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How to afford sports photography at 1,000+ participant events?

The bottom line of large sporting events is being pushed all the time. Sponsorship and grants are becoming scarcer.

So, what do you do when everyone wants a memory from your event but you can’t afford professional photographers?

15th-Australian-Masters-Games-Logo-COLOURLet’s look at an example of a large multi-day, multi-sport event in Australia – the Australian Masters Games (AMG).

AMG had 8,000 participants a day competing in 49 different sports in 60 different locations in South Australia’s capital city of Adelaide.

In previous years AMG budget allowed for 4 paid photographers to cover the games. Clearly, it was impossible to capture all participants given the extent of the games played and venues used. Therefore the photographers could only cover the editorial shots needed. Participants lost out on their photography memory of their participation in the games.

AMG teamed with GeoSnapShot to provide 32 talented local sports photographers to capture all the event action.Weninar

Importantly, these photographers were free to the event organiser. The photographers felt proud to be supporting such a prestigious event in their local area.

They photographed all events and provided great editorial and participant photography at a low price, giving every participant the opportunity to walk away with a photo memory from the games.

3GeoSnapShot also provides a single place for participants to view and purchase all photos from the event and a single place for the editorial team to grab what they need for all the editorial and social posts.

GeoSnapShot provides a unique platform to support sports events of any size, anywhere in the world. Contact us.

 

But don’t take our word for it, see what the Australian Master Games had to say about our platform.

Andy Edwards

Founder & CEO GeoSnapShot.com

GeoSnapShot.com provides a global mass community-based photography platform where any photographer can upload and share or sell their photos. Event organisers can request talented local photographers to attend their events, or existing event photographers can take photos and upload to one convenient online marketplace.

 

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Why your partner doesn’t come to horse events.

Most guys, like me, need a purpose. We need a function in life, and we need to feel that what we do is important.

When my wife obsessively took up the sport of eventing, it quickly became apparent that during the weekends away at competitions, there’s a lot of down time. Yes I can pick hooves, fetch water, shovel poo and have soothing words at the right time to calm nerves but ultimately there’s not a lot of action for me for the 48 hours away that culminates in Lauren actually competing on her horse for 12 minutes of each weekend.

I know Lauren is grateful that I’m there to support her, but come Sunday night, there’s not much sense of achievement for guys like me and all the horse husbands out there.

_MG_5810Fortunately for me, at about the same time as Lauren started competing, I took up photography. I quickly discovered these long weekends were perfect opportunities to practice my photography – it was win / win. I get to come along support my partner (earning brownie points) AND practice my hobby at the same time.

Little did I know how much I would love it. The challenge of getting great equestrian photos takes time, patience and a lot of feedback from riders! But the feeling I got from riders loving my photos was amazing. After a while they actually loved my photos – they loved them! Bringing a smile to someone’s face from a photo you’ve taken is a very special moment.

All of a sudden I had a purpose, I was being asked “Andy, can you take some of me?” and I felt one of the group. I felt a connection and I felt needed.

Then came the problem. The more photos I took, the harder it became to distribute them when_MG_0067 I got home. I sent some photos by email, some by facebook. But, I’m sorry to say, most photos ultimately never made it out of my computer. Yes, some of you, will never see your memories that I captured ever again.

This actually annoyed me. It frustrated me so much that I created a global solution for this problem. Now all photographers at the events have an easy place to put their photos so that everyone could grab their memories. Photographers earn money from selling the photos towards that next bridle, rug, pony or entry to the next event!

But I’m not alone and this is not just a bloke thing. You know people like me parents or partners of riders. People who take photos at your events but you never get to see them.

Get them to join GeoSnapShot and be part of the community photography solution and keep them coming to support you at your events.

Andy Edwards

Founder of GeoSnapShot.com and still supporting my partner at Events!

GeoSnapShot.com provides a global mass community-based photography platform where any photographer can upload and share or sell their photos. Event organisers can request photographers for their events using GeoSnapShot.

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My photography journey – Inspiration

Part 2: Inspiration started my journey

I firmly believe that anyone is capable of taking a photo that is a special memory of someone’s life. These photos are so special and are often lifelong memories.

