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  1. Fraggo

    Fraggo TPF Noob!

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    So, I am tring to get a business started. I have learned a great deal from everyone here on the forum, but I can no longer find the post for Show me your business card. So here are my ideas...
    More of a formal business card, usual weddings and ceremonies and what not.
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    This is what I would like to do for extreme type of photography, rock climbing, x-games type shoots and what ever else comes out of it.

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    The reason I have my flickr page on there is because I don't have a copy of CS3 that I use at work. Please any C&C and tips is greatly appriciated.
     
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    tirediron Watch the Birdy! Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I assume from your comment that you'll be changing the Flickr URL to your own website? Other than that, the one huge omission is an e-mail address. Aside from that, I'm not fond of the shadowed font in #1; it gives me the impression of being slightly out of focus. I was going to question your sanity vis-a-vis #2, but your explanation makes perfect sense, and while it's definitely NOT my taste, I think it works well.
     
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    Fraggo TPF Noob!

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    Thanks for the comment Tirediron, should i go ahead and put extreme photo on #2 then to claify? and i will take out the shadow to see how it looks. if nothing else, i'll change the font.
     
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    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    I agree with Tirediron, I hope you will be using an actual web site, not just Flickr and you should have an E-mail address on there. I also agree that the drop shadow is hurting the visibility of the text. Also, you may or may not want to include a short list of services you offer...like 'Weddings & Ceremonies' etc.
     
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    Fraggo TPF Noob!

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    I do plan on getting somthing other than flickr, I'm just getting everything in line before i move foward. Ok, i will add the list on there for clarification.
     
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    Fraggo TPF Noob!

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    Updated versions, and thank you for looking.
     
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    bhop No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Please don't use that font... next to comic sans, I think papyrus (and fonts that look like it) is one of the most unpopular fonts that just screams "novice designer"

    from wiki
    "According to the January 2009 edition of HOW magazine, the Papyrus typeface is the clearest indication that a particular design was done by an amateur, or before 1990. Among serious graphic designers and design critics, the typeface has become an industry-wide inside joke because of its prolific use by desktop publishers and non-professionals."
     
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    Fraggo TPF Noob!

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    ahh, lol, thank you for the info. i will see what else works. As far as everything else goes, good, bad, indiferent?

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    And am I missing anything in the middle, i dont think i should add anything because of clutter, but i hate dead space at the same time.
     
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  9. Chris Stegner

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    I know people are going to get upset with this.... but,

    Photographers get upset when people think they can do what a photographer does, yet here's a photographer attempting to do something other than photograph. I know, I know people can be "good" at more thing than one, but in most cases, including this one. One should stick to what they are best at.

    These designs just scream out "non-designer layout". Fonts, type sizes, colors, alignment. It just doesn't work.

    I would suggest that you maybe contact a local designer, you may even know some that you've worked with, and ask if they would be interested in a trade of services. You'll do some shooting for them and they'll design a identity for you.

    Your best bet would be to NOT show them what you've done, but show them your photography. They should be able to design an identity that shows your style based on your photography.

    Give it a shot and see what a "Designer" comes up with. If you're serious about your photography business, you should take your identity serious.
     
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    Fraggo TPF Noob!

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    i've learned to take everything with a grain of salt, i am not butt hurt.

    I do understand where you are coming from though, I am not a designer. This is, however, a temporary solution until i can either get the funds to pay someone to design for me. Again, thanks for the advice, i do know quite a few designers that are in my field that can hook me up and i will look to them. In the end, it's all my decision, even if i do commit a career suicide.
     
  11. bigtwinky

    bigtwinky No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    I'm not digging the gas mask with a crown. It reminds me more of a tattoo than something that says "photography".

    I understand the need for minimalism, but your last example is off. I don't like the dead space in the middle, it doesn't feel balanced IMO. I preferred the overall look of the 2nd example, except for the font choice of course.
     
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    Fraggo TPF Noob!

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    lol, not many ppl, oh well, guess i get to scrap it for now. What about the font of the 2nd example with the font of the last one?

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