How do you find time for photography?
It photography what you do in full time?
I'm currently a student in college. I just finished my photography degree and going onto a business degree.
I just want to do my thing right now. Plus I'm having trouble finding people to model for me. I'll do their pictures for free because one I enjoy it, two I need it for my portfolio. I would love to start making money.
I need to get my foot stuck in the right door.
What did you do when you first began to set out in the real world?
Need an intern?
I just wish I could find more time to get pictures done.
We always can find time for anything, if it’s one of our priorities and interests …(and photography is my full time profession.)
You can ask your parents, friends and classmates to model for you…or even people on the street.
Everybody is beautiful for a portrait session.
Here are couple of suggestions for you.
1. Start your notes, emails, conversations with a proper greetings and introduce yourself before asking a question. 2. Get rid of any sense of entitlement. 3. Expressing your personal wants/rants usually is not going to help you “to get your foot stuck in the right door” 4. I started photography 20+ years ago. What I did then, is rather non relevant in today’s photography world. But I can tell you, there are no short cuts and even if some people get a break and have an easy/quick rise, without putting hours and hard work, it won’t last long… and learn to shoot video too. 5. I don’t need an intern at the moment but I suggest, if you want to ask any other professional photographer, have a can do attitude.
I checked out your photography fan page on face book.
I am assuming that your aim in photography is more than just a hobby.
If that is the case indeed, you need to exhibit your best images in a simple website at least.
While face book is a great tool for marketing and connecting to potential clients, the quality of exhibited images is lower than a website or even tumblr.
So do make a small website, targeting the potential clients that you would like to shoot for….and meanwhile you have more space in the info page of your face book page, at least tell people a little more about yourself and what you do or would like to do.
Now regarding the images themselves.
The football folder shows that you have the eye… good compositions for the most part, although you rely heavily on post production (photo shop or similar) to add drama to your shots…. in that case you need to work on your PS skills … more subtle, the better unless you have a grand idea in mind. In a long run, even if an everyday client would be happy with less than perfect PS works, the lower quality images will hunt you. … my personal suggestion? go easy on PS and try to get better shots in camera.
Regarding water marks… if you want to use them, decide on a style/font and stick to it… that becomes your brand… I suggest a very tasteful non distracting one … if you notice the water mark first before even seeing the image, it’s a bad one.
Ok I looked at your other images and the amount of PS work is just overwhelming….
So here are few steps for you:
1. when you photograph, try to get the best photographs in your camera. 2. easy on photo shop! 3. if you want to use water marks, choose a subtle one and stick to it for a long time. 4. did I say go easy on PS? 5. choose your very best shots and start a simple clean no music no flash no junk website. 6. when you shoot portrait, do it quick… the longer you take, the less alive the expression of subjects. for that you need to be so good that you are not wasting time setting your camera while your subjects are posing.
Thank you for playing and best of luck.
PS. Other people, please note that Melissa is the fifth & last person of this offer for free critique. At the moment I don’t offer any more.
Please visit this post before sending me any emails:
I get 10+ emails per week of people who have various questions regarding photography.
I would love to help everybody, but that is just not possible…plus I don’t have the answers to all of the questions.
However please make a note of the followings:
1. If you write me, please introduce yourself properly.
Who you are, your back ground, age, location, how long you’ve been shooting etc. Without those very basic back grounds even if I have the answers to your questions, I will ignore your questions probably, as the right answers might change dramatically based on those information…. so any answers would be a waste of our time.
2. Do send a link or two to your best works only. (no photo attachments)
3. Ask me if I have a fee for analyzing portfolios or if I am willing to offer my time and suggestions free of charge. That is just a professional courtesy and common sense.
Please understand, for the most part, I do not charge to give few suggestions to very new photographers, however if you are a working photographer or on the verge of becoming one, I charge a small fee to analyze and make a detailed suggestion regarding your portfolio/website etc.
Thank you for all of the interests and understanding.