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SugarOfSharai
Posts: 18
Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada


its officially been about 2 months since i picked up my first camera, Canon rebel XT... kit lens.    bear with me here..


I did all of the makeup, wardrobe, hair and styling, editing, AND finally, photography!!


what can I improve on?

I seem to be getting a lot of positive feedback however, for some reason many clients are not interested in paying to work with me. (is this the industry in general, or is there something my work is missing, to appeal to the greater population?)

dont get me wrong, I have no problem with TF (its all i do obviously!) , i am new to the game, i dont expect to make money right off the bat, however my GOAL for my portfolio is to be a professional full time photographer, so my portfolio needs to appeal to that.
Feb 24 13 12:47 pm  Link  Quote 
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Photo Visions
Posts: 1,034
Cape Coral, Florida, US


I think your port is pretty good.
I like the style of your images and sure you will go far.
Never stop learning. After 50 years of shooting, i am still learning.
Feb 24 13 12:58 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
SugarOfSharai
Posts: 18
Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada


Photo Visions wrote:
I think your port is pretty good.
I like the style of your images and sure you will go far.
Never stop learning. After 50 years of shooting, i am still learning.

thank you!! big_smile   

i suppose there is never a cap for learning in photography!

your kind words are appreciated

Feb 24 13 01:00 pm  Link  Quote 
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RachelReilly
Posts: 1,727
Washington, District of Columbia, US


favorite:http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130224/12/512a783250b09_m.jpg
although i wish you would bring her forward to catch a nice DOF in the background

the series witth the couple arent half bad! except they are not in focus!!!!! in the real world those would be unusable!
Feb 24 13 02:01 pm  Link  Quote 
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Jorge Kreimer
Posts: 2,273
Los Angeles, California, US


SugarOfSharai wrote:
its officially been about 2 months since i picked up my first camera, Canon rebel XT... kit lens.    bear with me here..


I did all of the makeup, wardrobe, hair and styling, editing, AND finally, photography!!


what can I improve on?

I seem to be getting a lot of positive feedback however, for some reason many clients are not interested in paying to work with me. (is this the industry in general, or is there something my work is missing, to appeal to the greater population?).

You can improve on both lighting and composition. Also, I don't see a trace of a developed style. What differentiates you from the rest?

Positive feedback on this site, means absolutely nothing in the real word. Keep working, keep experimenting, keep improving and be patient. One cannot skip steps.

Good luck!

Jorge

Feb 25 13 08:05 am  Link  Quote 
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Lee_Photography
Posts: 8,578
Minneapolis, Minnesota, US


http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130224/12/512a7a9e1945a_m.jpg
The guys boot seems to be in sharper focus then the female models head
Give the eyes more light, reflector and or flash

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130224/12/512a78bc6f3da_m.jpg
Think vertical, would fill the frame with the model
Do we care about the background or the model more?
Control your depth of field by opening up your lens to a small f stop number; this will help throw the background out of focus
Try a tighter cropping, cut off ¼ of the right end of the photo, and half way between top of models head and top of photo.

http://photos.modelmayhem.com/photos/130224/12/512a7246d18cc_m.jpg
With this much leg it would be nice to see her feet

You have a good start keep on shooting!
Feb 25 13 08:37 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Retiredmodel
Posts: 7,884
Monmouth, Wales, United Kingdom


I think there are some super images in your port.
Looks like you have used one really good model in particular.
You've done a good job with styling and some of the images are really great.

But I think expecting to get paying clients in a very competitive buisness after two months, little experience or credits is a bit hopeful.

And what clients are you aiming at?
If models or commercial or fashion clients, then lose the wedding photos. That isn't going to sell your services to new model hopefuls. Start a wedding photography album on clikpic or something and market that in a different way.

There are all sort of photographers. Some are artists with great vision creating an alternate vision of the world or seeing the existing one through a different eye or expressing something of emotion or aesthetics that gets them recognised by clients either commerical art/gallery clients or by the public.

There are great technicians who can create amazing images because of their experience and knowledge of photography who are not artists themselves but can interpet a brief with brilliant technical know how. These will become commercial photographers. They can work with the best stylists and become fashion photographers.

At the moment I'd say you show remarkable ability for someone who has just picked up a camera but study learn and develop it to become a tehnical expert on lighting exposure depth of field etc. Or develop creative projects that indulge your passion for expression. Or do both. At the moment you aren't doing either to the fullest potential and only when you do do clients come. Even then it's hard.

