photographer Bees

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Post # 3
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4877 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@ChocolateLime:  

How many years of training/courses did you do before you did your first paid booking (not for family or friends) I have a degree in photography. While my expereince was fantastic, I didn’t learn to be a photographer in school. I learned far more about being a photographer in my first 6 months out of college than I ever did in school. What I did learn was a great foundation from a very solid school/program, and the valuable experience of being around like-minded people. Out of college I worked for a photographer, who had a portrait studio that employeed several photographers. I could have certainly worked for myself, but felt that the knowledge I learned there was SO SO SO worth it – both on the photography side of things and the business side of things.

What equipment did you start out with? When I started we were still shooting film, medium format Bronica’s, so probably not relavent to you. By the time we moved to digital it was still very new, and my first digital was a Canon 20D. Obviously digital has grown tremendously since then and I shoot all full-frame and L lenses. For someone starting out, I always suggest skipping right over the consumer level (like the Canon Rebel series) because I find it pretty ridiculous to getting comfortable shooting manual when you have to go into the menu to change your settings. Then again, I’ve only barely used one (friend’s cameras) and found the whole setup silly.

Do you have a studio? No. I live in a resort area, and shoot primarily on location (specificially the beach). We have no use for a studio around here. A few people have them, but use them more as office space than actual shooting.

have you ever done newborn and baby photography and how did you find it? I shoot some newborn/baby photography, but not much. It’s not my passion – I’m primarily a wedding and portrait photographer – and find newborns to be a specialized area that doesn’t really translate well to other areas. For example, as a wedding photographer, newborns are just NOT my strong point. I know many newborn photographers who are not good wedding photographers because they’re used to a controlled session.

any tips for a bee looking for a career change in the next 5 years? Practice. Just don’t jump in. Photography is an art, but that doesn’t mean that you can pass off anything as “art” when it’s just not good work. You should be producing consistant work before opening a business and charging money. The biggest mistake people make is jumping into business before they are ready.

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Post # 4
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Bumble bee

How many years of training/courses did you do before you did your first paid booking (not for family or friends):  I started out with film for years and years. I picked up a digital camera and had to re-learn everything…on my own.  

What equipment did you start out with?  Canon 40D model….shoot and learn in Manual and RAW….learn LIGHTROOM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Post processing is the main part of your work and that is the final product the client sees, and the first a new client sees to hire you.

Do you have a studio?  Yes, for 4 years out of my 10 year business.  But I still do a lot of on-location photography. Mostly newborns in-studio and meeting potential wedding clients

have you ever done newborn and baby photography and how did you find it?  I do weddings, portraits, newborns. Don’t get into newborn photography unless you know what you are doing. It takes skill and a lot of knowledge to keep the baby sleeping for the entire session.

any tips for a bee looking for a career change in the next 5 years?  It takes money to make money. Go legal, pay your taxes, get insurance.  You’ll pay out more in taxes and overhead costs than what you will get paid for yourself.  You won’t make what you think you will make.  It doesn’t pay the bills.  Health insurance IS NOT affordable owning your own small business.   I still have my full-time job.  It pays my bills, mortgage and provides health, dental and vision insurance.  I use the photography as a second income. 

 

Good luck. Know your camera, lighting and equipment. Don’t buy plastic lenses.  Glass is the way to go. Canon D models are the more professional models for pros.

 

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

 

@ChocolateLime:  If you are going to use flash, learn to use a speedlite flash and not the pop up flash. 

If you don’t mine a little CC?

#1 and #2, your backgrounds and whites are blown. 

#2 is extremely dark on one side of her face and the skin tones are way off.  The angle is not a good angle. You should never shoot anyone from down pointing up.  It’s just not a flattering angle for anyone, even a cute baby as you have there. 

#3  Sepia?  Not a fan…B&W? if so, colors are off.  Flash is showing up on the wall behind her. To me, I’m assuming you are using the pop up from the camera.   Whites are also blown in this picture and the darks are too dark. Too much contrast. 

Using a speedlight, you can direct the flash and bounce the flash off the ceiling, side wall or the wall behind you so the shadow of the subject doesn’t show up behind them…and also, move them away from the wall a few feet.

 

Hope this helps. She’s adorable. And you have a great subject to practice on.  I will pm you something in a minute. 

Post # 7
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3989 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

How many years of training/courses did you do before you did your first paid  booking (not for family or friends)  No training or courses.  I was all self taught, outside of everything I learned in a couple of photography high school classes. I bought a bunch of books, instructional videos, and studied A LOT.  I did about 5 shoots for friends before I started charging.

What equipment did you start out with?  I started with a Nikon D40 and the lens that it came with.  I also started with a bounce flash which is imperative for indoor photography (NEVER use your on-camera flash).

