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I’m working

2020-05-20T12:48:37+01:00Articles, Blog @en|

-Can you step aside?
I can’t, I’m working here.
-Oh!! so rude!!

This is just one example of the many dialogues that can happen while you’re working in an event.

When the site is not a conditioned area or a pit for photographers and videographers, there’s no other choice but to mingle among the attendees. In these cases you make your job because you have been hired specifically for this event and you are the official photographer.

In another class of events, where there’s multiple photographers covering them, you must go correctly identified. But in a place where you are the only one, and only you and someone else from your team, why go identified ?, camera is not sufficient identification to let you do your job quietly? Apparently not.

Being in possession of a camera doesn’t make you a photographer

It has become so common the image of someone carrying a DSLR camera that few know the distinction between an a amateur and a professional. And, apart from common, they find it also annoying. They no longer feel fascinated by the person who is immortalizing memories because they too can do it, even with a Smartphone. The difference is in the quality of the final work.

These situations, let’s call them “nasty”, can happen in multiple environments. For example, a wedding. When you’re doing the usual pictures of small groups of guests, next to the newlyweds, and comes the typical family member next to you to make the same picture, some even telling you with their face that you step aside so they can do it.  Or in the important moments, such as cutting the cake. Everyone around the couple with their Smartphone’s and you have to find a vacuum (above) to not bother them.

Another examples are concerts in small halls or no pits. Typically, you have to use very vertical takes, or corners or on the stage to not disturb the audience, but then, almost always there’s a group that makes your distinctive “wall” and it is impossible  to go through, as much as you show your camera.

It’s important that people learn to value and respect someone who is doing his work in a place where they are in their leisure time. Obviously they want to make the most of this moment, but it doesn’t cost too much to move a few centimeters if there’s a camera obstructing their visibility. Nor should you have to believe yourself and go almighty and taking pictures wherever you want; with a little logic and Picardy you will find the best places for everyone to be happy and avoid conflicts.

Fortunately, some theatres before starting the work, the presenter tells the public that there are professionals covering the event and they don’t need to use their smart phones. They can enjoy 100% of the time there, without the anxiety of having to upload it to their social networks. Still remains to extend this practice to other areas and the public to assimilate, but it’s a big step.

How have been your experiences covering events? We want to know!

Until next week, and BonapaShooting continues!

 

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