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A local con is looking for employees, and I noticed that there's not many photographer who has applied for the job. I'm thinking of taking the job as a photographer because I'm used to photography and I like photography. So I was thinking of searching for the job. However I want to know it you've worked on any cons and how it was. I'm not just talking about how your time was, I'm asking about both you... People around you and how people treated you.

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It doesn't seem like I was clear with my original thread post. If you seek a work there then you'll get a employment at the company for a few days. Meaning that it's not free work and that you're getting payed.
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Do u have a pro camera?
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GayAsianBoy wrote:

Do u have a pro camera?


I've got a nikon D3100.

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Do you enjoy the con? Is there a minimum amount of hrs needed? Cause i never volunteer cause i enjoy the cons to much.
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GayAsianBoy wrote:

Do u have a pro camera?


I've got a nikon D3100.



Go for it! Maybe bring a tripod or something.
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Monopod would be better imo, GL
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For a moment there I thought the thread is about criminal activity
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nanikore2 wrote:

For a moment there I thought the thread is about criminal activity


It isn't? We are talking about conventions here. More crime will never be seen!

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Well, if you want to do it, and expect zero money for it then do it. Lots of convention jobs are not really ever money paying jobs. 95% of it is all volunteer. So make sure which is it, and go from there.

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I'm writing the following as organizer and long time volunteer of conventions myself.

As Echoshadow above me sais, most European conventions are organized by non-profit organizations and they will not be able to pay you money for the work you do.
Expect at most a free ticket to the event, a t-shirt, lunch and maybe a goodybag.

That said, being a photographer at anime conventions might be less fun than you imagine it will be, remember that you are still working for the convention, which means that you're not always free to shoot wherever and whenever you want.
Being an official photographer may give some more freedom in where you want and are allowed to take photos, but at the same time you are restricted to a schedule, they will probably tell you when and where to take photos and also the kind of photos they are looking for.

Be sure to ask what they expect from you before you say yes to the job.

Another pointer I can give you to increase your chances of being hired: Previous experience.
Have you done any convention or cosplay photography before and can you show the organization some of your work?

Having a good camera is one thing, showing you know how to use one is another.

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TheOmegaForce70941 wrote:
However I want to know it you've worked on any cons and how it was. I'm not just talking about how your time was, I'm asking about both you... People around you and how people treated you.


Well, as I said above, I have been an organizer of as well as been a volunteer for anime conventions for quite some time.
I enjoy it greatly and hope to be able to enjoy it for many years to come, seeing people enjoy themselves brings me a lot of joy.

How do other people treat me? Pretty well.
On-duty people come to me for directions inside the venue or to ask program related questions, off-duty I'm just another visitor although within my own country people do recognize me as organizer of one of the conventions so they tend to ask me anyway. (Even if it's not on a convention I organize )
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My cousin goes to cons and shoots cosplayers. I don't know if he's getting paid but doing it gives him opportunities to actually build up his portfolio; hence, helps him enough building his credibility to actually shoot some local, "inspired" models. Not to mention, his FB friend list has blown out to thousands. That bastard. Point and shoot. Hahahaha
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-Paul- wrote:

Do you enjoy the con? Is there a minimum amount of hrs needed? Cause i never volunteer cause i enjoy the cons to much.


All 3 days are required meaning that I'll sleep over at the convention staff room. This isn't volunteer work. It's a employment where you'll get payed for a 3 days.
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TheOmegaForce70941 wrote:
All 3 days are required meaning that I'll sleep over at the convention staff room. This isn't volunteer work. It's a employment where you'll get payed for a 3 days.


Looking at their willingness to actually pay for a photographer gives me the impression that they're looking for something at semi-professional level.
Not just anyone with a decent camera, but one with an bag filled with equipment and a portfolio showing his previous work and preferably someone that has followed or is following form of education in photography.

As I said before, if you have some of your earlier work, make sure you show it to them to increase your chances of getting the position.
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