Just need some beginners advice

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  1. seesaw

    seesaw TPF Noob!

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    I really enjoy photography and would love to someday be able to do portraits, especially children and families. I guess I don't know when I am good enough to start marketing myself. I think I do a good job, and I'm not embarrassed to show it off, but I wonder if I should be! Also, I don't have an SLR, so I'm limited there, but I feel comfortable with editting programs. Here's just a couple of pics. Is it too obvious that I'm just an amateur with a step above a point and shoot :) ? I am also in a very small town with only one other photographer, so I'm sure my definition of "good" may be below average!
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    3. Thank the Oklahoma wind for that hair in her face![​IMG]

    So I welcome your thoughts on when you first decided to make the step from leisure photographer to someone who gets money. Thanks!
     
  2. usayit

    usayit No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Small town with only one other photographer. Sheesh... you are lucky... I'd jump on that opportunity quickly and become the second photographer in town.

    I think you have a good start... start putting together a portfolio to show. Whether or not we like your photography, what really matters is the clients who hire you.

    Btw... child photography is as much as a learning techniques to help bring out the smiles and good looks of an infant as much as it is techniques in photography.

    #1 seems a bit sad or expressionless...
    #3 is better but crop the stuff in the lower left. A little too much hair in the face. It covers the girls good smile.
    #2 I like.
     
  3. Mike_E

    Mike_E No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Can you cook? Approach photography like a new dish- get some books, follow the directions until you can do what they say and then spice it up to suit yourself. :)

    mike
     
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    Amper TPF Noob!

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    Hiya, also new ^_^
    I like the second best, but the other two aren't bad imho. As for being an amateur, I've seen many "Pro's" that seem as amateur as you and I, to me at any rate. I'd love to go Pro, but can't afford the classes or equiptment, even so I refuse to stop shooting ^_^. As there is only one other photog in town you may get lucky if you market yourself well. If you can build a nice portfolio and make some $ you could put it toward purchasing beter equiptment. Try starting with some random shooting and TFP shoots to build said portfolio and don't let anyone tell you it's a waste of time. Best of luck to you on your journey ^___^
     
  5. seesaw

    seesaw TPF Noob!

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    Thanks everyone! I appreciate the encouraging remarks. Now to show just how new I am here- what does TFP stand for?
     
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    Time For Prints. Basically they give you their time by modeling for you and in exchange you give them prints of the photos you took or print quality image files. It's something I learned from photographer Sandy Ramirez on Live Journal.
     
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    Your exposures look good. Now just nail composition and you will be cooking with gas. Try not to just centre everything
     

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