08/15/10 437 W - + 7 - 7 Event Photography

Do you do weddings? Negative. Not your thing? In a manner of speaking. I have never shot a wedding, and thus don't know how. More importantly, I have never been interested in shooting weddings. Thus, I doubt that the quality of my work would be comparable to the stuff you've seen on the photo site.

But wouldn't a chunk of change compel better pictures? Well, we all know that answer. Money doesn't necessary buy quality. But wouldn't the expectations of the customer also compel better pictures? Perhaps. Probably. And maybe too much. Bearing such "precious cargo" might be quite the mental load! Better all around to recommend a pro. You'll get closer to what you're paying for.

There's also the issue of time. Event photography means lots of photos and lots of time spent processing those photos. Start with, say, a half-day to shoot the wedding. Take another half-day, maybe full day, to process the pictures. Then there's the physical prints, which have to be created. That's another X number of hours. No way man. Too much time, and that's taken away from more-interesting pursuits.

But how about fire service events? Those are certainly more compelling, but even they add up. There are quite a few once-a-year events around town, ranging from big (conventions) to small (dinners). I would love to attend as many possible, but even that commitment adds up, well, over time. The annual this, the quarterly that, and soon you're talking real time! Thus the reason some events are skipped some years, or only visited every so many years.

It's all balance. It's all a conscious attempt to balance photography of the scheduled stuff with those things unplanned. Meaning, fires and other incidents. (And since Raleigh's not a burning city, actual fireground time is fairly limited.)

Then, we stop playing photographer, and start being the history guy. There's another entire machine to manage. Then that guy goes to sleep, and Mr. Blogger awakens. Talk about a time suck! Get your own online platform and watch the hours seep away. (And don't even talk to me about answering e-mail!) Guess that's what's happening to lots of folks with Facebook, no?

How did shooting at the Fire Expo go? I wasn't an official photographer by any means, and just took a mess of pictures for fun. Hundreds, maybe a thousand-ish. The quantity of the keepers ended up something like this:

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