If you need a Shanghai photographer, you shouldn’t hire the first one you encounter or the cheapest one you can find. Price is important, but quality should come first, if you want the best possible outcome. This principle applies in photography, as well as in any other areas, so the following steps are going to help you choose the best professional in any area of interest.
The first step in finding a great Shanghai photographer is to inform yourself and come up with a comprehensive list of artists that could help you.
The second step is to determine which is the special type of photography each artist on your list is best at. Filter your list in order to keep only those individuals who are experts in the type of photography you need. If you want to take photos of the city, choose urban photography artists. If you need portraits, choose one who has a wide experience with this kind of projects. If you need someone to take photos at your events, pick someone who knows the rules of event photography. Don’t be afraid to narrow your niche as much as possible. This is how to can get the best possible artist at the most affordable price. If you choose an artist who is famous in a type of photography you aren’t interested in, you are going to pay a higher price, even though that guy is only at average level in your specific type of art.
The third step is to check out the portfolios of all professionals on your shortlist. You should select those who seem to have a style you find enjoyable. They need to be able to make you feel the photo, to imagine the life beyond the two-dimensional world with is an image.
By the fourth step, you should already have a list of 4-5 eligible professionals. Send them all a briefing document, asking them to provide you a plan and a price quotation for the job. Gather all offers and compare them carefully. Assess the quality of work, the deadlines and the way the artist has understood your project. You need to pick the one who has come the closest to the idea you have in mind. Additionally, you need to feel a certain empathy, so that you can make sure you are going to have a smooth cooperation from the beginning to the end of the job.
The last step is to sign an agreement with the chosen Shanghai photographer. Don’t forget to mention all specific details regarding the date and the timing of the project, the number of photos to be delivered and the delivery support. If you need prints, mention it in your agreement. If you want your photos to be uploaded and hosted in the cloud, you should state it clearly. If you need the post-processing work to be ready at a specific date, state that also in your agreement. The more specific you are, the better.