A Day in the Life of a Freelance Photographer


From Saturday 9/13/2008

Game 1 - Boys Varsity Soccer - Start time 10am

9:30am - Arrive at field, and find a suitable shooting location with a clean background. Hand out a few business cards, and work out general exposure settings while players are warming up.
10:00am - Game begins. I shoot with two camera bodies, one with a 400mm, and the other with a 70-200mm f2.8. With both bodies capable of 6.5 fps, I shoot approximately 6 gigabytes of photos.
11:30am - Game ends. I have two hours until the next one begins. I race home to download, edit, and eat lunch.
12:30pm - Batch process to download all images. Quickly review all photos and check the top 25 selects. Use Photoshop Actions to do a rough edit.

Game 2 - Varsity Football
- Start time 1:30pm

1:00pm - Arrive at site of Varsity Football game, but nobody is there. I ask a random kid who says it was canceled. Luckily I checked the schedule for all the local games before I left the house. There is another game in the next town over. However, it starts at 1pm, and I will miss at least one quarter of it.
1:30pm - Arrive at site of "backup plan" game and the second half is almost over. While I'm disappointed at the lack of time, I am determined to make some good images in the second half.
2:00pm -
I try several different perspectives, and shoot from both sidelines, and behind the endzones.
3:00pm - The game ends and the players shake hands. I have approximately 3 gigs of images.
3:30pm - Batch process to download all images. Quickly review all photos and check the top 25 selects. Use Photoshop Actions to do a rough edit.
4:00pm - Do a second, more precise edit on top 25 images from both games.
4:30pm - Begin FTP process to upload top 50 images to clients server.
5:00pm - Galleries for both games are submitted
5:15pm - Backup all game images to second hard drive.
5:30pm - Format all memory cards, wipe down lenses, and recharge batteries for next assignment.