10 REASONS TO HIRE A PHOTOGRAPHER AND NOT 'DO IT YOURSELF'

March 12, 2012  •  Leave a Comment

Any one can take a picture - right? It's easy now everyone has a digital camera isn't it. You can just do it yourself or get a mate to do it -- yes!? Well actually no!

Think about it! You're holding an event, it could be a party, a ball, a charity 'do' or a school fete for instance. You've decided you want a set of photographs to remember the day by. This could be a set to hang on the wall, for future promotion, for give-aways or sale or just as a cherished keep sake. You spend the money you need to on the rest of the event so don't skimp on the photographs. The reasons why are simple and are both personal and technical and here are 10:

  1. You have some specific requirements about what you want captured, when and how. You and your mate are both involved in the event and you want to both keep the event on track and just have fun. The last thing you want to do is worry about taking the photographs and making sure you're in the right place an the right time.
  2. Are you detached? If you're a part of the event you can be too involved or personalities may get in the way. Hiring a photographer gives that detachment that allows the photographer to direct activities without clashing with 'Aunty Mable' or rekindling that feud with your cousin.
  3. You can a handle a camera huh! But can you really handle a camera? Can you tale your camera out of 'Auto' and tell it what you really want?
  4. You need to be able to freeze the action - like that! And be able to turn your subjects to the light if possible - just so!
  5. You need to be able to handle low light situations in places or situations where you can't use a flash such as churches. If you don't capture the image properly anybody moving is going to be blurred.
  6. Photographers don't just rock up and start to take pictures. They think, they plan and they visualise before they do. They know what is wanted, what the picture should look like and how to achieve it.
  7. Photographers spend hundreds if not thousands of hours practising and perfecting their art.
  8. Photographers can change settings on their camera to suit different situations without taking their eye from the viewfinder meaning they're almost always ready to shoot.
  9. Most photographers don't just take photos. They offer a full service. Not only will they ensure a full understanding of the shoot, they'll turn up on the day, retouch photos afterwards and deal with printing, placing in albums, posting on the internet and some will even facilitate event planning, printing of invitations and more.
  10. Photographers will bring the right equipment for the job. Sorry - but that point and shoot just won't do!

So whatever you do. Don't skimp on the photographer. At the end of the day all there will be are the memories. Make sure that those memories are as clean and as fresh and as professional as can be.


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