Preparing for Volume Photography Season: Picture Day
- Schedule 1-1 walkthrough to go over the software.
- Check your software before getting to the actual site.
- Check your equipment.
- Do a mock photo session.
- Try your best to get a data sheet beforehand, and if you cannot get a data sheet, make sure you come prepare to photograph without camera card.
- Think about your setup beforehand. Get to the site a little early to see what space you have to work with
Volume photography season is coming up pretty soon, and picture day is right around the corner. It is easy to get sucked into the nice long down time…then, BOOM, it’s time to be at the school setting up and photographing. This year, let’s do things a little different, and prepare for the season before it gets started. I will go over a few things to help with this, and then I will make a checklist at the end for you.
Make sure you have all of the software that you need. We get a lot of calls towards the beginning of season or at the beginning of season, with people not having the all of the software that their workflow requires. Make sure you get this software at a decent time because during season, there won’t be a lot of time for PhotoLynx staff to train you on the software. Get the software early, so you can learn it to be efficient, and get the job done without any fallbacks. It gets really frustrating when you don’t know what you are doing fully and you are in a time sensitive situation. It could even make matters worse. Get trained early, and get the job done the right way!
Do a mock photo session, whether it is tethered or untethered. Set up using your exact workflow that you would use when photographing. Practice make perfect! Practicing can give you the hands on skills that you will remember when under stress. Knowing those little tricks when using the software can save you so much time! But if you need to call us here in techinical support, you can always do so! I know this can be time consuming, but this saves a lot of time when it is important. When you have done a test session, you know that your software is working correctly, your camera is doing working, and your lights are just how you want them to be.
Call in and schedule a 1 on 1 walkthrough with PhotoLynx’s tech team. We will go over anything that you would like with the software, and we can also give you tips to make your workflow simple. Walkthroughs help boost confidence in the knowledge of volume photography and software. We may not be able to give photography advice, but we can tell you what to do if the wrong subject is add to the wrong record, or how to keep it moving when things are taking a turn. This also goes to say make sure everyone that need to be trained, and be trained properly.
If things are slowing down because of technical issues, take a deep breath. If you are photographing tethered, our tech team likes to say, “when in doubt, close out!” This is with any software. If you are having issues with it, close it and reopen it. This usually can get you back up and running quicker than making a phone call, in a place with bad reception, and with a ton of children waiting to be photographed!
Again, and I say it AGAIN! Check your equipment BEFORE getting to your destination. This will give you a feeling of assurance that things are working, things will go well, and you will be done in no time. Make sure the ID card printer connects to the computer, and that you can print an ID card with no problems. Make sure your scanner will read the barcodes that you have printed. Activate your software before you get to the school. Schools have crazy firewalls that can keep your activation file from pulling down from the admin site properly. This can cause you to not to be able to use Flow at all, or until you get somewhere with a good connection, without any protection that is stopping your software to properly activate.
Knowing what you are doing gives you a boost of confidence! Positivity is fed throughout the room and it embodies everyone’s soul, so when that subject comes up to have their picture taken by you, they will vibe well with your energy and you will get that picture that Mom or Grandma couldn’t get. Having a checklist give you time to think and be creative if you want. This also give the school a boost of confidence with your work, which can bring about referrals and more opportunities for you.
The volume photography season is what you make it. We know things happen, but some of those can be prevented if you properly prepare for season. Don’t let unpreparedness get in your way. Remember the PhotoLynx staff is always here for you! In mid-August, we will be extending our business hours and we will be open on Saturdays for a half a day, so don’t think you are alone in this.
I hope these tips and tricks are helpful, and that your season is the best ever! Good luck on your volume photography season 2017-2018, and make the most of it.
“Before anything else, preparation is the key to success.” -Alexander Graham Bell
Until next time…Be the Lynx, Feel the Lynx, PhotoLynx!