(Closed) Too amateur for the price? need ur opinions…

posted 7 years ago in Photos/Videos
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

Keep looking. Does she even use a diffuser or any other sort of equipment to enhance the quality of the shots? They’re okay quality for, say, a family reunion, but not for a wedding. Many of them are too dark or have other issues with exposure, and I wasn’t crazy on the level of creativity, either.

ETA: Even the editing was a little dodgy–I’m thinking of the picture of the girl fingerpainting where the color bled over into parts that should have been black and white. http://picasaweb.google.com/116419159803795692665/PhotographyByAyrin?feat=flashslideshow#5529477457754774322

Post # 4
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 1969

she is quite affordable but i would definitely ask to see wedding photos first. i’m with Mrs. Grape on the quality…

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

I think the pictures that are on her website are okay, agree with previous posters though.  But you need to know if she’s done weddings, and you need to see more of her work.  Her prices are pretty far below most that I’ve seen, so I don’t think they’re unfair.  Especially considering the work that goes in.  But you could also ask her about customizing a package if, for instance, you want more hours of coverage but don’t care about prints.

Either way, ask to see more of her work and find out more about her experience.  I don’t think any of it looks bad though, and it’ll be hard to find more for that price.

Post # 6
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Bumble bee

What the heck is a diffuser?

Anywho, most of those images are underexposed and the compositions are poor.  I hardly see any wedding footage either.  Now, since you are having a more casual backyard wedding, your photographer won’t be under the gun as if it was a more stuctured formal event, but you still want full coverage and the fact that it’s outdoors may pose lighting issues so you want to use someone that at least is experienced with flash photography.  You should be able to find that in that price range

Post # 7
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Bumble bee

I agree to keep looking. :/ I second what Mrs Grape said! It looks like she uses Picasa to do all her edits (a free, super easy to use free program from Google).

 

Post # 8
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

@USER876: It goes on top of the camera and helps with the light balance in photos. 🙂 Really helps improve the quality, especially on indoor shots!

Post # 10
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Bumble bee

@Mrs Grape:  You are talking about a sto-fen omni bounce.  Yes I am familiar with it, but it’s absolutely useless in outdoor photography.   Quality and characteristics of light has to do with the size of the lightsource and the diffuser you are speaking of does not change the size of the light source.  What is does do is scatter the light in different directions which is useful when shooting indoors and bouncing flash, but all of her images were taken outdoors which is why I was confused to what you were referring to.  Honestly, from the images there, I think she is using 100% natural light with no flash, never mind using a diffuser with the flash.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

my photographer is based in south jersey, and has comprable (although, slightly higher) prices

 

if youre interested, i can pm you her name and website

Post # 12
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Bumble bee

@Lovebird724: are you using RW?  If so I would recommend him

Post # 13
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2009

They look like any old point-and-shoot photos.

Post # 15
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Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2012

Yeah, I think she is charging way too much if she is building her portfolio. SHe should be offering free services until she gets better.

Post # 16
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Newbee

@Miss Tattoo:

 

I agree.

 

@MamaHusky3:

It’ll be her first wedding gig, so I think you should make an offer. See about a price for 8 hours, CD, full rights, no books prints. If she goes down to 500, I’d say that’s more than fair for a first gig. If not… check out craigslist. Decent photographers can be found for that price.

 

-Christopher Schall

Photographer

 

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