he/she thinks are best to edit and deliver because he/she won't have the same opinion as me as to which images are the best. But you let him pick what equipment he uses, the settings of the camera, the lens, where he points the camera, when he takes an image, etc. It's odd pay somebody to do ...


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Political rallies can be a crap shoot. Sometimes credentialed media get placed in preferred areas that give good views of the candidates) and other speakers. At other rallies, I have seen the press cordoned off to areas that limit what they can see and shoot. In the long run I think it would be beneficial to you to go through the process and apply for ...


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You need to adjust for the color temperature of the light source. Additionally. when the light source is of such a limited spectrum as appears to be the case here, you need to add more light that covers a wider portion of the visible spectrum. The relatively bright sky in the background fooled your camera's Auto White Balance into thinking that is what ...


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Usually, people are aware that they have it, but don't want it to be so pronounced. If you can use Gimp, there is a plugin called Wavelet decompose. In this site there is some information on how to use it to retouch pictures. I like that technique because you don't need to complete remove what doesn't please you, but you can minimize it so the picture ...


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Because unedited / unretouched images do not represent the photographers' best efforts. A wedding photographer is not somebody hired to use an expensive point-and-shoot. The shots they take require editing because there is more information in the RAW file (digital negative) than can be represented in any JPEG image. It's part of the creative process to push/...


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In case there are multiple crazy lights casting different tones from different directions; you only have JPEGs; or you just need a quick solution, an easy way to fix color cast is to go for black and white. Here's what I got in Gimp under a minute (Colors -> Desaturate -> Average), including some increase of contrast using Curves tool:


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I think I would have used flash to overpower the extreme purple. But sometimes you can't do that, which can mean a lot of work in post. Here is what I would do in lightroom or photoshop camera raw. First thing I would do, which everyone else seems to have mentioned is to adjust the white balance. I then added a neutral gradient with even more white balance ...


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A great deal of what makes a professional photographer; professional - is that they are able to capture great images in a wide range of different scenarios (especially true of event photographers). Another factor is simply being prepared, which can come in the form of research being done on the venue, bringing the appropriate equipment, or setting ...


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If you can set up your Raspberry Pi to listen on WiFi, my suggestion is as follows: Install imagemagick on the Pi to get the convert utility. Set up the Pi with an SSID and NFS/SMB/whatever shared folder to receive the images. Script something in bash like for x in *.jpg; do convert -resize 50% $x; done. You can poll the folder on the Pi for changes, too, ...


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Separate pockets. Charged in the right side, dead in the left. You don't have time to be messing around. Fast, Quick, Simple. I also carry a spare brick with me (20 pack of disposables). Sometimes you need them on the 16 plus hour days.


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The best way to shoot indoors sports in most fairly evenly lit gyms/rinks/arenas is to set exposure manually. It gives you the most complete control over shutter times, aperture, and ISO. Keep in mind that manual exposure will be more accurate than automatic metering under flickering lights such as those found in most indoor sports arenas and outdoor ...


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There's really little you can do that's practical within your constraints. Your options: Get a noise-reducing blimp or enclosure for your camera. This is what pro shooters use when they shoot at video productions. Expensive, but will work with what you have (you might need to be careful what model you buy given what lenses you want to use inside it). Use ...


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Well, just an idea: print cards with your email. Write a number and a password in each card. The numbers must be consecutive and you should use them in order. Every time you meet a new subject, take a picture of a card and give it to him/her. They just need to send you an email indicating the number and the password. The number will help you to find the ...


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My solution is a photographic staple: tape. For camera batteries I put a strip of tape securely across the terminals, with one end folded under to create an easy-peel 'flag'. It needs to be removed before the battery can be used, making it foolproof. For AA and AAA batteries I do the same, but with tape across both ends. A little slower to remove, but they ...


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The main is issue is light as you seem to understand. There are two ways to get around it: High ISO which all modern DSLRs do. Most cropped-sensor models perform very closely, so the real question is if you can afford to go full-frame which is more expensive and more heavy. Otherwise among cropped-sensor DSLRs, the difference in high-ISO between an entry-...


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What works for you depends very much on what you want to achieve. The commercial event software may well be best if you want to use this to make money. I have a system that works well enough for me without too much work. My "day job" is as an electrical design engineer, but I photograph various private and public events and functions where people want to ...


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If you want something that lets you shoot a person in full while being relatively close and keep a shallow DOF, you need a rather open lens. You also need a short focal length (the shorter that length, the closer you can get and leave the other photographers behind you). My first guess would be a 17-50mm f/2.8 zoom (good and wallet-friendly models from Sigma ...


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Thanks for all your advice! I went to the event yesterday, and I had a great time. The line to get in was extremely long, so I went around the back to get a press pass, which they gave me when I showed my ID. I got a few shots from the press area, then I was able to get within 10 feet of the podium, in the crowd. Secret Service checked my bag, but that was ...


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Yes, this is very common. Often, much of the fee is actually to cover the cost of shooting the event and it is unfortunately relatively common for people to decide after an event that they don't care to get photos after all. You can find photographers who will charge a smaller sitting fee (the cost of actually shooting the event) and then more for each ...


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You are looking for a software package that handles photography known as Event Photography. There is an awful lot out there, some is probably great, some crap. So read the reviews, blogs, look for free trials. Here's some to start you off, but I just googled and got them: http://eventphotosystems.com/ http://www.chiizu.com/ and some other sites http://...


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Because some dumbass lawyer sued a wedding photographer who gave him "everything". Gary Fong helped out the original photographer and he's financially OK, but I bet the photographer is going to have second thoughts from now on.


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First off...you use this word...(professional)...I do not think it means what you think it means... All kidding aside, you need to try to save some images, if at all possible. For something that's as severely underexposed as I think your shots are, the best possible thing you can do is: Crank the exposure in Lightroom Up the shadows while trying to control ...


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Photo Mechanic is one of the most widely used products by photojournalists due to the speed you can read your cards, scan thumbnails, add metatdata and upload images. It's a standalone program which runs on Mac and Windows - I don't think there's a version for Linux. If you have a Eye-Fi card, Photo Mechanic can monitor folders for new files as you shoot ...


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In some cases, the easiest solution is the best. I just take the clear cases that sometimes come with new rechargeable batteries and write on the top of the case either "Charged" or "Used" with a black permanent marker(Sharpie®). Alternatively, Sanyo(Eneloop) also now sells AA and AAA batteries in different colors as part of the same set - which works out ...


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Your premise is incorrect. They most certainly do want to release the originals as it is likely far and away the most lucrative package they offer. I would personally fly to your location and shoot your wedding, but it will cost you $15k. The fact is that they won't release the images for the relatively small monetary cost they book the shooting session ...


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You're asking for a "quick tip" on how to shoot one of the most challenging assignments a photographer can draw. Photography is the recording of light. The less light there is to record, the tougher the job of the photographer gets and greater the need for photographer's tools with higher capabilities. Almost everything you learn as a photographer is put to ...


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