I’ve been wanting to make a video to explain what goes into working an event as a photographer, videographer or as a DJ. I’ve been thinking about that for years but instead of putting in a video as originally intended, I will write about it here. I will keep on updating the post as people ask me more questions.
1) Your prices seem high… People tell me this at least once a month.
- We believe we provide some of the cheapest prices for comparable services and quality. We offer low to mid prices for high quality output and equipment. Excellent professionalism, on time, High-end equipment and backup. We typically have about 5 to 8 cameras available per event. We also have redundant speakers and additional controllers and media players. Equipment costs for a typical event is about $ 10 000. We use over $ 20 000 in equipment when doing photo, video and DJ services for a single event.
- There is a lot of processing required after the event. We actually work a lot more after the event than we do during the event. An average event generates about 1000 pictures and 6 to 10 hours of video. Every one of these pictures is looked at and analyzed. About 50% of the pictures are provided to customer. Every single picture is color corrected and cropped appropriately. It takes about 20 hours to go through this process. That seems like a lot but it’s nothing compared to processing video. A typical video requires a full week (40 hours) of work. You can imagine what the hourly rate could be when you add the time spent at the event for 1 or 2 photographers and the prosy-processing time. After adding equipment depreciation, gas, car depreciation, insurance and taxes that is very close to minimum wage and sometimes even much less than minimum wage.
- Please check around… Some of the speakers we use (Bose L1 and B2) cost $ 150 each to rent in Atlanta and you have to pick them up and return them the next business day. Rental companies require a deposit or a credit card hold of $ 2000 per speaker. Our Dj Services (which includes these speakers) start at $ 450. That is actually cheaper than it costs to rent 2 Bose L1 + B2 sets so not sure how much cheaper we could be. Our minimum DJ price in 2015 will be $500 so please book your events in advance to have the 2001 (that is not a typo) pricing.
2) Can 1 person shoot photo and videos at the same time?
- An event is broken into different sections… speeches, dinner, dancing, cake cutting and so on. We can take full pictures of everything needed and have complete video coverage of what is needed. There is no need to take a long video of people eating or dancing. During those times, pictures can be taken. Only one or two quick pictures are needed when someone is making a speech so we use the rest of the time for video. Those are some examples but we can do that for the entire event without missing a beat. For events with more than 100 people, we recommend having 2 people. Smaller events are fine with a single person. Some small weddings also may require 2 people if the church is picky about video and photography.
3) Can you explain the options and why are they not included?
- We’ll start with why they are not included. Not everybody needs them and they require some additional setup or equipment. Setting up the lights takes longer than setting up our Bose L1 speakers…
- Portrait Stand and additional lighting: We set up an additional camera with some portable lights and wireless receivers. The lighting is perfect for high-end or red carpet events. This requires 2 photographers unless that will be the only kind of pictures taken. Pictures have to be on the same spot as the lights are fixed.
- Bluray disks: Most of the time, when customers receive their video on DVD, they are underwhelmed with the quality of the video. Our videos are of high quality but DVD is standard definition video so it will not look as good as the video you see on High Definition (HD) TV everyday. The only way to have the video in HD is to have the video on a Bluray disk or an external hard drive. We now also offer the 15 minutes highlight reel on YouTube and that is in HD. Note that we’ve been capturing video in High Definition since the first HD cameras appeared. We were also among the first in Atlanta to offer 3D video! Please inquire about having your previous events released on Bluray or on YouTube. The $100 pricing only applies to current events. Pricing for past events will be higher because the video will need some additional editing.
- 15 minutes highlight reel on YouTube: We select the best 15 minutes of the video and upload it to YouTube to share your event with the world. $150 is a cheap way to increase your reach and make more people aware of your efforts. We highly recommend adding this option to your video projects.
- $ 100 for lights: This includes at least 8 DMX controlled LED lights configured to match your event. We can do up lighting (i.e. One or more colors on the walls or columns), Flashing lights synchronized to music, or a combination of both. It all depends on the room and the event. We also have additional LED effect lights and lasers. We’re basically just charging for the additional time to set them up.
- Please let us know if you have any more questions.