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We're looking for a few good Photographers ... for the Back2School BLAST

Yes, literally, the Roanoke Rescue Mission has asked for 2 or 4 teams of photographers from Exposure Roanoke who have the cameras and the talents to capture their remarkable 7th annual public service called BACK 2 School BLAST on August 12.

Can you deal with large groups of children? Can you handle difficult technical lighting situations? Can you add variety to photo compositions? Can you work in teams of two, a photographer and an assistant, then alternate to deliver the processed images by a short time deadline on a DVD or USB drive? Then be one of the first 8 to sign up for this meetup!

So, the first 8 people who sign up for this meetup will be offered the slots to document this 7th year of giving to the community on August 12 from 4:30 to 7:30 PM:

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

http://back2schoolblast.org/

http://back2schoolblast.org/media/

We will hold a meetup for organizing and planning and practicing Event Photography on August 5 from 7pm to 9pm at the Mill Mountain Star picnic pavilion between the overlooks:

http://www.meetup.com/ExposureRoanoke/events/131176872/

This will be an optional planning meetup on the 5th for anyone and everyone interested in Event Photography in general.  It will be a mandatory meeting for those planning on taking part in the Back2School BLAST on the 12th.  It is necessary because it is for assignments of areas of responsibility,  it is to form teams that will have practice shooting and posing,   it is set up cameras and flashes to so the flashes work on wireless optical remotes and on radio triggered remotes,  and it is a meeting to set up the teams that will work as a unit to avoid confusion when the action starts.   So, as you can see attendance at the planning, practice, discussion, preliminary meeting on the 5th is necessary to be an effective member of the team on the 12th. Any one of us may not need practice but the reason we each need to be there on the 5th is not so much because we need the practice, but it's because other people need to be able to do a full practice.

So, please sign up for the Back2School BLAST on the 12th and also for the practice meetup on the 5th.

 

 

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  • Blake P.

    What is the deadline for delivering the disk of images and where should it be delivered to again?

    August 13, 2013

    • Blake P.

      Thank you

      August 13, 2013

    • Art S.

      I delivered my 30 images today.

      August 14, 2013

  • riley t

    Tom,
    Some of those photos, especially with the children smiling from the heart, ARE PRICELESS!!!

    August 13, 2013

  • Tom C.

    A huge "Thank You" to the Rescue Mission for the invite to document this event. Thank you also to our volunteer photographers, saw a lot of smiles as you all worked the event. I'm not sure "working the event" is appropriate, more like having fun at the event. Reducing 196 photos to 30 was a chore, here's mine. Let's see your 30.

    August 12, 2013

  • Richard I.

    What a wonderful opportunity to share in this service program of the Rescue Mission and the 20+ vendors who support their Back2School program. Parkway Wesleyan is to be commended for providing building, staff, utilities, and volunteers to support the Back 2 School program. I talked with the Senior Pastor; he was thrilled that so much ministry was accomplished there in a short amount of time. Many volunteers, from across the valley, commented on the church facility venue as opposed to the Civic Center which had been used previously - a vastly better site that had been provided by the church to the Rescue Mission.

    August 12, 2013

  • Steve C.

    Excellent! Had a ball!

    August 12, 2013

  • Sandra W.

    It truly was a "blast" for this photographer, as well as for the kids getting their school supplies.

    August 12, 2013

  • Blake P.

    Personally I am thankful for the opportunity to give back to the community through my photography and I'm thankful for others who appreciate that not everything has a price tag. The Rescue Mission and the church involved are not a "for profit" group. Through our photography, they will gain nothing for themselves except a means to draw more families close that may be in need of school supplies, a pat on the back, and best wishes for a new school year. To be able to capture all that on my camera will be priceless.

    August 11, 2013

    • Blake P.

      Just because I disagree with your view doesn't mean I can't understand where you're coming from as a "pro." I may not depend solely on my photography to pay my mortgage but I can tell you that as a teacher of art in an elementary school I would welcome volunteers in to assist me in the classroom. I can pretty much guarantee that no one would do my job for free for very long. As for the Back to School Blast; have you considered the size and magnitude of this event? In my estimate, with nearly 3000 people present for a stretch of three hours perhaps the church (and the Rescue Mission for that matter) decided that one paid photographer with an assistant wouldn't be able to capture the scale of all that was going on to suit their liking.

      August 11, 2013

    • Blake P.

      Perhaps they decided that their most logical course of action was to allow a team of photographers come and divide the workload and thus capture a more life-like representation of the day's event that extensive experience and large lighting systems could portray.

      August 11, 2013

  • Tom C.

    Continued due to a 1000 character limit per post...

    I think the volunteer can and should provide a service that in 90 out of 100 situations doesn't interfere with the professional. And those other 10 opportunities? The volunteer hustled to find it and the professional had the same opportunity. It's up to the potential customer to decide to take a chance, for free, with the amateur or rely on the professionals reputation for a fee.

    August 11, 2013

  • Tom C.

    I completely agree with Blake and others who donate their time and experience, at no charge, to help others in the community.
    We (Art really) went out to find situations/opportunities where we could practice our skills and hopefully improve as photographers at no cost to the recipients. That is our choice! The professional has the same opportunity to work to find photo situations/opportunities and charge for their services. We do after all live in a free society.

    Photo opportunities such as the worldwide "Help Portrait" organization, the photos that Exposure Roanoke provided for the handicapped workers at Goodwill for Christmas and other local efforts helps those who otherwise would have no photo memories if it were not for the volunteer photographer. Should we not give our old usable clothes and furniture to Goodwill, or other charitable organizations, because it might take a sale away from a furniture or clothing store?

    August 11, 2013

  • Michael O.

    I am reluctant to join this event even though I have extensive experience of this type of photography for almost 40 years and have a large lighting system to use.
    This seems to be a Job that would PAY a photographer. Although I support Exposure Roanoke in expanding knowledge and experiences in photography to others, I am uncomfortable with this organized volunteerism that takes work away from a photographer.
    The Rescue Mission is a good cause, the church involvement causes me concern. Through the years, I have noticed that churches dealing with altruistic endeavors like helping the poor always ask for volunteers so they do not have to spend church money. However, when it comes to the matters to benefit the church, such as buildings, sound and video systems, they are more than willing to pay them whatever it takes to get it done.
    I feel that this event is most likely taking paying work away from photographers, and ER should not be involved in that kind of action.

    August 11, 2013

  • Art S.

    Blake - Welcome to the group of dedicated photographers who like to give back to the community - We will look forward to seeing you at the BLAST (on the 12th) and also at the BEST PRACTICES (on the 5th).

    July 28, 2013

  • Louie A.

    I cannot be at the upcoming planning meeting but I'm still attending this event. Can anyone fill me in concerning the meeting prior to this? I would appreciate it. Thank you.

    July 24, 2013

  • Sandra W.

    Glad to come to help and not be a photographer.

    July 24, 2013

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