Think about how important your photos are – of family, friends or achievements that are important memories and milestones to you. They don’t have to be professional, posed or perfect, they just need to capture a great memory for you personally.

After much deliberation, research and lots of silly questions to online forums, I got my first DSLR camera: a Canon 7D. When it arrived I was shocked at how complex it seemed and was overwhelmed with menus, options, and buttons. I was scared stupid of the dreaded “M” – the Manual option!

I actually though I might break the camera if I used the “M” option!
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(c) Andy Edwards, 2016, Fear of the “M” option when I started

I read books, stayed up at night, watch online videos and spent many hours looking at my camera and wondering why the stupid photo was too light or too dark or out of focus.

Eventually, I had a breakthrough. Lauren had decided to take up competitive horse riding and this gave me a purpose, a subject – and lots of time to use my camera.

We went away often on the weekends and I took thousands of photos. I talked to Lauren about why she really needed to see the whole horse in the shot and “did she know how hard it was to get that shot?!”

Many thousands of deleted photos later, I was being praised for the photos I was taking and Lauren was happy to share them on social media…. This was a breakthrough indeed. I was making people happy with my photos. It’s an emotion, a sense of pride, a feeling of doing something worthwhile, a chest puffing moment when you create an image that people love.

I was hooked! I started taking photos of everyone at these equestrian events. I would sit in a field all day long, honing my skills and listening to feedback from the riders: “I like the way the horse’s face looks, I like the angle of that shot, I don’t like my bum in that shot!”

I saw other photographers at the horse events and wanted to talk to them about photography, share ideas and also provide more coverage for the riders, perhaps we could be a community of photographers….

Part 3: Inspiring a community

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My photography journey – Building a community

Part 3: Inspiring a community

I have a great belief in people. I believe that people are amazing and that we are capable of anything we set our minds to. Too often, in my view, photographers can be too solitary; they take photos, look at them on screen and never share them.

I wanted all photographers at these horse events to be able to share their photos quickly and easily so the participants had a great choice of photos.

I really believed that with some training, help with settings, learning from each others’ photos and some friendly teamwork, we could provide really great photography coverage of all the participants.

I wanted every photographer to feel what I felt about people loving their photos. I also wanted a great community aspect to photography at these sports events.

I also thought that photographers wanted something for their efforts; most of the photographers were at the event already (friends/family members of riders), and amateur photographers, not professionals, but some money per photo is always a bonus.

So I inspired a community of photographers at these events to upload and sell their photos for a small dollar value to the participants. These people are local photographers, parents, and partners of participants. Some are even both riders and photographers!

 

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(c) Andy Edwards 2015, GeoSnapShot photographers in action!

Inspiring photographers to get out at the weekends and do something really useful with their hobby is a major passion.

I’ve created a platform that photographers can use for this purpose called GeoSnapShot. Currently, we have over 2,000 photographers worldwide and have supported over 7,000 events and given 10’s of thousands of people fantastic memories of their sporting achievements.

Visit the GeoSnapShot website

Andy Edwards is a passionate photography, inspirational leader and believer in people. He’s created a unique photography platform that enables anyone with a camera to take photos that are precious memories of people’s lives.

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My photography journey – The disappointment!

Part 1: The disappointment!

Disappointment can either drive you forward or sometimes cause you to stop. Fortunately in my photography disappointment drove me forwards.

A few years ago, 2009 actually, I had the privilege to go to a very small South Pacific Island called Niue. I had been told of the island by some yachting friends; they knew I had a lifelong dream of swimming with whales. When they sailed their yacht into Niue, they had whales swimming around their boat, and only a very short distance from shore.

Niue is not exactly a renowned tourist hot spot. Flights to and from Niue happen only once a week, so I quickly booked on the next flight, and 3 days later found myself on the small Pacific Island. The next 11 days were an epic experience: A lifelong memory of crystal clear, 40m visibility in the water, and swimming with a humpback mother and her 5-day old calf.

What does this have to do with photography, I hear you ask!