Do you have a studio?  No.  All of my photography is natural light and I go to client’s homes who have newborns.  I’ve never had a need for a studio.

have you ever done newborn and baby photography and how did you find it? I do both and newborn photography is my favorite.  I agree with a PP that it takes a lot of practice and time.  It helps that you have a baby of your own (I don’t and it took a lot of time learning how to “mold and fold” them!)

any tips for a bee looking for a career change in the next 5 years? I’ve been doing this for almost four years now, but I do it part time.  I still haven’t built enough clientele to go full-time so I work M-F 8-6 and on Saturdays and Sundays I do all of my photography.  It’s exhausting.  Know that it will take a long time before you start making money. Photography equipment is expensive and you will need that expensive equipment to bring in client’s that are willing to pay what your time is worth.

 

Best of luck to you!

 

Post # 8
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788 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

How many years of training/courses did you do before you did your first paid booking (not for family or friends)

Never went to school. I started as a makeup artist ans wasnt happy with the pictures. I borrowed a D80 and off I went. It came very natural to me. I have taken classes here an there through private photographers. Still do. I Googled and practiced, practiced, practiced.

What equipment did you start out with?

Nikon. Still a Nikon user.

Do you have a studio?

Did for 5 years. Closed it this year to buy a house and build one on the property. I just didnt use it enough to keep paying, I was still always shooting on location! I can get by without it for now.

have you ever done newborn and baby photography and how did you find it?

Yes I do. I love it.

any tips for a bee looking for a career change in the next 5 years?

Truthfully. Stick with part time/use it as supplemental income. Its harder than ever now. Top ranked as one of the worst careers. The real reality of the business. Not saying it cant be done but…

 

 

Post # 10
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1287 posts
Bumble bee

@ChocolateLime:  More less, over exposed: 

 

Blown Highlights
In digital photography terminology, blown highlights are areas of a photo that are so bright they are pure white. 

A digital camera can record 256 shades of brightness, from “0” (pure black) to “255” (pure white). Every pixel captured is assigned a brightness value. 

When it comes to editing, software can add to, or subtract from this value to make a photo brighter or darker. E.g. it can add “10” to every pixel to make the photo brighter. 

However, if a pixel already has the value of “255”, it can go no higher. No detail can be found in these areas of a photo and they end up pure white. These areas are called blown highlights. 

Post # 11
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542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@ChocolateLime:  Thank you for starting this thread! I just started getting more serious about photography too. I took classes in high school but I really didn’t appreciate the resources at the time. I recently purchased a Pentax ME Super 35 mm film camera from Ebay. Using a non-digital camera has taught me SO MUCH about photography. Trial and Error has been the best teacher. Film photography has taught me invaluable fundamentals of photography. I’m so grateful to the Rite Aid pharmacy for still having a wet lab to process 35mm film.

Here are some photos from my very first roll of film. I was happy to get some decent photos but even more happy that I understand what went wrong with the “duds”.

My husband purchased a DSLR for me for christmas. I can’t wait to “graduate” to digital. I used point and shoot cameras in digital, but it’s just not the same. I’m excited! I will be starting out on a Nikon D80…and I found this AMAZING resource through Nikons website:

http://www.nikonusa.com/en_US/IMG/Assets/Digital-SLR/2010/25412-Nikon-D80/Video/Digitutor/eng/d80/

It’s basically an online slideshow/movie manual about all the features and functions of the camera as well as some shooting tips.

Another great lesson has been looking up sample photos from the nikon D80 on pixel-peeper.com. Photographers will post pictures they have taken with a particular camera and will include details like Apeture, ISO, Shutter speed, Exposure time, etc. It’s so helpful to see the final image and understand what those numbers mean.

The internet offers a wealth of knowledge but I think once you get comfortable with your camera and understand how it works, just going out and shooting will be your best learning tool. I can’t wait to go out and learn!

Best of luck to you! I’m excited for you!

 

Post # 12
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788 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@ChocolateLime:   Forgot to add. I started charging almost immediately. I am the exception the norm though because I had a strong grasp on lighting-posing-styling already as a makeup artist-stylist. I worked with tons of photographers. Im a studio lighting champ. 😉

I got an amazing speed light crash course in lighting on a makeup job I did for the Air National Guard. It was awesome! Lighting the Reaper, the battle lab, and the simulators. tricky lighting for that. Learned so much that day.

I also will add I shoot full manual mode all the time, did right from the first time I picked up a DSLR. Manual is one of the best ways to really learn your camera.

Reflectors, foam core, and off camera flash are your best friends!

 

You can message me any time with questions. 🙂

Post # 14
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542 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

@ChocolateLime:  I spent all of last Friday on youtube watching “behind the scenes” baby photography. I could never stay awake in those studios! The white noise, the heaters, the rocking…. not to mention, the photographer got poo’d on, hard core. Baby photographers are in a league of thier own. I have much respect for thier “art”. Not to mention, the pressure of handling babies that are only days old, in front of the brand new, protective parents. Those wobbly heads make me SO NERVOUS!

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