Anonymous asked: I'll be doing my first hotel gig today. I have read the tips here about them. I dont see a task listed where I would need a room shot. Is this inside the task of getting pictures of "view from hotel"? If not I would think I could get the rest easily accpet maybe the gym (if they have one). Just try to decide whether to ask or not.
Check the Gig questions again. Are you sure there isn’t a question that says, “Take Photos of a Standard Room”? It should be a separate question from “view from the hotel”. Either way, be sensitive to hotel security when you do your gig. Hotel gigs require lots of pictures and staff can get nervous if you are hanging around taking a lot of pictures if they don’t know what you are up to.
I find the Cafe or coffee shop gigs to be more difficult than the restaurant gigs. While I find I can zip in and out of a restaurant the cafe’s require alot of photos inside. Early on I was denied taking photos in one and had to abandon so now I always ask first. They dont typically have menus so you must get 4 good shots of their menu board which is often behind the counter and hard to get a good shot of sometime unless you lean over the counter. So, for the Cafe gigs I made a name badge to wear, intro myself, get permission and proceed. This has helped alot and most even offer me a free coffee :) They all seem to like seeing the name badge and definitely look at it closely when I say I am from gigwalk and motion towards my name badge. I found it helped save time repeating the company name and explaining who I was. Photos needed are 4 menu, 4 interior seating, 4 food items, 4 of anything interesting, 4 of exterior seating and 4 of entrance (or so;)). Anyway, alot of pics to just take un noticed. I recommend doing coffee shops mid to late morning or mid afternoon. When they are busy it’s hard to get the shots of food in the display case and the menu boards. Those are my tips :)
Anonymous asked: Not sure this is a question. More of feedback for Andrew and Jenzi who did an incredible job pulling this together. Wow -- is all I got to say.
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Anonymous asked: What do you tell a business when they ask what you are doing?
•To ask or not to ask, that is the question. Whether you announce to the staff at a gig you are with Gigwalk is up to you. Most of the time I find it unnecessary and doing so will only slow you down. The only things you definitely need to do inside the gig are to snap your interior shots and maybe pick up the menu if its a restaurant gig. If you are cool about it, you can be in and out of the gig in a flash with no questions asked. If you get a strange look from the staff, a simple “Can I take some pictures?” gets you what you need 99% of the time.
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