Not been on for ages! Had so much to do what with running my business and the photo shoot, for those interested here's how it kind of worked out and a brief outline of what was involved:
A days travelling for lens hire and dropping it off again
I did 2 full days on the shoot over 4 full shows
I spent about 3 full days preparing all the images / converting them from RAW to jpg and putting them on contact sheets which I printed off myself, this was a lot of work trying to get the best out of the images some of which needed a lot of work to reduce grain - whilst people in the know might accept it I felt the customers / parents would think them to be of poor quality with the amount of grain some of them had.
My total cash outlay including paper for the contact sheets, new ink, lens hire and travel was just short of £160.
I decided to charge £5 per print for 6x4 photos and in a way I wish I had gone for 7x5 but, well hindsights a wonderful thing I guess (a couple of people complained this was too high for a print, grrr I found that annoying really especially if you take in to account the amount of time I invested). I did give all the customers a group picture of the finale though
Overall we had about £500 worth of orders which wasn't too bad really, unfortunately most of the images that I was really pleased with failed to get ordered as they were of the older children in the show and they it turns out tend not to buy so the majority of the orders were from the mums of the youngsters (lesson learnt for next time!).
The amount of time invested I would say I was on pennies an hour lol but I have to say the experience was unbelievably amazing and they have asked me back as the regular photographer for their events.
Overall I would say I gained more knowledge about my camera, photography in poor and ever changing lighting conditions and working with people in that short space of time than I would probably ever have managed to learn had I chose not to take on the job, it was very stressful at times though, when I processed some of the pics I was a bit wary of how they would turn out, but infact they looked much better on paper than I could ever have imagined.
I've been asked to prepare some of the images (actually loads and mostly of the older children) for the dance and theatre schools new website when it goes live so I will have some more images to show you then, but from the ones ordered here a couple of my favorites.
Well hope you don't mind me rambling on for so long
just thought some of the aspiring pro photographers might be interested in seeing some information from a complete novice of this sort of thing and how I got on with my first job.
Now I need to think about a pic for the assignment!