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Old 23-06-2006, 13:43   #1 (permalink)
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A Day in the Life of a Professional Photographer - Discussion Thread

Professional photographer Gary Bagshawe of GBC-Productions has been busy writing us a few articles.

In this exclusive article entitled "A Day in the Life of a Professional Photographer" he tells the story of chasing, capturing and having exclusive photos of the now famous Prince Naseem Hamed car crash published by the national press. Told in his unique and refreshing style, this article gives you an insight in to this side of photography and is a great read.

Discuss any points about the article here

I'm sure Gary will be more than happy to answer any questions

Don't forget to look at the threads Gary also kindly created :-

Guide to submitting to Newspapers

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Old 23-06-2006, 14:26   #2 (permalink)
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Re: A Day in the Life of a Professional Photographer - Discussion Thread

I would like to thank Gary for writing the article and giving us this unique insight into the whole events from his perspective.
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Old 23-06-2006, 14:31   #3 (permalink)
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Same here, although we did have to use a few beeps in some sections
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Re: A Day in the Life of a Professional Photographer - Discussion Thread

Well I'll chime in with more thanks, what a great article!

The photo journalism side of photography really seems to have it's exciting moments, regular everyday chores one minute, taking front page pictures the next It certainly pays to be prepared and vigilant

Thanks again Gary
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Great article Gary !!.

I've seen the crash photo manytimes in the papers, so it's good to know the face, or hair , behind the shot.

Did that one shot give you more exposure in the trade, eg. more work ?
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Great article Gary !!.

I've seen the crash photo manytimes in the papers, so it's good to know the face, or hair , behind the shot.

Did that one shot give you more exposure in the trade, eg. more work ?
Not really more work but, when I send photos in now picture editors do tend to sit up and take notice, plus when you call them they tend to give a bit more time than they used too.
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Re: A Day in the Life of a Professional Photographer - Discussion Thread

Very good read

I assume you don't have a regular income from this kind of work then ? Obviously nice earners like this one tide you over for a while, but how do you cope through the lean times ?

Hope you don't mind me asking more questions, but of the varied work you do, which do you enjoy most ? Is it the Paps stuff, or more organised shoots ?

Thanks again.
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Very good read

I assume you don't have a regular income from this kind of work then ? Obviously nice earners like this one tide you over for a while, but how do you cope through the lean times ?

Hope you don't mind me asking more questions, but of the varied work you do, which do you enjoy most ? Is it the Paps stuff, or more organised shoots ?

Thanks again.
To be honest I couldn't organise a in a brewery, I just love taking photographs. I do a fair bit of landscape stuff and sell as ltd edition prints, The most that 1 went for was 1500.00 at auction, the money went to kidney research . I also do public relations shots and press release stuff, Model portfolios and weddings, The moto gp and wsbk shots sell pretty well too. I gave up worrying about the money aspect of life about a year ago after a near fatal accident and just get on with enjoying my photography, if other people like it well all well and good but if they don't, I don't lose any sleep over it. I also find that jobs seem to come along just when you need one to keep the hounds from the door and me in Beer,
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Re: A Day in the Life of a Professional Photographer - Discussion Thread

Good outlook on life there Gary !!.

Can I ask where & how you go about selling your shots from WSBK & MotoGP Gary ? Tell me to get lost if private
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No problem, I just put them up on the internet and then optimise the pages, Other sources of sales are places that sell memorabillia, friends, friends of friends, placing a sheet of thumbnails in local bike shops etc,
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Gentle bump on this thread for some of our new members. have a read of the article & any questions , fire them off in here for Gary
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Funnily enough, it was Gary's article that led me to Pixalo. I came across it on the DIY Photography Blog site.
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Re: A Day in the Life of a Professional Photographer - Discussion Thread

Mr Hamed is due for release next week under some sort of tagging scheme.
I got another showing in the Daily Mail today but most of the other papers have gone with shots from PA, Talk about closed shop!!!!!
It's getting harder these days on organised stuff to get the shot that sells as PA, and Getty Images seem to have things all wrapped up. Oh well.
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Gary;

Why not apply to PA/Getty/Rex etc. to see if they're interested in syndicating your work? I've been picked up by two agencies on the back of my recent Edinburgh Film Festival shots and am now getting work sent my way from the agencies, including them applying for accreditation where necessary.

There are so many agencies out there today that a freelancer can still make a decent living and not have to worry about calling round the press desks directly - check out BAPLA Online Directory: A-Z list of members to start.
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Why not apply to PA/Getty/Rex etc. to see if they're interested in syndicating your work? I've been picked up by two agencies on the back of my recent Edinburgh Film Festival shots and am now getting work sent my way from the agencies, including them applying for accreditation where necessary.

There are so many agencies out there today that a freelancer can still make a decent living and not have to worry about calling round the press desks directly - check out BAPLA Online Directory: A-Z list of members to start.
Cheers for that I will look into it.
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