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  1. Precious

    Precious TPF Noob!

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    Hello everyone here at The photo forum! I'm new and starting my own business in doing portrait photography! Please help me by giving me tips and techniques for great photos! I'm a little anxious about the biz, and would like some expert advice on the pics I post!
    So, here's my first post here! My daughter Katie
     
  2. JIP

    JIP No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    You are starting a business and you need tips for great photos arent you rushing things a bit?
     
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    oCyrus55 TPF Noob!

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    Well, I kind of agree...

    But here is an edit I did of your picture. I did it kind of quickly, and sorry for the splotchy shirt, but the picture isn't the best resolution.

    Key changes:
    -brought out the eyes with curves, I didn't bring out the white part of the eyes and I should have
    -cleaned up around her mouth and eyes
    -converted to black and white, and adding some color back it with a color balance layer
    -burned her hair

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    Edit:
    Before I converted to BW, I got rid of the redness on her cheeks and arm
     
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    theusher TPF Noob!

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    Reminds me of the times article...
     
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    aammoore TPF Noob!

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    Although I LOVE the B&W version here.....Your original shot is beautiful too, You'll be doing fine....we are in the same boat...starting my own business soon and would love new ideas!
     
  6. Precious

    Precious TPF Noob!

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    that's a little harsh don't you think, I never asked for any opinions about what you thought about me starting my biz! I only asked for tips and techniques. I never said I had any professional degrees or anything. I just want to improve. You were pretty arrogant to say something like that without knowing anything about me or my biz.
     
  7. The_Traveler

    The_Traveler Completely Counter-dependent Supporting Member

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    Wow!! They sure know how to use that Southern charm in rural Georgia.

    Perhaps he was gently saying that portrait photography is a tough business to make money in and you might want to get past the 'tips and techniques' phase before you invest a lot of money and energy.

    But you probably know best.
     
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    aammoore TPF Noob!

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    I agree, it was a little harsh...but understandable I guess. I thought the same thing when I read it though...you didn't ask for personal life advice, just advice on the picture. You included that tidbit of info(about your biz) to let people know you are a beginner...not unqualified..:)
     
  9. Precious

    Precious TPF Noob!

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    So, what you people are saying here on TPF is that you must be perfect and the best at what you do before you can start making any money off the portraits you take and that you shouldn't need any advice? I haven't invested that much money into starting my business. It's not all about making money, I love to take photographs and if people want to pay me for making theirs then I'll cash in. Also, this is not my main income, so I really don't care how much money I make, I just like doing it. Wow, if this the response I get from posting my first picture, I'd be a little reluctant to post another!
     
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    Precious TPF Noob!

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    Yep:thumbup:
     
  11. aammoore

    aammoore TPF Noob!

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    Please do post more...I for one, would be very interested in seeing your work...
     
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    I didn't think he was harsh or rude perhaps just trying to be helpful. We get a fair number of people who are new at photography who want to 'go pro' right away and perhaps he was inquiring that perhaps this may be early for you - considering you were asking for tips.

    OTOH, you are new here in a community, asking for help, and yet you took offense at what could easily be a harmless attempt at being helpful and you have responded fairly aggessively. How will you respond if people actually criticize one of your postings?

    BTW, It is very difficult to see detail on pictures this size (476 pixels high). I would suggest that you post images at least 600 or more for realistic comments on detail.
     

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