(Closed) How good a photographer are you?

posted 8 years ago in Photos/Videos
  • poll: How good a photographer are you?
    I'm awesome! I have my own business/plan to start my own business doing photography. : (17 votes)
    16 %
    I'm awesome! But its just a hobby. : (11 votes)
    10 %
    I'm pretty good, I have an SLR, but I wouldn't say I'm great. : (21 votes)
    20 %
    I'm pretty good with my point-and-shoot but I wouldn't say I'm great. : (45 votes)
    42 %
    Eh.... not so bueno. : (9 votes)
    8 %
    Wait... there ISN'T supposed to be a thumb in the corner of every picture I take? : (3 votes)
    3 %
  • Post # 3
    Member
    14186 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    I do it for fun, really. On the side. Sometimes i get a little bit of extra money. I wouldn’t say I’m fabulous by any means, but I see what I like on other photographers’ sites and use it to inspire my own photos.

    I have a Pentax K-7, a handful of lenses, a Shootsac, and some off camera lighting. Basically a few grand worth of equipment.One of my friends is preggo and i’m trying to talk her into a matenrity session (but she says she feels unphotogenic) and I’m doing the getting ready/morning shots for my friend’s indian wedding (i can’t wait!) before her real photographer shows up.

    I don’t plan on opening up a business, but it’s enjoyable on the side. I’ve taken classes in photoshop and i’ve gone to workshops before with professional photographers, and my biggest struggle is learning what to do with the PEOPLE that isn’t cheesy or cliche. I have zero problems working my camera (i know it inside and out now) but posing gives me trouble.

    Okay here’s some of my stuff. I REALLY hope my friend lets me do maternity photos with her next weekend. I feel like a “real” photographer could probably pick these apart though.

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    Wow sorry they’re so HUGE

    Post # 5
    Member
    3539 posts
    Sugar bee
    • Wedding: August 2010

    Canon Power Shot S1 15 this photo was taken outside my front door about 2 months ago. Big thunderstorm was brewing πŸ™‚ its about as good as my photography gets lol

     

    Post # 7
    Member
    4765 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: January 2011 - Vintage Villas

    I love photography! However, I’m definitely one of those people who knows nothing about the technicalities of it, I don’t do any post-processing, and I just shoot what I like πŸ™‚ 

    My fiance has a Canon Rebel (xti, I think), and I have just a plain ‘ol point and shoot (can’t remember the brand right now – I know it’s an underwater camera!)

    I haven’t taken any pretty, artistic-like shots in a while, but I have some from my first canon point and shoot. They’re still some of my favorites! 

     

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    Post # 8
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    4385 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: May 2011

    I have a Canon Rebel (whatever the lowest model is) but I just got it, and I have been so insanely busy I haven’t had any time to learn how to use it. I might add that to my list for this weekend!

    Post # 9
    Member
    14186 posts
    Honey Beekeeper
    • Wedding: June 2009

    Yeah i know! I have TONS of nature type photos (they’re all on my home computer–i yanked these off facebook, haha) and photos from our vacations and stuff. I color edit them, turn them sepia, whatever i want, then mount them in frames. It’s like free art, lol. I love the “artsy” side of editing photos, like how Ben Chrisman does his work.

    But yeah…kids are tough, too. I don’t have anyone close enough to me that’ll just let me ‘experiment’ with their kids.

    my friend ashley munn (here’s her site) does the CUTEST baby photos. I always drool over hers. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this one. It’s red fish/blue fish. She has a very “you just DO it” attitude about her work, which i admire. I shot a wedding with her once, back in October. It’s fun to see the behind the scenes although i spent most of the time watching her, not shooting, haha.

    Stuff like this…i just go “omg….I SUCK” haha.

    [attachment=889053,110506]

    Post # 10
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    2027 posts
    Buzzing bee
    • Wedding: November 1999

    I’m definitely trying to get better, but I really need some new lenses. I have a Canon Rebel xti, and just the 2 lenses that came with it from Adorama (18-55mm/3.5-5.6 & 75-300mm/4.0-5.6), neither of which I’m in love with. They’re just the cheaper Canon lenses. 

    I really want a 35mm/2.0 lens right now, and a macro len, but that’s just way out of the budget right now. 

    I am much more comfortable with all of my camera’s features now that I’ve had it for a while, but have no idea how to photograph people. I’m loving all of the spring flowers and insects lately, though!

    I feel like I get a lot of happy accidents, but I don’t 100% understand composition yet. And I’m terrible at processing. 

    Here are a few from FB- I don’t have a lot to choose from on there. 

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    Post # 11
    Member
    739 posts
    Busy bee

    I own a wedding and portrait biz.  I’ve never actually held any other job as I started working as an assistant in high school.  It is A LOT of work, but it’s the most amazing job in the world {ok maybe just to me} I couldn’t even imagine doing anything else. It’s a slow week if I work less then 60 hours.

    If any newbies here who are just starting their biz or if you just have tech, editing or business questions please feel free to send me a PM or an email {info @ pizzutistudios.com} I LOVE finding other people who love photography as much as I do and I am so grateful to those who helped me as I was establishing my business and would love to pass that on.

    I have to much gear to list it all but my favs are:

    Canon 5d {hopefully upgrading to mk11 this summer}, canon L series 85 prime lens, 24 to 70 L series lens and my 580II flash off camera with radio poppers. For software, I couldn’t live with out Lightroom or photoshop.

    What a great post!  I love the questions, esp the last one.  I can’t wait to hear what others have to say.

    Post # 12
    Member
    739 posts
    Busy bee

    @ejs4y8 what a cute photo I LOVE LOVE LOVE it, and the concept.  She is an amazing photog and you are lucky to have her as a friend. 

    Post # 14
    Member
    5263 posts
    Bee Keeper
    • Wedding: June 2012

    I love photography like I love cooking and baking – I have fun with it and challenge myself, but don’t have enough confidence to go pro. It’s stress release for me, and although I could see doing a few low-key jobs, I wouldn’t advertise. My 35mm Canon Rebel SLR got stolen. πŸ™ And I have no access to a darkroom. So I’ve taken over the Nikon DSLR that I bought R a few years back. I’m terrible. 

    Post # 16
    Member
    4123 posts
    Honey bee
    • Wedding: October 2010

    Editing was totally my weakest point (and one I STILL have to focus a lot on, and I’d personally say I still stink at it!) You’ve got a great plan! Portraits you can mess up and offer your clients a redo πŸ™‚ That’s actually what I usually rec. Start doing portraits, start working with clients and business stuff, take all that money and invest in your gear. Then, when you’re ready to come out swinging in the market, you’ll wow not only your clients but competition.

    I’ll never forget, I had the hardest time and couldn’t really get why with my “DSLR” I could compose these awesome pics but they were just so flat, and boring, and just… eh. Then, as I was stalking a big name photog in my area, he posted a before and after of editing. It all clicked, Ah ha! So, once I was ready another year or two later, I entered the market, and not at the bottom. At this point, the “big” photographer was now HUGE and he and I were at the same bridal show. While talking to brides (a mere 4 months into business) he was standing outside my booth with his mouth open going to another photographer, “Where did she come from? Did she just move here?”  That was EXACTLY what I wanted.

    That’s why I wouldn’t do it any other way. I STILL see photographers I was starting out with posting on CL. (I’ve never posted there) and they are STILL working for next to nothing. I’ve seen others come up, piss people off giving bad pictures and then they disappear. I didn’t want that. I wouldn’t open a McDonald’s without Buns, so I didn’t want to open my business without everything in line πŸ™‚ 

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