Well, on the trip my partner (Lauren) and I took the latest and greatest “point and shoot” cameras with underwater housings. Although I had a great enjoyment of photography I had only ever taken shots for myself and our own enjoyment. But on this trip, we took some amazing photos and video and were really proud of them.

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(c) Andy Edwards 2009, Just so you’re aware that’s me on the left, the whale is on the right!

The experience of being so up close and personal with these magnificent animals had such a profound effect on me that I couldn’t help but think I’d captured the next National Geographic photo of the year! So I sent sample photos to the New Zealand Geographic (Niue is an island under the protection of New Zealand).

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(c) Andy Edwards 2009, A gentle giant with her 5 day old

To my amazement, they came back and said they’d like to run a story on the Niue whales with my images and could I please send them the RAW files. After Googling what RAW files were, I had to admit that the photos were taken on a “point and shoot” camera that only did JPEG. That was the end of the dream and the disappointment of not being published in NZ Geographic magazine.

This disappointment ignited a fire in me. I needed to get a “good” camera to take “proper” photos. It also gave me the inspiration to believe that I (yes, even me!) could take photos that professional organisations wanted.

I still kept thinking, “But I’m not a professional photographer,” and “I don’t have the skills for this.” It took a while but the realisation hit me that photos are simply a memory, a fantastic way to capture a moment in life. Anyone, and I mean ANYONE, is capable of capturing these moments.

Part 2: Inspiration started my journey

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Top 5 ways to improve your sports photography

Photographers only get better from learning from others. Read articles, watch videos and above all else practice, practice, practice!

It’s great to pick up new tips and tricks to try something new and improve your shots.

Have a look at the top 5 sites that cover a range of ways to improve your sports photography.

1. GeoSnapShot: “Taking photos that sell”

Our training videos are awesome (well we would say that!). It’s great sometimes to look at what makes photos that sell and what photos don’t sell and why.

We go through a comprehensive video showing examples of shots and how to take them.

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GeoSnapShot.com provides a global photography platform where any photographer can upload and share or sell their photos. People that organisers events can easily request talented local photographers to attend their events or existing photographers at events can take photos and upload to one convenient online marketplace.

2. Fstoppers: “11 Easy Ways to Improve Your Sports Photography”

There’s a couple of gory shots, but some great advice on capturing the moment after the play has stopped.

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Photo credit: J.J.Watt, Not my best work. Always strive to get better!

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3. Digital Photography School: “8 Tips On How to Photograph Sports”

A short article about the key components to consider when shooting sports photography.

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Photo credit: Pamela Aurino

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4. Photography Mad: “THE PERFECT CAMERA SETTINGS FOR ACTION AND SPORTS PHOTOGRAPHY”

It always worries me when someone states the “perfect” settings. As there are never any perfect settings. Yet, this article is informative and doesn’t actually give any perfect settings! Perfect!

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5. FroKnowsPhoto: “How to Photograph Soccer Tutorial”

You may love him or loath him but “Fro” (aka Jared Polin) takes us through how he photographs a kids soccer game. Watch his process of culling and editing his shots, it’s a long video so you’ll need a cup of tea and a sense of humor!

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What’s you favourite lesson learned from these articles and video? Do you have a tip that was not covered?

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Top 10 Pre-shoot reminders

Before you go out for the day it’s great to double check you’ve got everything you’ll need. You only forget to take your camera body once (yep, I’ve done that) so we want you to learn from our experience.

Video: Packing your camera bag before a shoot

1. Make sure your battery is charged. We suggest that you have two fully charged batteries with you for any event.

2. Be aware of the background. Too much noise behind the focus could negatively impact the quality of your final image.

3. Check your Shutter Speed. High shutter (> 1/500) for a fast moving object. Only use slow shutter speeds for panning shots and to imply motion.

4. Be an active photographer. Remember to move around, changing your height and angle. Viewer satisfaction will increase with a wider variety of images.

5. Remember lighting. If shooting outside, take note of where the sun is and be aware of shadows.

6. Include faces. Audiences are more likely to enjoy images if their faces and emotions are visible in the action shot. People may not find images from behind to be as appealing.

