5 Tips. Shooting Commercial Photography Abroad

Shooting Commercial Photography Abroad. 5 Tips to Save the Day

5 Tips for Shooting Commercial Photography Abroad

Shooting Commercial Photography Abroad or Video Production internationally abroad is a great feeling. You’ve secured the assignment with your client and you can’t wait to let everybody know that know that your reputation is deemed worthy of  working over-seas.  The whole process of ‘Paid’ International Photography is something that many photographers never get to feel, but if you are about to Shoot Abroad for the first time, then the 5 Must Know Tips below, will help you to plan your assignment and prevent some of the pitfalls that come with Shooting Commercial Photography Abroad.

When it all goes wrong!

5 Tips for Shooting Commercial Photography Abroad

Why have we put this blog together? In September 2019, we undertook an assignment in Switzerland for a client which had all the haul marks of what can go wrong when Shooting Commercial Photography Abroad, before you even reach your destination. As a professional Photography who was fortunate enough to win Travel Photographer of the Year in 2013, we are experienced with Shooting Photography Abroad.  Nonetheless, unforeseen problems happen. To find out more about how we worked around our shoot to deliver for our client, please click the link HERE.

Number 1. Insurance

5 Tips for Shooting Commercial Photography Abroad

As a professional photographer, we’re sure (hope) that you will already have Insurance in place. After all, this is essential for any business. Equipment Insurance, Professional Indemnity, Public Liability and Employers Liability are all necessary to protect your business and equipment both at home and when Shooting Commercial Photography Abroad. The chances of losses and problems occurring are multiplied considerable when working abroad, so taking out the right policy with a reputable company is invaluable. You may be operating without insurance as a business, but commercial clients are likely to be reluctant to engage a professional photographer that doesn’t have insurance in place. Many policies will cover you for a limited timespan working overseas. Don’t undervalue your kit because if you do value it under it’s worth and it’s stolen, you will be very heavily out of pocket. Three well known Camera Insurance Companies that offer great products are;

Adukki – Specialist insurance that including equipment cover and liability insurances

Towergate – As of 2019, my own Insurance company of choice.  Towergate offer an All-risks cover for professional photographers and videographers. Towergate’s Camerasure insurance products are pitched primarily at freelance photographers and videographers, as well as those performing similar roles within multimedia institutions (If you’re travelling abroad for a shoot and can’t stash all your camera gear in your hand luggage, you’ll be pleased to know it also covers damage to kit stored in the aircraft hold. Cover also extends to potential legal liabilities to customers, employees and the general public, as one would expect of a pro policy.

PhotoGuard – Many policies will cover you for up to a certain amount of time overseas. If you’re exceeding this, make sure to let them know or else if something happens to your equipment, it’s bye-bye bank balance as you fork out for a new one.

Number 2. Checklists

5 Tips for Shooting Commercial Photography Abroad

 

This is a simple and invaluable Tip for Shooting Commercial Photography Abroad. How many time have you turned up at a job and realised that you’ve forgotten the really important cable that is specifically designed for a piece of equipment you own and it’s stopped you undertaking your assignment. You’ve perhaps arrived on a video shoot and your hard drive is full of 4K raw footage from your previous shoot and there’s no room on your Macbook. Perhaps you’ve not taken enough flash cards and you’ve forgotten to download the original images on the one 128GB card in your camera. These may sound ridiculous but I can assure you that these are problems that have plagued photographers for years and will continue to do so. Make a checklist that covers every single aspect of equipment from start to finish. Document your equipment and what needs to be checked before you pack your kit. Confirm the pre work is complete and use a separate column to ensure it’s packed. Packing your Macbook away and leaving the charger in the wall isn’t an option once you’re on the plane. Shooting Commercial Photography Abroad needs a logistical head and preparation.

Number 3. Airlines

How you travel and what you take when Shooting Commercial Photography Abroad can have a great impact on your overheads and can even make the difference between a client choosing you for an assignment, over using a photographer based in their own country. For examples, Hold Baggage can cost hundreds of pounds for an extra case, particularly on smaller aircraft. Therefore, planning the MUST TAKE equipment against the WOULD LIKE TO TAKE. When packing your kit, ensure your hand luggage bag meets the required sizing and that your case weight is not over. Budget airlines particularly, have the most ridiculous sizing limits for hand luggage to the point where we often wrap our camera and strategically place into an Ortleib Airflex Daypack, which is a waterproof very small backpack  but it fits pretty much all cabin luggage requirements. Airlines will take great pleasure in charging extortionate fees for overweight cases and when you’re at the check-in desk without the option to throw away any items from your case, you will have little choice but to stump up the cash. If our assignments are for a short duration, it’s often work incorporating your camera bag inside your suitcase with a tripod (remove the head and pack this separately) alongside your clothing back.

Where possible, we keep at least one camera, lens, Macbook, chargers, hard drive and flash cards in our cary on luggage. Certain airlines are really strict on allowing camera batteries and this was a factor in own problems encountered during a recent international assignment.

Number 4: Plan Your Contingencies

5 Tips for Shooting Commercial Photography Abroad

When Shooting Commercial Photography Abroad, planning is a must but as hard as you try it’s impossible to account for every eventuality. If you have serious issues, kit malfunctions or your Checklists haven’t been properly completed and you’ve forgotten to take a necessary piece of equipment, it’s good to know your options for sourcing replacements or renting equipment. The deeper you venture into third world countries, the less likely you are to find replacements. If you’re shooting in a major city, then compiling a list of  the best rental stores and well placed camera and electrical retailers can save you a lot of headaches and lost time on location.

