I want to crawl in a hole.

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  1. wildmaven

    wildmaven TPF Noob!

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    I posted my first 2 professional paid portrait sessions on a private board that my friends (yeah, right) use, and this was the only reply:

    the focus isn't sharp at all
    the lighting isn't proper (too many shadows)
    the colors are bland ...
    looks like a basic school picture ... no wow factor

    This was for these two sessions:
    http://wildmaven.org/portraits/emily/
    http://wildmaven.org/portraits/julia/
    Yes, you've seen these before, but are they really that bad? This has shaken my confidence so much I can't even tell you how much I just want to chuck this whole business. I know, I know, if I can't take criticism, I shouldn't be in this business in the first place...
     
  2. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    Sounds like someone had some pee in their cornflakes and wanted to take it out on you.

    Shrug it off and keep going.

    After another year, review your shots and compare them to what you are doing them...use that to gauge where you are at.
     
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    oldnavy170 TPF Noob!

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    Well when you just start out thats what it is......starting out! Its not what other people think its about what you think and of course what the customer thinks.

    Like Mike said a year from now you'll look back at your photos and see what can always be better about them. Then again when they are better then you charge more. Thats just how it is about any business.

    You have some great photos and next year you'll have some amazing photos.

    Keep your faith girl!!!!!!!!!
     
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    zendianah TPF Noob!

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    It doesn't matter what anyone thinks of your photos. Is the customer happy? Thats all that matters!! There was one photo that EVERYONE that I showed hated it. But the customer loved it. I even hated the picture. She said it had artistic quality.. I almost puked in my mouth when I heard that. But its her picture and she liked it -- thats all that counts. Would I put it in my portfolio... OH HELL NO.
     
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    oh wildmaven, they are not "that bad" as you say. Yes, we can always improve (look at my post from this week:)), but everyone here is right - you just need to make sure your customer is pleased. Obviously, we strive to get better and better and the criticism helps, but it is more motivating when the criticism isn't rude. You are doing great, and you can't crawl in the hole right now b/c I'm in it. hahaha
     
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    I would also suggest looking at the photos and taking a look at what was posted can you see anything that might be true and that may help you become a better photographer by objectively apply what was posted. Try not to take it personally just use what you can and trash the rest

    best of luck
     
  7. wildmaven

    wildmaven TPF Noob!

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    I thought I was standing on something! :lmao:

    The problem is that I have 6 booked photo shoots this weekend and now my confidence is shot. Not a great way to go into the weekend, eek. :confused:
     
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    I'm not gonna sit here and say your shots were great, they weren't. They're good though. There is nothing there that screams 'awesome', but the most important thing is, there was also nothing there that screams 'bad'. Don't you let your confidence be shot because people bashed on some of your shots, seriously. Let your confidence be driven by what YOU think of your work, and not what everyone else thinks of it! Suck it up and stick with it! Come on now, don't let people throw you down and the ground, and you best damn not let them keep you there!
     
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    wildmaven TPF Noob!

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    I just hate criticism without constructive advice, ya know? That's what got me.

    "the focus isn't sharp at all" - What do you think went wrong?
    "the lighting isn't proper (too many shadows)" - How would you have adjusted the lights?
    "the colors are bland ..." - All of them? How could this be improved?
    "looks like a basic school picture" - This tells me nothing!
     
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    Beauty is in the eye of the buyer.
     
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    Ditto on PP. And big hugs to you...

    Just keep on shooting girl! Maybe look at your work with an objective eye. I imagine sometimes with a so-so image that the client says its crap and wont tell me what's wrong with it. Then I have to think harder and I maybe only saw the sweet kids smile or something else special, but in reality it may lack some sharpness (too much coffee!) or the outfit I gave thumbs up on is just aweful in the photos.

    Just keep up your sessions, take your time, breathe and if they'll pose for
    you, it will give you a little more time to compose better and get up close to take a manual reading, ect. Sometimes we just get in the zone and it clouds the fine details that we know we can capture, but just didnt for some reason. Cheer up. Happy Shooting!!
     
  12. Garbz

    Garbz No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Criticism without constructive advice is like a book without... ok forgot where I was going. Either way there's a method to receiving critique. a) if the critique is constructive look at if it is relevant at all since it may not be, b) if it's very negative ask yourself can this person do better and do you even like their photos? They may hate yours because you think theirs are **** and thus look nothing alike ... uah hopefully. c) if it's a professional photographer who you really admire who told you that it's rubbish crawl back in the hole. d) and if it isn't constructive like the above comment ignore it and assume the poster is talking out of their ass.

    Actually that reminds me there was some rude prick on this forum but I haven't seen him in ages.
     

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