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Ruth Chapa
Posts: 8
Nashville, Tennessee, US


I’m a self-taught photographer and right now I’m just really focusing on getting great images in my portfolio. So I’ve been doing a lot of TF work just to help me and the ones involved build a good portfolio…how many images should I give them? I let them know that I do not release RAW images, and I don’t want to retouch 60+ images… so what do you think is a good number to give them?  I think it’s pointless to give someone so many images, If I give them 15-20 GREAT, I mean GREAT! Images is good enough. But am I wrong? They only upload 2-4 to their Facebook or MM Port anyway….  It’s what I’ve done so far, and I haven’t had any  complaints, but am I giving too many, or not enough?
Feb 02 13 12:26 pm  Link  Quote 
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ForeverFotos
Posts: 6,618
Indianapolis, Indiana, US


I have been giving models 20 to 25 images per half day TFP shoot, and have never had any complaints. Typically, models and photographers have different tastes in what they like in an image, so that number usually allows enough for the model to choose a few for her port.
Feb 02 13 12:35 pm  Link  Quote 
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GPS Studio Services
Posts: 33,484
San Francisco, California, US


15-20 images will be fine for most models, probably more than you need.  This is not a critique of your work, but the word "great" is subjective.  A lot of photographers choose the images they decide to give the models.  What you think is great may not be what they think is great.
Feb 02 13 12:42 pm  Link  Quote 
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Kev Lawson
Posts: 6,293
Daytona Beach, Florida, US


ForeverFotos wrote:
I have been giving models 20 to 25 images per half day TFP shoot, and have never had any complaints. Typically, models and photographers have different tastes in what they like in an image, so that number usually allows enough for the model to choose a few for her port.

And, to add, models generally need certain types of images for their portfolios where photographers may need something totally different. TF* should be about accomplishing both goals. smile

And, Welcome to Model Mayhem! smile

Feb 02 13 12:46 pm  Link  Quote 
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Bravo Magic Images
Posts: 765
Temple City, California, US


I give out a CD of all of my images just the JPEG formated ones I let them pick the ones that they want edit normally about 10 images nor more than that on a Trade shoot but when i pay a model i dont give them nothing at all but the cash they agreed to get paid for the work they did. If a model pays me for a shoot I give them the best of the best of what i shoot mainly head shots body shoot and artistic work aswell. i GIVE THEM a DVD of what they paid for such as head shoots body shoots and outfits they wore on the shoot.
Feb 02 13 12:49 pm  Link  Quote 
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B R U N E S C I
Posts: 25,319
Bath, England, United Kingdom


I give anything from my stated 'minimum' of 3 images per shoot, up to around 10 if the model is amazing and we get a load of good stuff.

Never give out sub-standard images that you wouldn't want your name associated with - they're guaranteed to be the images the model will plaster all over the internet with your name in big letters underneath!



Just my $0.02

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Stefano
www.stefanobrunesci.com
Feb 02 13 12:51 pm  Link  Quote 
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Looknsee Photography
Posts: 20,457
Portland, Oregon, US


There is no set or "standard" answer.  Negotiate the number with the model.

Tangent Alert:
Ruth Bernhard is a classic fine art photographer from the "Golden Age" of photography; here is my favorite (18+) image done by her.  Many of the styles of images popular today (i.e. considered cliche'), she was the originator.

I had the pleasure of spending a day with her, when she was in her 80s.  Among lots of other things, I asked her how many exposures she made during a typical session.  Her reply, "Oh, just the one".

So, speaking brutally -- if you can produce a stellar image, you probably can get away with giving the model a single image.  If, on the other hand, you produce crappy images, there aren't enough images in the world that will satisfy the model.

Feb 02 13 12:54 pm  Link  Quote 
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Jay Farrell
Posts: 12,903
Nashville, Tennessee, US


-B-R-U-N-E-S-C-I- wrote:
I give anything from my stated 'minimum' of 3 images per shoot, up to around 10 if the models is amazing and we get a load of good stuff.

Never give out sub-standard images that you wouldn't want your name associated with - they're guaranteed to be the images the model will plaster all over the internet with your name in big letters underneath!



Just my $0.02

Ciao
Stefano
www.stefanobrunesci.com

This is what I do. More isn't better. Useful and stellar is best.

Feb 02 13 12:55 pm  Link  Quote 
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Michael DBA Expressions
Posts: 3,083
Lynchburg, Virginia, US


There's no rule about how many. As has been pointed out many places, many times, one great one trumps thousands of merely good ones.

But you can certainly negotiate a number if you'd like. Pick one. Any one. If you are going to promise in advance to deliver some number, do make sure you have that many great ones and avoid giving anybody merely good ones.
Feb 02 13 12:59 pm  Link  Quote 
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Ruth Chapa
Posts: 8
Nashville, Tennessee, US


I don’t set a number, like I’m only going to give them 20 and that is it! lol I just pick the best, for some models is 15, for some is 25.... and in between, sometimes more. And I always tell them this is what I want to accomplish with this shoot, is there anything you want for your portfolio I would be happy to do that for you. most of them just say simple head shots which we get out the way at the beginning of the shoot.

Thank you so much to everyone for all your comments
Feb 02 13 01:21 pm  Link  Quote 
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