Steve's Digicams Forums

Steve's Digicams Forums (
-   General Discussion (
-   -   Prom Photos (

milleniumdesigns Jan 16, 2004 5:04 PM

Prom Photos
Does anyone here has done this?
If so how you handle it and what did you offer?
It was good on the profit side?

digcamfan Jan 18, 2004 9:07 PM

Have only taken a few indoor photos so am definitely not an expert not even a good amateur.

I would highly recommend talking to a pro if one will talk
to you.

Also, minimum accessories in my opinion would be external flash with a tripod.

Good luck :)

milleniumdesigns Jan 18, 2004 10:24 PM

I tried event photography with on site printing,
I took Santas Pictures with kids at 2 local schools, things were perfect, Schools were just 30 students each but i used it to see what was necessary to get on a bigger job.

I must say that I LOVE EVENT PHOTOGRAPHY i like the rush

milleniumdesigns Jan 20, 2004 11:41 AM


PeterP Jan 20, 2004 11:57 AM

Grad/prom photos are a big business and profits can be good.

Normally a studio is contracted by the schools to do all the images for the event. It can be hard to break in to an already established relationship if the school has been using the same shooters year after year.

Generally print packages are sold and depending on the institute there can be thousands of sittings to do in a very short time.

Used to be special high capacity cameras were used that could take huge numbers of images per film load. Now they are replaced by hirez medium format digitals backs.

You also need a decent lighting setup, backgrounds and props.
I have seen a few books out there that try to cover this type of shooting.

I haven't seen anyone using dSlr's for this type of work yet, but with the cameras like the canon 1ds it is a possibility.

This type of work can cause one to loose ones hair almost as fast as wedding photography :) :) :)
Or worse baby photography :shock: :shock: :shock:

A good way to break in is to locate the local studio and try to get in on an assisting gig.

Another thing, as a business you need legal protection, a flubbed shoot can result in some nasty law suites. I guess this depends on which country you are in, (Definitely applies to USA & Canada).

All times are GMT -5. The time now is 5:02 PM.