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Starting a new job
« on: August 15, 2012, 01:17:35 AM »
Since I was, shall we say, 'Let Go' from my previous IT job, I've decided to take the leap and actually get into a job within the field of Photography. Most of my fellow US members may know of the company Lifetouch. For those who may not know them, they're a photography company who have been specializing in school portraiture for many, many years. Most kids who had a school picture taken, at least in the US, had it taken by Lifetouch.

Anyway, I was hired in the Sports and Candids department. So basically what I'll be doing is photographing team sports, the team portraits, cheer leaders, etc etc. I'll also be doing games themselves, as well as prom stuff, school plays, etc etc. Basically anything in a year book that isn't your year book photo, will be taken by my department.

I'm pretty excited, I get to use my A700 for anything to do with candids (i.e. the football/baseball whatever games) and they're giving me a Nikon D2X, SB800 flash-gun, manfroto tripod, and a Normon 400W strobe and power pack. The Nikon stuff I get to use for the team portraits etc.

Anyway, it should be fun to actually get out there and get paid to take pictures. No, it's not the most creative job in the world...but the candid jobs I do get to use some creativity there. But regardless, it's a foot-in-the-door of the industry, and I'm certain it's not a bad thing to have on a resume.

Well, I just wanted to share. Thanks for reading.
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Re: Starting a new job
« Reply #1 on: August 15, 2012, 03:07:29 AM »
Best of luck with it and if the night baseball game shots are an example of your work you should not need much luck.....john
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Re: Starting a new job
« Reply #2 on: August 15, 2012, 04:09:39 AM »
Thanks John, that means a lot. Hopefully I'll be able to get some even better shots being on the field.
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Re: Starting a new job
« Reply #3 on: August 15, 2012, 09:04:10 AM »
Congratulations.

I am sure that as with any type of job, one of the hardest things is getting that first job, so that in future you can show that you have 'relevant' experience.
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Re: Starting a new job
« Reply #4 on: August 16, 2012, 09:47:41 PM »
Congratulations.

I am sure that as with any type of job, one of the hardest things is getting that first job, so that in future you can show that you have 'relevant' experience.
Yes, that is quite true, and I'll have my first crack at it tomorrow with real students (football team).

Also, I know this is a Sony forum but I wanted to share two quick images I just took with the D2X (GASP! Don't hit me!!!). Taking a page out of Sparkie's book here, I cut up a fresh Musk Mellon (what most of my fellow Americans call a Cantaloupe) and took some shots. Never having done the fruit thing, these probably could use some help...but just getting a feel for the new camera and what not. Let me know what you think.


Musk Mellon 2 by ACDavis85, on Flickr


Musk Mellon 1 by ACDavis85, on Flickr
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Re: Starting a new job
« Reply #5 on: August 17, 2012, 04:58:17 AM »
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Congrats on the new gig..the sports thing sounds great. GOOD LUCK!

Great colors on the cut surface of the melon. The actual fruit looks good to me...I am not overly keen on the background. 

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Re: Starting a new job
« Reply #6 on: August 18, 2012, 12:34:53 AM »
Thanks Clive. Yeah, the background stinks...but it was literally the only solidly colored piece of cloth in my house! And yes, that melon is perfectly ripe and delicious.
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« Reply #7 on: August 19, 2012, 07:02:16 PM »
Great opportunity. All the best in your new job!

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Re: Starting a new job
« Reply #8 on: August 19, 2012, 09:31:25 PM »
It's always nice to get payed to to something that you would enjoy doing without pay.
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Re: Starting a new job
« Reply #9 on: August 25, 2012, 01:51:53 PM »
Excellent news! I only hope that when you're not working you'll still see your own photography as a pleasurable hobby! We still enjoy the wildlife stuff even though we do dog portraiture as a pot boiler. People have got to be easier than dogs! :)
My niece does school photographs and she'd never held an SLR in her life before. As you say, it's pretty formulaic, as is dog portraits are (except for the running about/jumping off the platform/refusing to sit etc etc), but it sounds as though you'll be doing sport as well which will be right down your alley and cater for your creativity :)

Now.... unless you sign something that gives this firm full rights over your property the images will be yours. Do the kids sign 'model release forms' - I presume they'll have to? I only mention this as there's a possibility for you to still use these images for yourself. Like we do -  we send the images 'down the line' and we always have copies that belong to us! ;)

Good Luck - I'm pleased for you! It's a rung on the ladder of something you like doing.

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Re: Starting a new job
« Reply #10 on: August 26, 2012, 10:43:08 PM »
Excellent news! I only hope that when you're not working you'll still see your own photography as a pleasurable hobby! We still enjoy the wildlife stuff even though we do dog portraiture as a pot boiler. People have got to be easier than dogs! :)
My niece does school photographs and she'd never held an SLR in her life before. As you say, it's pretty formulaic, as is dog portraits are (except for the running about/jumping off the platform/refusing to sit etc etc), but it sounds as though you'll be doing sport as well which will be right down your alley and cater for your creativity :)

Now.... unless you sign something that gives this firm full rights over your property the images will be yours. Do the kids sign 'model release forms' - I presume they'll have to? I only mention this as there's a possibility for you to still use these images for yourself. Like we do -  we send the images 'down the line' and we always have copies that belong to us! ;)

Good Luck - I'm pleased for you! It's a rung on the ladder of something you like doing.

Pat
Thanks Pat!

Yes, I'd imagine dogs can be challenging! The high-school kids we see are all pretty simple. Typically, (especially with football players) you tell one kid how to pose, and the rest of them will fall directly into place.

But yeah, so far I still enjoy the hobby...but honestly, I've not had much time to go out and take pictures. However, I still have the desire, so to speak.

As for the images, unfortunately, it's in the paperwork that we all signed, that the images do NOT belong to us. However, because we're expected to keep our own back-ups at home, there is something in there about how we are allowed to use the images in our portfolio...however I believe they have to watermarked with the Lifetouch logo.

So overall, it's enjoyable. I'm definitely having fun and usually we get to have fun with most of the seniors/varisty players; i.e. joking around, rousing them about their season etc.
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