The challenges of low light event photography require a combination of camera body, lens, and speedlight that can acquire focus in near darkness, perform well at high ISO, and adjust flash power automatically.
2012 or newer Full Frame, or pro level APS-C DSLR body . (Canon/Nikon). Mirrorless systems should have phase detect autofocus capability. (Sony A7II, A7RII, a6000 series or newer have phase detect, A7SII is contrast detect only) Preference given to latest generation Full Frame bodies.
A wide aperture lens is critical to deliver enough light to the autofocus system. Your lens must be 35mm or wider with at least an f2.8 wide aperture. For Full Frame a 24mm, 28mm, or 35mm prime lens in the f1.4 - f2.0 range is ideal, with a 16-35mm f2.8 or 24-70mm f2.8 being acceptable on the latest generation FF bodies (5D4, D850, A7III, A7RIII etc.) For APS-C Bodies, an f1.4 - f2.0 prime in the 14-35mm range is ideal.
You must have a hot shoe mounted speedlight with TTL capability, functioning AF assist beam., and Tilt/Swivel. Integrated/ pop up flash is not acceptable. AF assist beam on the speedlight needs to function properly with your camera body. (Use single shot AF mode.) A Stofen type diffuser is ideal, otherwise the speedlight’s wide angle pop out diffuser can be used and must be functioning properly. Failure to use a flash may reduce your total pay by up to 50%
Have the ability to capture and upload Full Resolution RAW (no MRAW, SRAW etc.) 3x2 Aspect Ratio files to Dropbox with the link we provide to you. Files must be uploaded within 24 hours of event completion. Uploading files later than 24 hours after event completion may reduce your total pay by up to 50%. You must capture images in your camera’s RAW format (.CR2, .ARW. .NEF etc.) Failure to capture RAW images may reduce your total pay by up to 50%. RAW images will be processed by us, no editing required. (Note: To help reduce file size/upload time, you may shoot RAW + JPG and deliver .JPG files, as long as RAW files are also available to us upon request.)
Check In Photos: Typical crawl check in times range from 6-8pm on Fridays, and 4-6pm on Saturdays, occasionally allowing up to an extra half hour for late check ins. Prepare to arrive early enough to test your camera settings before check in starts. You will be photographing groups (or individuals) of crawlers just after they finish at the check in table. Arriving late may reduce your total pay by up to 50%.
Crawl and Venue Photos: After capturing check in photos, you will be crawling to all the venues on the crawl, taking an image of the venue signage (don’t forget the check in venue), and spending approximately 10-20 minutes inside capturing photos of crawlers in their element before moving to the next. Leaving event before capturing all crawl venues may reduce your total pay by up to 50%.
Captured Images: All images captured during the event are considered work for hire, for use, modification, and posting exclusively by Crawl With US and affiliates, and may not be otherwise be sold, transferred, or posted elsewhere without express written permission.
Hiring Process: We will use the submission form below to consider you for hire. Submitting the form does not guarantee that you will be booked for any current or future event, only that your contact, equipment, and availability information will be on file for our consideration. You will be contacted directly if we have an event we would like you to cover in your area. If you have already photographed any event, this agreement is binding in its entirety retroactively.
Payment: If contacted to cover an event, payment is made via Venmo, after all image files are uploaded successfully and quality is verified. Pay is generally $200 per event, but may vary by city or crawl. If you don’t have a Venmo account already, it is required that you create one for entry in the form below.
Photographer Resources: If contacted to cover an event, you will be given password access to a web page with example images, detailed equipment setup recommendations, shot list, interaction tips, and a file submission form. You will need to read through this prior to the event, to make sure you understand the camera settings and types of images we require.
Liability: Crawl With US is not responsible for lost, stolen, or damaged property, please keep your equipment with you and secure at all times.
Application & Agreement
By submitting this form, you agree that you have read and understand the requirements for equipment, work for hire event coverage, RAW file delivery, payment, and liability. If you have already photographed any event, this agreement is binding in its entirety retroactively. Thank you for your interest!