Last weekend I had the great opportunity to photograph the Tour of Elk Grove Village. As you may know, I love cycling and even more, I love photographing cycling. It was a great weekend. Great racing, great fans. I was offered water, beer and scotch. all of which I declined. After all I was working.
I saw old friends and made new ones. Met cycling greats such as Bob Roll and Jeremy Powers (J-Pow).
The photos are online and have already been downloaded from South Africa (Team MTM, the first sanctioned team from South Africa participated). Photos have also gone out to Europe.
Photographing a race like this can be either very easy or very grueling. It all depends on how much you want to do or not do. If you want great photographs, you’ll do a lot of work. The last time I photographed this race was two years ago. That time I needed to have all of the days photos uploaded that night. The racing would be over about 8:00pm. By the time I got back to my hotel room it would be 9. I would then begin to transfer all of the image files to the computer, at which point I would hit the restaurant for dinner. When I got back to my room, I began edititng the days photos. I would usually be done around 2:00am, hit send, then go to sleep. I had gotten a nearby hotel room so I could start the edititing process sooner. I was also required, that time to supply more photos.
This year was different. The volume was lower. The deadline, not nearly as fast.
These are some of the factors that are taken into account when quoting on such an assignment.
As an example, some things that may or may not be needed for photographing a bicycle road race.
- Moto driver: Do I need to hire a motorcyclist to drive the course while I sit on the back and photograph the riders?
- Second shooter: I can’t be everywhere at once. Do I need to have one two (or more) other photographers along the course to capture everything that happens?
- Post-production assistant: If the photographs are need shortly after the event is ended, then a person is needed to handle image files as quickly as possible, usually as the event is still is happening
That is just a quick sample of what could be needed. Now obviously if you don’t have a budget for this scale, well then, you need to decide what it is you can afford and we can work together to make it happen.