For the last four years, the RSPB here in Northern Ireland have run an event called The Big Sleep Out. This is an evening where families can come along to Cultra museum and camp in the grounds over night. As well as getting a chance to sleep under canvas the families get to learn different things about nature such as basic bushcraft, fire building and how to recognise different types of wildlife!
I joined the rest of the families last Saturday whilst they were enjoying all the activities under a rare Northern Irish July sun. My contact at the RSPB had already drawn up a list of what she needed from my time on site. Its great having a list of what’s required. It keeps everything super efficient in terms of getting what’s needed in the time allotted.
Due to all of my lighting equipment being battery powered instead of mains powered it would mean covering The Big Sleep Out would be a fair bit easier. I would usually have two speedlights on stands but this time round in a bid to stay mobile I had one speedlight on a stand with two lights on each of the cameras.
The lights on the cameras would be the primary light source (next to the sun) and the speedlight on the stand would be used as a fill light. This isn’t needed as you could just use on camera flash but I find that adding a little extra light just makes the photos pop that little bit more. Its takes a bit more effort in terms of setting the equipment up and getting it in the right spot but I always find its worth it in the end. Take the time to make that extra effort as you’ll always be rewarded for it.
What I always remember is that this what I aMaekm being paid to do. I am being paid to bring my skill and creativity to the client and help them fulfill their requirements. Yes you can do the bare minimum and give just enough to get away with it but the likelihood of being asked back again is low. Don’t settle for the minimum, always try and blow your clients away with your work. Have them be amazed with the results you produce. Not only do you feel great when you receive praise but when they feel like they’ve got more than what they’ve asked for you’re more likely to work with them again in the future.