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Lighting Team and Individual Photos
Tom Suarez, Photographer
Austin | texas | USA | Posted: 5:42 PM on 03.30.13
->> I am doing 24 teams and this is something new for me so I have a question about lighting. I plan on using 2 Photoflex 300 watt heads powered by vagabond batteries. I plan on shooting individuals followed by the team after. My question is when setting up lighting do you use the same lighting set up for both team and individual? I think it would be too much to set up 2 different lighting set ups or to adust lights each time. If anyone has any tips or pointers it would be appreciated. You can post here or private message me. Thanks
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Bruce Sherwood, Photographer
Carlsbad | Ca | USA | Posted: 6:35 PM on 03.30.13
->> Tom, I do quite a few team and individual pics for Lacrosse and I have found that it is easiest to have 2 separate lighting set ups. It allows me to get things set up prior and then it expedites the shoot by having people move quickly between the 2. Good Luck!
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Jeff Stanton, Photographer
Atlanta | Ga | USA | Posted: 6:48 PM on 03.30.13
->> I don't know what your set up is, but I would advise you to get at least another set of hands and eyes to assist you. Twenty-four teams, coaches, etc. is a lot of people for one guy to direct.
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Eric Canha, Photographer
Brockton | MA | United States | Posted: 7:24 PM on 03.30.13
->> Tom I do both. It really depends on the size of the teams and how much time I have. If time is tight and the teams are large I setup a team station and an individual station. If it's REALLY tight and the teams are good size I have one person assigned to shooting teams and the second shooter doing individuals at a separate station... In some cases I setup 2 individual stations and one team station. As we can knock out 15-20 individuals in the time it takes to herd and pose a team. That keeps everything moving.

For smaller teams (or older kids that can take direction and keep focused) I use a single posing area and do both the team and individual at the one station.
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Eric Thieszen, Photographer
Mooresville | IN | USA | Posted: 9:48 PM on 03.30.13
->> Tom, Eric is dead on, to move them through fast and impress them so they call you back next year have plenty of helpers. We do several large leagues and use 2 shooters for individuals and 1 just for teams. With that many shooters we can run the teams through every 10 - 15 minutes on average. This helps the coaches relax because you are not cutting in to there precious pregame warmups.
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Stanley Leary, Photographer
Roswell | GA | USA | Posted: 10:26 PM on 03.30.13
->> I found sometime you might need to do it alone for the budget they have to work with and use this setup:
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Tom Suarez, Photographer
Austin | texas | USA | Posted: 11:58 PM on 03.30.13
->> Thanks for the answers. I will be the only shooter but will have 2-3 people assisting and keeping track of the file numbers and such. I will be doing this over a 3 day period averaging 8-9 teams each afternoon due to game schedules and such. I plan on allowing about 15 minutes per team. Om some of the teams such as T-Ball there may only be 6 or 7 players.
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Philip Johnson, Photographer
Garland | TX | USA | Posted: 9:36 AM on 03.31.13
->> Tom,

Don't forget about having some one there to take orders and payment. Setup a table and have some display items to show people what they will be getting.
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Clark Brooks, Photo Editor, Photographer
Urbana | IL | USA | Posted: 12:12 PM on 03.31.13
->> I will second Philips suggestion of having an order taker. The last time I did a T&I (many, many years ago) several of the envelopes where parent had sent cash were short. Since I did the gig alone, I had no way of knowing until I got back to the office. Given it would have been a she said/he said situation, I ate the loss. If I ever do a T&I in the future, an order taker I trust is the first assistant I would hire.
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Donald Montague, Photographer
Orlando | FL | | Posted: 6:29 PM on 03.31.13
->> I have a persona at the display take with extra order forms as well as answering any questions about products. the last thing you want to do is stop shooting to answer what a memory mate is to every other parent.
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Paul Alesse, Photographer
Coram | NY | USA | Posted: 9:41 PM on 03.31.13
->> Tom... have you done this before? Always prepare for teams showing up late and other possible logistic issues. Whenever we take on a new league for the first time and don't know what to expect, we always overstaff a bit. If one team shows up late, it's going to back the whole thing up. I would suggest bringing on another photographer and have two individual stations and 1 team station just to be sure.

If you're looking to start doing this kind of work, you'll want things to go smooth to make a good impression. If teams show up late, no matter how much you try to explain to parents that it wasn't your fault... in their eyes and in the league's eyes... it will be.

Play it safe.
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Alan Luby, Photographer
Riviera Beach | FL | USA | Posted: 12:13 PM on 04.01.13
->> I'm with Paul on this one, I had a league a few years ago that the league set up the times for the team photos. According to the teams the information was not sent to the coaches so we started late and some teams never showed up. This basically killed my sales and everybody looked at me like I was the one that screwed up.

Prepare for any and everything.
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