7. Proximity is key. Make sure you are close enough to your subjects to take quality shots.

8. Evaluate the need for flash. When taking action shots, you will most likely not be close enough for the flash to have an impact. This feature could inhibit your ability to quickly take photos.

9. Tweak your focus. Single-point focusing does not require a “half press” to lock focus. So it allows you to photograph more actively and freely.

10. Have fun! Don’t forget to enjoy yourself and share your photos fast to maximise sales.

 

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Promoting your photos on Facebook

We want to help you promote your photos so you can make money from doing what you love! Here’s a quick video showing an easy way to share your photos with event participants.

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It’s that easy! Now you can share or sell your photos to event participants and event organisers. Want to know more quick tricks on taking photos that sell?

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10 things you didn’t know about GeoSnapShot

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  1. Anytime, anywhere, anyone. GeoSnapShot is a sales platform anyone can use to share or sell their photos.
  2. We’ve gone global! You can now use GeoSnapShot to upload and sell your photos from anywhere in the world.
  3. Anyone can upload: Attend an event, upload your fabulous photos, and you’ll be paid for any you sell.
  4. You don’t need to be a professional. Anyone is welcome to upload photos to sell on GeoSnapShot.
  5. Our photographers. Every weekend there are millions of photographers who capture memories of people’s lives. Many of these photos never get shared with participants and a great memory is lost forever. We inspire and support thousands of photographers that simply love taking photos.
  6. Price of photos. Photographers can choose to share their photos for free or sell the photos for any price they wish. Photographers are paid 70% for any photos they sell, making money from their hobby.
  7. Not just sports photography. GeoSnapShot supports all types of sporting events including; equestrian, running, cycling, soccer, little athletics and gymnastics. Sports are the tip of the iceberg: Anyone can use GeoSnapShot as their photo-sharing and sales platform for any type of photography.
  8. Fundraise through photography. GeoSnapShot is used by schools and charities to fundraise from photo sales. For more info on how to fundraise see our website or contact us.
  9. Password protection. Photos from any event can be password protected. You can only view and purchase the photos if you have the password set by the event organiser.
  10. Registration is free! Anyone can register as a photographer and upload photos. There is no charge to register or upload.

Don’t just take our word for it! This is what our photographers say about us.

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10 tips to taking sports photos that sell.

When you attend events it’s important to have a plan in place to take great photos that sell.

People want a great memory of their day. By practising and following these tips you’ll improve your photography and sell more photos!

1. Understand the sport. Start by researching great photos that others have taken. Understand what participants are looking for in the photo.

Neon2. Packing for the day: Make sure you’ve packed everything for the day and that you understand how to set up your camera for different environments.

3. Zoom in. Be close enough to the action that people can recognise themselves in the photograph.

4. Prepare for moments of high emotion. Some examples of high emotion images are at starting lines, finish lines, jumps, and key points scored.

5. Photograph each person. Be sure to take a photo of every person participating, even if they are not a key player. Everyone wants a memory of their achievements.

BUCS taking photos of hurdles6. Be aware of lighting & background. Be prepared to move around to get that perfect shot, in focus and without a busy background.

7. Question yourself. Always ask yourself “if this was me would I buy it?” the answer should always be yes!

8. Sell you photos: GeoSnapShot provides a unique website that enables any photographer to upload their photos for sale. The website is free to use, you don’t have to pay for hosting, you don’t have a create a website, a brand, a payment engine or worry about customer care. Simply upload and sell. You can be selling photos in 5 minutes.

9. Promote your photos: Not sharing your great photos with the participants is a crime! See our video on how to promote your photos for sale.

10. Getting paid: This is the good bit! GeoSnapShot is a unique photography platform. They look after all the customer pay and payment systems. You simply review your sales and when ready push the “Pay me now” button! You’ll be paid via bank transfer or PayPal within 48 hours.

Testimonial: See what our photographers say about us.

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GeoSnapShot.com provides a global mass community-based photography platform where any photographer can upload and share or sell their photos. using GeoSnapShot people that run events can request talented local photographers to attend their events and provide them for sale one convenient online marketplace.

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