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Sketchy freelance photography event?

GoshingaGoshinga Registered User regular
edited March 2009 in Help / Advice Forum
I recently posted on craigslist offering to photograph any events for free so as to build references and obtain images for my portfolio. I was contacted by a party that wanted me to cover a celebrity charity birthday event.

Everything seemed to be going smoothly until the person in charged asked that I shoot on THEIR cf cards so as to insure that they receive the images (they supposedly have had problems with photographers in the past). I would have to give them the CF cards before i left the building. They then stated that i could pick up a dvd with the images a few days later.

My main concern is that after I give them their CF cards I am in a completely powerless position as they could simply decide to drop all communications with me afterwards and even worse, not credit me at all when using the images.

What can I do to ensure I don't get screwed?

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  • DocDoc Registered User, ClubPA regular
    edited March 2009
    Bring the equipment to make a backup of the card before you leave. If they don't want to let you do that, then it definitely is sketchy.

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  • RazielRaziel Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    A contract is your best friend. No matter what freelance work you do, always get something in writing with a signature. And make sure you know up front exactly what rights you will have to the images - will you still own the images, if not, will you be allowed to use them for a portfolio.

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  • PeregrineFalconPeregrineFalcon Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    Doc wrote: »
    Bring the equipment to make a backup of the card before you leave. If they don't want to let you do that, then it definitely is sketchy.

    A hard-drive based netbook and a card reader, since they don't come with CF card slots, and you can do this in a jiffy.

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  • underdonkunderdonk __BANNED USERS regular
    edited March 2009
    This may just be for "security" reasons.

    If it's a celebrity event, as you indicated in your OP, the organizers may want to review the images before releasing them to you to ensure you don't have any potentially embarrassing or otherwise damaging images of anyone that you may do bad things with. Essentially, they are probably simply protecting their contributors (money) which is a smart thing. I work at a couple of facilities where, when we bring in an outside photographer, they have to go through the same deal as it's illegal to take photos on the premises. The photographers always piss and moan about it, but thems the breaks. I would say that a contract is a very smart thing, but I don't think this is as shady as it may initially seem. Good luck!

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  • ButtcleftButtcleft Registered User regular
    edited March 2009
    It feels sketchy, simply because they are looking on craigslist for something for a celebrity event.

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