But you are going the right way. You have an eye for framing an image and styling and colour; and some orf the images are defininitely intriguing and catch the attention. So let's see more: that is what I am left wanting which is good. A lot of photographers here who have been at it a long time and are great technicians don't have that wow factor and have immaculate images in their ports but they are a bit unimaginative. You show us you have some vision and I wouldn't worry overly on sharpness which a lot are obsessed with here as if you have commercial clients that is a must. I can see you are portraying that soft focus other-woldliness or a fleeting moment - but show you can do both. And the one model is a professional or should be so keep working with her: looks a good partnership.

Some great advice from the above posters too. Don't get disheartened this will help you think of all these factors when you frame an image.

All in all a super start I'd say.
Feb 25 13 08:37 am  Link  Quote 
Model
SugarOfSharai
Posts: 18
Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada


Thank you for takin the time to critique my work!! 

Sometimes I feel I could benefit greatly from a whole new camera! One with more focus points, and a better sensor?    Sometimes the faces get a fuzzy blue or pink ring around the edges or their heads! Even when IN focus, it's rather bizarre!     Kit lens is not all that great for full body shots, the faces can't ever be in focus I've found. (Maybe my sensor mixed with kit lens issue?)   

I think I could really benefit most from a reflector, and a new lens in the least! To sharpen up and correct my lighting.     (Flash is a bit beyond me yet i would say!)

I'll keep working at it!!     I want to aim for weddings AND fashion, but I like a bit of both! Having seperate accounts this early in the game just seemed unreasonable though!
Feb 25 13 09:37 am  Link  Quote 
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AJ_In_Atlanta
Posts: 12,677
Atlanta, Georgia, US


SugarOfSharai wrote:
Thank you for takin the time to critique my work!! 

Sometimes I feel I could benefit greatly from a whole new camera! One with more focus points, and a better sensor?    Sometimes the faces get a fuzzy blue or pink ring around the edges or their heads! Even when IN focus, it's rather bizarre!     Kit lens is not all that great for full body shots, the faces can't ever be in focus I've found. (Maybe my sensor mixed with kit lens issue?)   

I think I could really benefit most from a reflector, and a new lens in the least! To sharpen up and correct my lighting.     (Flash is a bit beyond me yet i would say!)

I'll keep working at it!!     I want to aim for weddings AND fashion, but I like a bit of both! Having seperate accounts this early in the game just seemed unreasonable though!

A better lens will help with that, I don't think the camera body is really holding you back at this point. 

Some of your composition is just odd.  You should learn more about that, its a way to control the viewers eye to what is important in your image.  Its not the only way and that is why sometimes you will hear people saying to "break the rules".  Frankly that is BS, the rules describe how we as humans perceive new visual stimulus, you can use them or not but you can't change humans.  So learn it and add a tool to your toolbox.

As for fashion and weddings, just wanted to note that the fashion industry is a bit snooty about itself and trying to mix those two won't help you any in the fashion world.

Feb 25 13 09:49 am  Link  Quote 
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RachelReilly
Posts: 1,727
Washington, District of Columbia, US


SugarOfSharai wrote:
Thank you for takin the time to critique my work!! 

Sometimes I feel I could benefit greatly from a whole new camera! One with more focus points, and a better sensor?    Sometimes the faces get a fuzzy blue or pink ring around the edges or their heads! Even when IN focus, it's rather bizarre!     Kit lens is not all that great for full body shots, the faces can't ever be in focus I've found. (Maybe my sensor mixed with kit lens issue?)   

I think I could really benefit most from a reflector, and a new lens in the least! To sharpen up and correct my lighting.     (Flash is a bit beyond me yet i would say!)

I'll keep working at it!!     I want to aim for weddings AND fashion, but I like a bit of both! Having seperate accounts this early in the game just seemed unreasonable though!

I would look into a new lens if sure its not a user error.
Maybe used, might be cheaper?!?

If you do weddings you don't really need a whole new account for it!

Feb 25 13 09:53 am  Link  Quote 
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M Pandolfo Photography
Posts: 12,116
Tampa, Florida, US


SugarOfSharai wrote:
Thank you for takin the time to critique my work!! 

Sometimes I feel I could benefit greatly from a whole new camera! One with more focus points, and a better sensor?

Yes, but then what would you blame for not getting paid work?

If I picked up a camera for the first time 2 months ago and was talking about frustration with not getting paid and attributing failure to the camera and wanting new, better equipment I would have to change my business name to ADD Photography.

