This is exactly why I didn't buy from the photo's that Natalie's Montessori school had done, the lady claims to be "professional" but her pictures are OOF and inconsistent when it comes to brightness and contrast. To top it I've had to deal with her when my CD got messed up last year and she was very unprofessional in a business sense. She doesn't have a website or a facebook page definitely not good for a professional photographer of any sort.
Last edited by Muddee; 11-07-2012 at 02:31 PM.
* Amanda *
And along the same lines, I hate when people tell me that my pictures are good because of my camera.....
I've had several people telling me lately that I should "go into business" and start charging for my pictures. Having a good camera and a good lens does make a difference, but there is a lot of skill that goes into it. And also the ability to see with a creative eye. I don't feel that I've reached the professional level yet. I can see where I've made TONS of improvement since I joined this board and started to experiment with my DSLR. Learning to shoot in manual and in RAW, has made loads of a difference. Looking back at the pictures we had taken at JCPenney when A&A were 2 months old, I wonder how I ever thought some of those pictures were great. The color and exposure are all ok, but majority of them are slightly OOF. Compared to those pictures, I would say I do pretty good work. I have taken 2 photography courses, and plan on taking another in the Spring. I think I want to take the Photoshop course next, followed by one of the ones on lighting. If I'm a very good girl, I might get a speedlight for Christmas---- or perhaps on Mother's Day.
I think that attitude of others doesn't help the situation either, Danielle. You're so right about people thinking that since you have a nice camera, you need to go into business. It's easy for them to say, since it's not their money on the line. In this situation, enabling most definitely doesn't help! They're setting their loved ones up for failure. I'll admit, though, it's hard to resist it when everyone is telling you that you should go for it. So, good for you for knowing that you need to make sure you're absolutely prepared for it before jumping in. There's a lot of learning that needs to happen first. And dang, girl, I'm so proud of you with your progress! Keep it up!
A person I was friends with in high school just posted some pictures on Facebook for her family Christmas cards, and I think the person that took them thinks they are professional, they have a bunch of props a white background, everything but talent. For starters I am not a fan of mom's dress for family photos, but I believe a good photographer could have worked well with it, this one put her in poses that were just not flattering, in fact all their posing was poorly done. In two of the photos where the background is supposed to be white you can see props in the background. The white backgrounds aren't white. The photos with props are cropped too close. Less of a concern but still one is the pictures don't pop, not really sure how to describe it other than they are flat. Mom's happy with them and I really don't know why, I hope it's cause she didn't pay for them.
* Amanda *
I just read something in the local Online Yardsale FB group that made my eyes bug completely out of my head! There's a photographer (I use that loosely because I can't seem to even find a website) in the area that is offering a 1-1.5 hour session with *400* edited images for $50! I've never seen anything like that....
Omg 400? Lmao
LOL I know, I don't either!