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Derrick Schwieters
Posts: 68
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, US


Hi please go through my portfolio and give me your honest opinion on the images. Are they good enough to be paid for? As of right now I am not being paid for my work, but I would like to.
Oct 26 12 08:19 am  Link  Quote 
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B R U N E S C I
Posts: 25,319
Bath, England, United Kingdom


Short answer: No.

Longer answer: Not yet. As it stands your 'portfolio' is hardly more than a collection of pleasant but unexciting snapshots.

You need to learn about and work on composition, lighting, focal lengths, DOF, model interaction and posing, retouching....

I would suggest getting a copy of "Light, Science and Magic" and working your way through it. Then shoot and practice a lot for a couple of years at least. When you can look at the pictures you have in your portfolio today and be genuinely ashamed of every one of them, then maybe you will be closer to being in a position to start charging for your services.

Best of luck! smile



Just my $0.02

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Stefano

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Oct 26 12 08:25 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Is Photo Art
Posts: 684
Roswell, New Mexico, US


Derrick Schwieters wrote:
Hi please go through my portfolio and give me your honest opinion on the images. Are they good enough to be paid for? As of right now I am not being paid for my work, but I would like to.

well our goal is money for sure!

I don't think it is in my opinion because I don't see a originated style that only comes with time and experience.. Keep shooting have fun with it but focus more on the art of photography and not the dollar sign just yet.

Oct 26 12 08:30 am  Link  Quote 
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Oscar Partida
Posts: 730
San Diego, California, US


YEs,if you focus on your Local market...Weddings.Prom's,Sweet sixteens families etc,

NOT yet at least,if you are planing on becoming a Fashion photographer
Oct 26 12 08:32 am  Link  Quote 
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Ron Spackman
Posts: 209
High River, Alberta, Canada


No. You have some pretty pictures, but still need more experience in both the technique and the art of photography. You've got a great start, but not yet ready for charging a professional fee.
Oct 26 12 08:41 am  Link  Quote 
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DAN CRUIKSHANK
Posts: 1,786
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada


Not yet. In order to consider yourself worthy of being paid I believe you must offer consistent, guaranteed results. I'm not saying that every image you shoot will be award winning, but they should all show a distinct control over lighting, composition, depth of field, etc. Currently I do not see this consistency in your portfolio.

This is just my opinion of course. I Haven't made a cent from any of my shoots yet, as I still consider myself a rookie. There are too many self proclaimed pros out there anyway. I wouldn't want to sell anything I'm my truly proud of.
Oct 26 12 08:58 am  Link  Quote 
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M Pandolfo Photography
Posts: 12,116
Tampa, Florida, US


I'd recommend as much knowledge as you can obtain on lighting and start applying it to your location and/or studio work. Once you learn how light affects your images you're on the road to vastly improving your shots.

Right now you have snapshots. The initial impression I had was neither the images or the subjects were anything remarkable. It looks like you asked a friend of family member to pose in the backyard.

Learn what it takes to transform a snapshot into a quality photo on the most basic level. You'll be amazed at the difference.

Maybe start out with very down-to-earth books/vids like Scott Kelby puts out. Those seem to be user-friendly. But I can't emphasize enough the need to learn everything you can about lighting and how to use it (not just artificial lighting but using the sun to your advantage as a natural light source).

Good luck.
Oct 26 12 09:11 am  Link  Quote 
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Orca Bay Images
Posts: 32,233
Lodi, California, US


Oscar Partida wrote:
YEs,if you focus on your Local market...Weddings.Prom's,Sweet sixteens families etc,

No, not even for those markets.

Oct 26 12 03:05 pm  Link  Quote 
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Lee_Photography
Posts: 8,549
Minneapolis, Minnesota, US


http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121021/21/5084cb8ed4829_m.jpg
One of your better images
But the background has the stark contrast between the tree and wall? Photo upper right, thus a distraction

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121001/19/506a4dc1be088_m.jpg
Do not center the subject
Would much rather see her eyes looking at camera

Both images lack punch, due in part to processing.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/121001/19/506a4c8718aaf_m.jpg
Model centered again, where are her hands
Lens flair distractions

Should you be paid, if you can find paying clients why not

Wish you well in your journey
Oct 26 12 04:29 pm  Link  Quote 
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M Pandolfo Photography
Posts: 12,116
Tampa, Florida, US


Oscar Partida wrote:
YEs,if you focus on your Local market...Weddings.Prom's,Sweet sixteens families etc,

NOT yet at least,if you are planing on becoming a Fashion photographer

If someone isn't good enough to be paid by a commercial client, do you think individual clients would be more accepting? I might even argue the opposite.

Passing off sub-par work to a bride on her wedding day might be the most foolish business decision a photographer could make.

It's also making a generalization that photographers who perform those events do so because they're not talented enough to work with commercial clients which I don't believe is the case.

Oct 26 12 04:53 pm  Link  Quote 
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Ken Marcus Studios
Posts: 8,441
Los Angeles, California, US


You have a very long way to go


Keep at it . . . . the thing most people don't understand is how many years of experience it takes to get good
Oct 26 12 05:07 pm  Link  Quote 
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Derrick Schwieters
Posts: 68
Coeur d'Alene, Idaho, US


Thank you all for your words of wisdom. I can see that many of the replies are from photographers that are shooting different genres and in a studio with artificial lighting. I obviously don't have a studio.
But either way, the rules of lighting and composition still apply for all genres. This is a continual journey for me and I also cannot give all my time to this as its not my full time job.
I really appreciate the examples of my photos that you critiqued, gives me a clear rxample of why people are talking about.
Oct 26 12 07:12 pm  Link  Quote 
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DarkSlide
Posts: 2,160
Alexandria, Virginia, US


No.
Oct 26 12 07:16 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Renato Alberto
Posts: 851
San Francisco, California, US


This is just MHO.

It's really hard to tell from the pictures you have up on your port what type of photography you are trying to sell yourself as a photographer. I assume it's not a wedding photographer, or fashion, it's not glamour, maybe a little commercial. but my point is that it's hard to tell.
Your port needs to reflect the type of photography you want to do and get paid for.
Do you have a printed portfolio? What does i look like? How do you approach your clients? What type of clients are you trying to attract.

I have been in this crazy business for over 25 years, and how you present yourself to customers is 75% of the battle.

Again, just MHO...

Best of luck.
Oct 26 12 07:30 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Jeff Fiore
Posts: 9,216
Pelham, New York, US


Ken Marcus Studios wrote:
You have a very long way to go


Keep at it . . . . the thing most people don't understand is how many years of experience it takes to get good

^^^ THIS! ^^^

Oct 26 12 08:05 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
thirdfoots
Posts: 88
Melbourne, Victoria, Australia


Getting payed to shoot a lot of the time is not about skill or the camera you have
I think it about marketing your product and having a point of difference
Go for it learn on the job

Good luck
J
Oct 26 12 09:56 pm  Link  Quote 
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