Upload & Sell: On
| p.1 #1 · Moving into a bit of paid work faster than I expected, looking for some gear advice |
Sorry if this rambles a bit...about a year and a half ago, I bought my first 'serious' camera, a 60D, for film making. I quickly picked up a couple lenses and started using it to shoot at work and some projects for school (I'm a senior COMM/Film student at Northeastern). Through my office, I picked up paid freelance video work, and earlier this year I decided to purchase a used 5Dmk2 on FM. Since then, I've started working at a different company, in a completely different role, that doesn't really involve shooting stills or video. However, I'm on the varsity rowing team at NU, so I have a lot of friends on other teams. I've been photographing my own team over the last year and those images attracted enough attention through facebook that I had requests to shoot my friends games. I went to a friend's volleyball game in September with my 60D and 70-200 f/2.8 IS II and got some okay results--but still very amateurish. However, since big white L glass tends to attract attention, the sports editor of NU's paper approached me and asked if I would shoot for them. Then the athletic department saw some of my images, where I captured great moments from the game, and asked if I would share the pictures. Seeing an opportunity to start a relationship here, I purchased a 7D used and sold my 60D the next week. I've been shooting for the paper on a weekly basis, and the athletic compliance office just cleared me for compensation when I shoot for the SID. (There were all kinds of potential compliance problems because I am currently an a D1 team)
While the images I get are ok to pretty good with the 7D 70-200 f/2.8 combo, if I am going to be paid as the primary shooter for games, I think I need to pick up some additional gear. I do have a paid full time job, though the money isn't enough to pick up anything new. I don't know whether this is something I want to do full time, but I want to deliver the best images I can. I'll try and post some of my work up to this point soon. I've only felt limited by my current gear shooting field sports, especially night games. I'm trying to decide whether it's worth the investment right now.
Sorry this was a bit long; everything is moving a kind of fast with this. I'm trying to learn as much and as quickly as I can, while still delivering good images. I realize it's totally ridiculous to make the jump from guy with a camera to 'real' photographer in a matter of months, just trying to figure out how I can do it right.