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  • in reply to: How do these fauxs get so much business?!?! #19158
    AndreCosto
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    This is related to the thread on the value of a good photograph/photographer. The value of a good or service has nothing to do with it’s cost of production, or how much skill or difficulty is involved. There are plenty of things that are very expensive to produce, require tons of skill and effort, but that no one is willing to buy.

    The value of something has to do with how much people are willing to pay for it. If customers don’t see the difference between what the fauxtog does and what you do, or if they don’t think they need what you provide in addition to the fauxtog, or if they are simply unwilling to pay what you charge for what you provide, the fauxtog will do better than you. It is that simple. No one cares how difficult it is, how costly, or how much skill is required to do what you do. They care about whether they want to pay what you charge for the result. Find the people willing to pay what you need to charge to make a living. Or make another living. Simple, harsh, true.

    in reply to: So am I a fauxtographer? #18136
    AndreCosto
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    There are some interesting moody and atmospheric ideas on there, but sometimes let down by technique. Your cover photo, for example, I would go back there and either use much greater depth of field or make sure you focus on the far wall.

    in reply to: So I joined 500 px dot com #17670
    AndreCosto
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    Thanks. Some very nice stuff on there.

     

    in reply to: So I joined 500 px dot com #17607
    AndreCosto
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    Just for the sake of completeness, here is my other account: http://500px.com/FromTheAir

    I like to keep the themes separate.

    in reply to: So I joined 500 px dot com #17558
    AndreCosto
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    Been on there for a while. The feedback is sparse and not terribly useful. And since I stay off the like ladders, not much activity on my page. But a nice platform for friends and family to look at my stuff.

    http://500px.com/andrecosto

    in reply to: Take a peek #16080
    AndreCosto
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    When photographing live music, it is easy to let the autofocus zero in on the microphone. Chose your focus point carefully.

    in reply to: Constructive Criticism on my Favorite Works #15223
    AndreCosto
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    Your stuff is excellent and getting better every time you post. On shot 5, the line of the mountains cuts across the model’s head. But that’s a very small nit-pick. For you now, I would say it is a question of right place and right time. I hope you find it.

    in reply to: Photographers That Make Us Swoon #14478
    AndreCosto
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    Great idea for a resource thread. Should be stickied

    I have always loved photography, but this picture really started my love affair:

    http://www.barewalls.com/pv-456756_Le-Siecle-du-Belem.html

    A large print has always hung on my office wall. So I will go with Plisson la Trinité.

     

    in reply to: please be gentle #13801
    AndreCosto
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    I like your stuff. Part street, part fashion, not quite posed, but not quite candid either. You have a striking style and the images are interesting. What more can one ask for? I am not crazy about the low contrast shot, but then I like contrasty. Keep doing what you like.

    in reply to: They can't take friendly competition! #10105
    AndreCosto
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    Why not offer to help out with the judging?

    in reply to: Some Self Portraits I took. #9950
    AndreCosto
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    From a photography standpoint, they are interesting and have high emotional impact. They certainly grab the attention. The outdoor series could benefit from better lighting. You put yourself in a patch of shadow surrounded by lighted areas. That tends to distract from the main subject. The indoor series is quite interesting, but a bit busy and it is sometimes hard for the eye to find the subject. I hope this helps.

    in reply to: Fauxtogs who should end up on the main page… #9581
    AndreCosto
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    Well, most of them are bad. But the picture of the girl with glasses and the case of Coke is competent in a Herschell Gordon Lewis kind of way. It has that Scum of the Earth feel to it. If he pursues that angle, he could do something nice for a very niche market.

    in reply to: Am I a fauxtog/bad at phtotography? #8966
    AndreCosto
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    I also like the guitarist, but what jumped out at me is that the oval around the Pevey logo is cut. That sort of breaks the harmony for me. Other than that, good pic.

    in reply to: Constructive Criticism, please #8965
    AndreCosto
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    I’ve seen a great deal worse. Some of the pictures have a bit of a catalogue feel. That’s not good or bad, just an observation. You seem to have a knack for catching people when they look happy.

    AndreCosto
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    I don’t know much about portraiture, but just as a viewer, I would say great model and setting. The light is a bit harsh and the overexposed bottle next ot the fan especially distracts the eye. I like the original crop. I am not fond of the half lamp in camerclicker’s crop. I almost wish this was black and white, slightly dark, and less smily.

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