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Photographer FAQ

Written by Rip Williams. Posted in FAQs

Q: I'm interested in learning.  What should I bring?
If you have an SLR camera, bring it! (It's best to learn on your own equipment.)  If not, many people are happy to lend you thier equipment while you're here.  Lenses, and most other equipment flows pretty freely, but please respect everyone's investment.

Q: What sort of equipment will I have access to?
A studio full of lights, light-modifiers, radios, grip gear, backdrops, reflectors... everything you need.  You also have access to 3 floors (1900 sq. ft.) of various interior locations, adjacent exterior locations (until 10:00pm) and the entire downtown area to play with.  We currently run up to 6x Alien Bees and use industry-standard Pocket Wizard radios, Matthews (and other) Grip Equipment, etc.

Q: I shoot (insert camera brand.)  Are there others in the group who might have helpful info for me?
A: Yep.  We have photographers in the group who shoot Nikon, Cannon, Sony and Olympus digital systems.

Q: Can I provide free headshots (etc, etc) at GPG?
A: Well, kinda.  GPG is designed to provide free portfolio development to models, photographers, makeup artists, hair stylists and clothing designers.  No commercial work of any kind is allowed at GPG.  If you're a model, your portfolio headshots (etc) are completely in-line with the spirit of the event.  If you're a clothing designer, portfolio images of your wares are similarly aligned.  However, this does not include images that are directly used to sell your items on ebay, etsy, etc (commercial use.)  If you're a real-estate agent, musician, band, DJ, artist, writer, attourney, etc, your "headshots" for business cards, album covers, dust covers, flyers and the like are commercial photography.
NOTE: Exceptions to this rule may be considered for the benefit of true non-profit endeavors if everyone involved is aware and agreeable.

Q: GPG Doesn't allow commercial work.  Can I rent the studio during other days?

A: Absolutely!  You can rent the Rip Williams Photography Studio for other times or commercial work.  It is $100/hr including all lighting and grip equipment.  However, if you're a GPG Sponsor, you get several FREE RENTAL HOURS as part of your package!!!

Q: I wannna learn video.
Great.  We've got cinematographers in the group too...

Q: Are there some online resources that I might find useful?
Oh, yeah.  Registered users get a ton of links and info about print labs, lighting techniques, gear reviews and more.

Q: I am a ___________ and am interested in more specifics.
A: Great!  Check out more FAQ's using the menu on the right!



Big ol' thanks to our newest sponsor ANDY MAYO, as well as photographer TONY GIANCOLA for beoming  GPG SUPPORTERS! Both ANDY and TONY have agreed to serve on the ADVISORY BOARD along with our newly appointed honorary member, JON COTTRELL.  You all rock!

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