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Also wanted to add- your area is loaded with talent. Go to that website. You’ll see bunches of PA & NJ togs who do awesome work.
Julie- if you want the real deal you should budget $3,000-$5,000 for great photography. Everyone’s on a budget but how much do you value the images that will last a lifetime. The flowers only last a day. The DJ/ band will be a distant memory. Your images will be with you forever.
If you want to choose a great photographer, one that will capture your day professionally, go to fredmiranda.com. Click on forums and then the Wedding Photographer sub-forum. That’s where the talent hangs. They post their latest work.
Do you pay your taxes on paid shoots?
I should add the reason it fails is because newb photographers like to think f/1.8 is the holy f-stop. When you focus and recompose, the focal plane can shift and if you’re shooting with a wide aperture, you have very little forgiveness.
Focus and recompose 99 out of a 100 times ends with a big fail. The D7100 has 3-D tracking mode. Learn how to use that instead.
“The woman was overweight and wasn’t posed in any flattering ways.”
This is one constant with all fauxtographers. Rarely will you ever see a faux photographing stunning couples.
I noticed she’s using continuos lighting for portraits. One of the first clues of being a fauxtographer.
I know it’s your life but are you sure you want to get a BFA? Especially when your school doesn’t even teach studio lighting? You’re pissing away money. Get a degree in business- which will help establish your biz- and take photography classes and attend Meet-Up shoots. A BFA/ MFA is one of the worst degrees to get according to Forbes, WSJ, US News, and every other news outlet.
Unfortunately, it’s a gamble when you let newbies who just hung up a shingle to take pics of important events. The best thing your friend can do is delay no further and pay for a professional and experienced newborn photographer to take her pictures.
eyedoc- I told you last week other forums were better: thephotoforum and photocamel (better of the two). You didn’t believe me. Told ya.December 9, 2013 at 10:23 pm in reply to: Whether we like it or not, fauxtogs ARE making money…. #15661
My issue is when “hobby” photographers charge for services and then don’t pay taxes.
I think as you move into the lighting portion of class you’ll gain a better understanding. In looking at the Lee family gallery on your flickr, almost every image could’ve benefitted from some fill flash. When you shoot with the sun to the back or side, you’ll almost always need flash or a reflector at minimum if you want a well exposed background. Speaking of backgrounds, some of your backgrounds do not lend to the image. One of your shots was done at f/11 when you could’ve done f/5.6, making the background more blurry and less distracting. Even with a family of 4 or 5, you can get away with f/5.6 if you know your depth of field.
I took a peek at the exif data on a few images. The D500 has a native ISO of 200. Anytime you deviate from the native stops of ISO, you risk losing the dynamic range. Also, try playing around with your metering modes. Everyone was center weighted, which is a good starting point, but you have a few that could’ve benefitted from spot meter.
Lastly, and this is something I stress a lot on here, is know how to sharpen and process for web viewing. A few of your images are soft when flickr resizes them for viewing. It isn’t until you view them in the original size that they are sharp. The problem is your work should be viewer ready right from the start. In the Lee album, the second image of the toddler alone should be pulled. It’s soft regardless of what size you view it in. Only show your best.
I wanted to add that I echo the above. I think you are creating some cherished memories. Understanding depth of field will take your images to the next level. For instance, the image of the little girl and her dad would really pop by isolating the subjects from the background.
Doc- I should clarify. There is good advice given here. I give out solid gold advice for free! :). It’s just that most people on here are trying to go pro whereas you are a hobbyist (which is so refreshing, btw). So…ya kinda threw me for a loop. Lol.
Wanted to add that aside from a pack and head system, I also have several Elinchrom BXri’s to take on location with a portable battery pack.