 

Number 5: Allow Time For Everything and Be Prepared 

Allowing sufficient time when Shooting Commercial Photography Abroad is so important. Remember to be realistic and think that if it’s your first time in a strange country, you may very well have language and communication barriers, territory will be unfamiliar and you need to take into account, local logistical problems including traffic jams, inconsistent public transport, getting lost and a different pace in life. Always allow yourself some extra time. Don’t confuse Shooting Commercial Photography Abroad with having a jolly and expecting to be out shooting tourism images like you’re on holiday. If that’s your view on working abroad, it may not be for you. Being away on an assignment can sometimes be a tricky one, particularly if it’s not something we do that often. Your priority as a professional Photographer is completing the assignment for your client, earning a living and delivering high quality images with a view to getting repeat business and building your reputation as an International business. Shooting Commercial Photography Abroad doesn’t allow for re shoots a couple of weeks later if you run out of time so your timescales need be realistic and achievable. It’s not uncommon to visit a country, shoot your assignment and never actually get to enjoy the place yourself. Depending on the turnaround time, it’s not uncommon to spend evenings editing until the early hours of the morning before grabbing a few hours sleep and starting all over again. You should perform to the best of your ability and hopefully, scheduling in some down time should allow for at least a few hours travel photography and local culture while you;re away. If things do change on the ground just remember it’s better to do a few things well than everything poorly!

 

 

Suede Perform Night Thoughts at Roundhouse

Suede perform at Roundhouse London

Suede Perform Night Thoughts at London Roundhouse

Suede perform at London Roundhouse - 99PROBS Music Photography

80’s Brit Band Suede are back! And a rather special night on Friday 13th 2015 at London’s Roundhouse. Brett Anderson made the impossible happen, performing to their own silent movie, “Night Thoughts” and performing behind a full size film screen as images were projected onto it. The film was written and directed by Roger Sargent and the Roundhouse performance was not only the Premier of the Film, but the first time the band had performed their new album in public to 1700 fans.

Suede perform at London Roundhouse - 99PROBS Music Photography

As the film played, backlights revealed front man Brett Anderson and behind the screen, the huge screen images dwarfing the band.  It was a surreal experience to watch as a music photographer, trying to focus on the band, but unable to hit the mark due to the screen in the foreground. Just as well that that there would be an interval and second set, where the band performed an energetic, theatrical journey back to there first Album and a chance for Brett Anderson to throw his microphone around as he jumped off of anything he could climb on.

Die hard Suede fans (myself included) could really not have asked for more. Well, maybe another hour on stage…

Suede perform at London Roundhouse - 99PROBS Music Photography

Suede perform at London Roundhouse - 99PROBS Music Photography

Suede perform at London Roundhouse - 99PROBS Music Photography

Suede perform at London Roundhouse - 99PROBS Music Photography

Suede perform at London Roundhouse - 99PROBS Music Photography

Suede perform at London Roundhouse - 99PROBS Music Photography

Suede perform at London Roundhouse - 99PROBS Music Photography

Suede perform at The Roundhouse, London

Suede perform at London Roundhouse - 99PROBS Music Photography

Suede perform at London Roundhouse - 99PROBS Music Photography

I’m a huge believer in fate, so how did a Norwich Commercial Photographer get the chance to work in the music industry with some of the worlds biggest bands. Well, six years ago I’d never shot a band. My work was solely corporate photography and predominantly East of England. Then a chance encounter on Facebook with my good friend and international drumming legend Steve Barney, led to spending some backstage time with ‘The Wanted’ and another impromptu photoshoot with a pretty much unheard of band called ‘Lawson.’ One magazine publication later and a number of locked doors opened for me as if by magic into the crazy world of ‘Three Songs, No Flash’ and a once in a lifetime chance to work in close proximity with some of the the greatest music artists on the planet. We now shoot for an international Press Agency and supply imagery to a huge of range of international publications and businesses that have included HArd Rock Cafe, Rolling Stone Magazine, The Daily Mail, The Guardian, The Sunday Times, The DAily Mirror & The Sun to name just a few.

 

Professional Food Photography

Professional Food Photography

 Professional Food Photography

Professional Food Photography

If you run a professional restaurant, the importance of your menu is something you will be all too familiar with. It is the first introduction to your food that a customer gets and having professional photographs can make a world of difference.  How many times have you opened a recipe book and avoided those which didn’t show you the finished product? It may have something to do with the fact that visuals are processed 60,000 times faster than text and quickly affect our emotions and more importantly, decision-making. “People will buy food with their eyes” and in 2015, the impact of social media, online presence and multi platform advertising opportunities, photography has never played such a huge part in the food industry. Many people like to see imagery of their meals before they order. It removes apprehensions about what it may look like and the appeal of ordering an item that looks fabulous makes for an exciting dining experience.

Using an experienced Professional Food Photography service with a proven track record ion food is the only way  to ensure professional food images. Many photographs will claim to shoot almost anything and everything, but in such a competitive business, a Do-It-Youself approach or “my mates mate has a good camera approach will often result in  a”Buy Cheap… Buy Twice” result and inferior imagery.

Blanc Creative have an extensive portfolio of professional food photography showcasing work across a wide range of clients. From Four Star Seafood Restaurants to School Dinner Menus and numerous Independent Businesses,  Blanc Creative offer an exceptionally competitive pricing structure for your restaurant food photography and delivering exceptionally high standards of work.

A few samples are included here, but why not head over to our Food Portfolio to see more.

Professional Food Photography

Professional Food Photography

Professional Food Photography

Professional Food Photography

Professional Food Photography

Professional Food Photography

Professional Food Photography

Professional Food Photography

Professional Food Photography