(Closed) Be honest bees…what do you think?

posted 9 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: What do you think?
    Yes, I would have mine taken because nothing beats free! : (41 votes)
    28 %
    They are good and I would be happy to have them : (75 votes)
    51 %
    They are so so (please provide suggestions) : (27 votes)
    18 %
    I can do better....(please provide suggestions) : (5 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 17
    1075 posts
    Bumble bee

    They are very well done

    Post # 18
    5317 posts
    Bee Keeper

    Yes, I’d like them.

    Some people may say no thank you because they either don’t like to be photographed or wanted a different style for whatever it was (if it was for a specific event or purpose).

    I say… offer! And don’t take any no’s personally (if you even get any), because I’m sure they would be for one of the reasons I mentioned, only.

    Post # 19
    2144 posts
    Buzzing bee

    An artist never grows without critques Wink

    That being said, you also need to take risks and place yourself out there. Lamenting that I was wasnt a published author wasn’t making me an author, hard work and writing made me one.  Take action. As an artist it is hard and you are exposing your soul to the world; and frankly the world won’t be kind to you sometimes. But you must take that first step.


    As with the others I think the last one is the best. I love the colors. The couple shots are eh, I think they are too common.


    Good luck to you!

    Post # 20
    69 posts
    Worker bee
    • Wedding: October 2013

    Yes, they are nice photos…and even nicer when you mention free lol…but seriously, they are great

    Post # 21
    1401 posts
    Bumble bee
    • Wedding: April 2015

    @bmo88:  I work solely with Canon products, but I see no reason why there wouldn’t be Nikon-compatible lenses.

    A pancake lens is a fixed focal length lens that is extremely portable and (IMO) extremely useful in lower light. It is a bit of a splurge, but so are most lenses. Just a suggestion if you get more serious. It’s helpful to have an array of lenses.


    Post # 22
    2865 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    I think your composition is great, but the editing needs a bit of work.  I think that the vignetting needs to be toned down a ton and the ones of your sister are a little bit oversaturated (her skin looks orange).

    But, with a couple of editing classes I think you’re well on your way to getting a business or serious hobby going!

    Post # 25
    2865 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: October 2011

    @bmo88:  I think at a more beginners level you should start with photoshop.  I used photoshop and perfected it for about 10 years before I switched over to lightroom.  And I still use photoshop for a lot of editing over lightroom. 

    Post # 26
    744 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: City, State

    I would totally allow you to take free pictures of me and my Fiance

    Post # 27
    4437 posts
    Honey bee

    @bmo88:  The 50mm fixed is the lens I would HIGHLY recommend, especially for portraits. It’s unbelievable.

    I agree that the issue I think you should work on it editing.I’m going to take the opposite side from KatebyDesign and recommend Lightroom over Photoshop. I am a beginner at photo editing and I disagree. I find the interface more streamlined, it’s easier to use and there are more “automated” features to help along someone who is on the amateur side. I have been using Photoshop a long time and have taken classes on how to use it and I still prefer Lightroom. (I have Lightroom 3 and Photoshop CS3). Photoshop is good for the more detailed work, but for general editing I would recommend Lightroom.

    I will add… for free photos, I’d be satisfied with them.

    Post # 28
    12303 posts
    Sugar Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2011

    Im not really a fan of the first 2. I think the contrast is too high?  The hair looks very… not sure what the right word is, flat? artifical?

    The last 3, I like, more natural looking.  3 & 4 are nice for portrait pics, the last one is best.  Love the background.. composition?

    sorry, dont know any of the real photo lingo.

    Post # 29
    952 posts
    Busy bee
    • Wedding: City, State

    Absolutely!  Start branching out you friend/family circle you photograph and build that portfolio!

    Post # 31
    437 posts
    Helper bee
    • Wedding: February 2014

    I didnt read all the posts but never call it free, its not free ever! πŸ™‚ Its trade, the barter system, they give their time and you give them photos. Your time is worth something and so is theirs. Cash does not have to exchange hands. As a hobby or a profession time is worth something. πŸ™‚

    If you ever decide to go professional you dont want people to walk all over you and be known as the “free” photographer either. For portfolio building say your portfolio building and you’d like to trade their time for some photos.Words of advice. πŸ™‚

    If I were you Id get Lightroom over PS. I really only use PS for skin work and spreads. Things you can do in LR take way longer to do in PS and there is a much bigger learning curve with PS and its VERY costly. LR is a very good low priced program and its awesome.

    Overall they are pretty good just too heavy on the vignetting, some are too cool, and some are too orange hued. You need more post processing practice with a better program. It takes time. πŸ™‚

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