Daves Frequently Asked Questions
Questions, and answers, here I'll try and answer common questions concerning what I do, how I sell, and booking my services a photographer.
Who am I, and why?
Up until 2014 I was an I.T consultant, with some building facilities management thrown in, but manly dealing with computers, and network infrastructure. Thal all ended in July 2014 with a redundancy package.
Since 2008 I had reacquired my enthusiasm, and passion for photography after spending most of my adult life riding a bicycle. I packed up cycling competition as I needed to earn money to get on with normal life, so I got involved in the computer industry.
Photography started for me during secondary education with black, and white film. Cameras supplied by the school we as a group of kids with one camera would go out and learn the basics. I found the process fascinating, being able to capture a moment with a camera, then watching the image come to life in the school's darkroom on special paper.
Sadly for me I was slung off the course as I was a little slow with the theory concept of photography, but that didn't stop me when I left school.
That was ion the late seventies when digital was still a concept, video recorders was the boom.
So who is a Professional Photographer.
In a nutshell, a professional photographer is someone who earns money from their photography, be it for the news paper as a photojournalist, to a portrait photographer. If a photographer charges a client money for what they do, they are a professional.
What camera equipment do you use?
It doesn't really matter what equipment thats used as long as the end result is a photograph that tells the story.
I use Nikon cameras with Nikkor lenses.
I started off with Olympus cameras based on limited knowledge at the time. I soon realised that if I wanted to sell images to the public I would need to invest in better gear as the Olympus equipment was not good enough.
Do you do all types of Photography or just specialise in one area?
When I first started I just photographed cycling sport events, then I was approached by a cyclist who asked if I could photograph their wedding. Then the wedding photography started.
I now varied stuff, some portrait work, family portraits or individuals portraits, and very occasionally some football.
Architecture photography I don't do or Fashion. I would like to do some extreme sport if the opportunity presents itself.
You have a brilliant picture of me from a recent event, can I have it for my blog article I'm doing, I will make sure I credit you on the photo?
It is at the photographers discretion as weather they give away their photos. Most enthusiasts photographers will tend to give away their photos, as they are not making a living from photography.
As a full time photographer, giving images away with the photographers name on it , or being credited doesn't help pay the bills.
Ask yourself, would you work all day for nothing knowing you have bills to pay, and watch someone else profit from what you have done. It is harsh, but thats the way it is for the moment.
My cycling club is promoting an event, how do I book you, and how much do you charge?
For covering a Time Trial Event, in Kent, be it a 10 or 25 mile time trial £60 with a Hi Res Image of the winner with the fastest time.
For covering a road race E/1/2/3 open event £100 with a selection of low res images and a Hi Res image of the winner
For covering Circuit races with a schedule of 3 races, 4th cat race 3rd cat race E/1/2 race £80 with a selection of low Res images, and Hi Res images of the winners.
For covering a Sportive £150 with a selection of low res images for social media publicity.
For an event over 6 hours upto 12 hours coverage £250
Email is the best way to contact; email@example.com
How do I buy an image?
Using a computer/Laptop: You need to go to the gallery where you have seen the image you would like, view it in it's large size where there will be a BUY button near the bottom right of the viewable screen, click/top on that button to see the popup menu, choose this photo where some more options will appear.
Choose one of the options following options;
Wall Art - Paper Prints - Downloads
If it is a digital Download your after go for that option.
With image downloads there is a choice from Low Res images to Hi Res images.
The Low res images will be under 1 megabyte (mb or k's for kilobytes) in size for social media sites such as Facebook, Twitter, and instagram. This is a popular option.
The Higher Res images are from 3 megabits (mb) upwards to 10mb Ideal for printing to larger sizes upto A3 size paper or upto 20"x16"
Please note that there are two types of licences associated with digital image downloads,
Personal Licence and Commercial usage.
Personal Licence copyright; allows you to purchase and use the image for printing and personally displaying the image on a personal digital device for no profit gain or selling. There is no limit top printing the image.
Commercial Licence: can be purchased if the image is intended to be used in a commercial publication, Newspaper, magazine, advertising, or where the image will be used to gain income or profit.
When an image is purchased the licence will only give you limited copyright, The photographer maintains complete copyright on all images in the galleries.
Image download copyright
Please note that there are two types of licences associated with digital image downloads.
Personal Licence and Commercial licence usage.
Personal Licence copyright; allows you to purchase and use the image for printing and personally displaying the image on a personal digital device, for no profit gain or selling. There is no limit to printing the image.
Commercial Licence: can be purchased if the image is intended to be used in a commercial publication, Newspaper, magazine, advertising, or where the image will be used to gain income or profit. When an image is purchased the licence will only give you limited copyright, The photographer maintains complete copyright on all images in the galleries.
How Do I buy a printed copy of an image.
From the image full size view locate the buy button at the bottom of the image to click buy, then click on This Photo from the popup menu.
Choose one of the options following options; Wall Art - Paper Prints - Downloads
Paper Prints will give you all the sizes of prints on offer with prices.
Your order will go to Loxley Printing Labs. Images can take upto 3 days from the order date.
I've not received my photo print, it's been 2 weeks?
Don't worry, if you have an emailed receipt that will have an order number with the cost. Please email Smugmug directly including your order number for your order to be found. Smugmug will sort the issue with the printers for you. The Smugmug help email address firstname.lastname@example.org
I bought an image download, when do I get the image.
When you buy an image download, once the payment has completed you will be emailed a confirmation with a download link instantly. Some times this email gets tagged as spam, or junk, so it may end up in your email providers Junk/spam mail folder.