Feb 25 13 09:55 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Lee_Photography
Posts: 8,578
Minneapolis, Minnesota, US


SugarOfSharai wrote:
Thank you for takin the time to critique my work!! 

Sometimes I feel I could benefit greatly from a whole new camera! One with more focus points, and a better sensor?    Sometimes the faces get a fuzzy blue or pink ring around the edges or their heads! Even when IN focus, it's rather bizarre!     Kit lens is not all that great for full body shots, the faces can't ever be in focus I've found. (Maybe my sensor mixed with kit lens issue?)   

I think I could really benefit most from a reflector, and a new lens in the least! To sharpen up and correct my lighting.     (Flash is a bit beyond me yet i would say!)

I'll keep working at it!!     I want to aim for weddings AND fashion, but I like a bit of both! Having seperate accounts this early in the game just seemed unreasonable though!

It’s not the camera or lens as much as your technique, the reason I say that is you are talking about more focus points. This implies to me you are letting the camera do the work of focusing, I still believe the photographer is smarter then the camera in knowing what should be in focus.

Your new assignment, switch your camera to “A” mode set it for f 5.6, as that is the fastest that I think your lens shoots at. Set your ISO for 200, set your focus point to only the center point.

With these setting you are limiting the depth of field as much as you can, shoot at only 55 mm, move back to bring what ever you want into the frame.

Now here is the magic bullet for you, with the center focusing point active place it over the closest eye of your subject, hold the shutter button half way, then recompose the photo to include everything you want in the photo [Remember keep the shutter button half pressed this will lock the focusing while you recompose] then squeeze the shutter button.

I will bet you that more of your photos will be in sharper focus.

Feb 25 13 10:01 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
C h a r l e s D
Posts: 9,304
Los Angeles, California, US


Your backgrounds are cluttered, confusing, and steal the show from the models, which should be the subject.  I find myself wishing the model wasn't there, and I could see more of the background.  Many of your compositions are way off, too. 

Keep shooting.  Just watch your backgrounds.  Styling of models is very good!  Watch your lighting, too.  Make the model your subject, if you're shooting a model.
Feb 25 13 10:07 am  Link  Quote 
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Fleming Design
Posts: 1,072
Hartford, Connecticut, US


SugarOfSharai wrote:
...Sometimes the faces get a fuzzy blue or pink ring around the edges or their heads! Even when IN focus, it's rather bizarre!     Kit lens is not all that great for full body shots, the faces can't ever be in focus I've found...

"for some reason many clients are not interested in paying to work with me...?"

OP, you are a beginner.  It may take a couple years of learning both photography and probably some level of marketing before reaching a place where people will pay you.  Maybe it will be quicker than that, or maybe it will never happen.  What are you doing now that you think clients should be interested in paying to work with you?

Feb 25 13 12:16 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Fotopia
Posts: 1,095
Atlanta, Georgia, US


If you can find a way of becoming an "artist" in eight weeks, you won't need to be concerned about making money shooting photos, you'll be booked solid for years showing others how.
Feb 25 13 12:23 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Mark
Posts: 2,889
New York, New York, US


yeah photographers have to wear many hats.  I see 4 photos that arent bad- mostly the very attractive brunette and her man.

I think its way too early to think about charging. Just keep on shooting and maybe do more natural stuff- with out make up and ward robe or just basic level- spend more time on learning about light and composition and dynamics.
Feb 25 13 09:40 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
balm in Gilead
Posts: 27
San Diego, California, US


SugarOfSharai wrote:
its officially been about 2 months since i picked up my first camera, Canon rebel XT... kit lens.    bear with me here..


I did all of the makeup, wardrobe, hair and styling, editing, AND finally, photography!!


what can I improve on?

I seem to be getting a lot of positive feedback however, for some reason many clients are not interested in paying to work with me. (is this the industry in general, or is there something my work is missing, to appeal to the greater population?)

dont get me wrong, I have no problem with TF (its all i do obviously!) , i am new to the game, i dont expect to make money right off the bat, however my GOAL for my portfolio is to be a professional full time photographer, so my portfolio needs to appeal to that.

Nice but it doesn't appear you have a set style or quality yet... But so early you are still finding yourself in your photography likely. That said the industry is very brutal even for established, published artists and photographers... Try to create what you see beauty in with conviction and hopefully as you evolve you will find some means of marketing yourself along the way.

Feb 26 13 06:15 pm  Link  Quote 
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