Racecar Driver Portrait Session

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  1. keith204

    keith204 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    This is the first driver portrait session thus far. I have many hookups, and can likely get more of these sessions in the future. Please tell me things you like as well as things you'd do different in the future!

    1) Simple shot of the car
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    2) Day 2 of owning a lensbaby 2.0 :)
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    3) The only shot where Chris smiled...turned out well.
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    4) I told him to pose like that, and the other people gave him the towel...that will be a tough Photoshop job.
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    5) A 100% crop of this one is unbelievably sharp, and was taken with my cheapest lens...the amazing 50mm f/1.8
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    6) last...least? you decide.
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    I am a beginner, and am not sure how to deal with people during a photo shoot. This time, they basically had a family reunion...all kinds of people there to witness the experience...pretty weird, but it was super fun.
     
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    yardism TPF Noob!

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    I like #5 the best. Even without seeing his eyes, I get a sense of his personality.
     
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    #5 and #6 for me. Good job with these!
     
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    kundalini Been spending a lot of time on here!

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    You know what would have been really cool with #5? Have a another car streaking pass in the reflection of his shades.
     
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    I really like these!

    Number three only opens half way so I can only see the top half!

    Number 4 is really cool... I wonder what it would look like with a different crop - taking more off the top so that the car is in the top 1/3?

    Anelle
     
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    i think #5 is my fav and i love the nice reflection in the lenses but it would have been top notch if there was another race car reflected in his lenses.
     
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    6 is the best. I would have had the car up just a wee bit closer. Nicely done!
     
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    keith204 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    :)

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    thats great!!! love this one.
     
  10. keith204

    keith204 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Thanks TPF.

    Now, what would you charge for a session like this? There were about 80 photos in this shoot. I charged $300 and am just giving them the RAW and JPEG files. Is this too expensive? Too cheap?
     
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    Keith, I think one needs to decide what market you are going for! I will never, ever give out my RAW files (but that is just me). As for selling digital prints: every photographer must make that decision for him or herself. I don't like doing that because I prefer having control over the print quality of photos that have my name attached to them. However I will consider selling a digital CD at a very handsome price to clients once they have ordered for a certain amount. I do however give a CD with web quality files to my customers for use on their blogs etc. These all have my name displayed in the corner!

    Did you edit all 80 shots? How long did it take you? How long was the session? Did you charge a session fee?

    If you edited the 80 shots you are making about $3.75 a shot... that is very little for the time that goes into shooting and editing...

    Work out how much you earned an hour (including the session, the edits, saving the files, copying to disk etc.) Then decide if you would do any other job for that wage...

    A lot of photographers start out undercharging and then they either realize that and recalculate their prices or else they go under...

    Just my 2c worth.

    Anelle
     
  12. keith204

    keith204 No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Thanks for the excellent response. I'm getting the idea I charged too little. That would be great if I am, because that gives me room to make more. Here are some facts/answers.

    • I am not confident in the quality of my work...because I keep looking at the pictures, and keep thinking of what I would have done different next time. Maybe I'm over analyzing?
    • Hours Spent: So far, I've spent about 4 hours on this project, including the shoot, and editing.
    • Editing: I took about 150 shots, and went through and found 80 keepers. Maybe I should narrow this down even more. But, about 20 of those pics are group shots of family by the car. ALL of the 80, I checked levels, and adjusted if needed. Only 10 or so, I did something simple, like with coloring, and in only 1, I did something big (the reflection in sunglasses). Maybe I should heavily edit more? Come up with some really creative things, and really have some cool edited copies? I'm always hesitant about too much editing, and like to do most of my work before the sensor. I'm fluent in Photoshop, so maybe I should utilize that.
    • RAW - I didn't tell them they'd get raw files, so maybe I should just ship the JPEGs...
    • Undercharging/Overcharging: Currently, I am a full time university student. I make $11 an hour at my part-time job doing some programming. So, making $50 an hour taking pictures, is definitely worth it! However, I also am getting busy, so I need to be managing my prices effectively, so I make the most out of each job, without overcharging.
    • What market? So far, this was probably my favorite photo opportunity. Currently, driver portrait photography in the area simply doesn't exist. I don't know ANY drivers who have portraits like this...yet there are 8 race tracks in a 30 mile radius. Surely I can gain more clients, if I manage this right...but how?
    Anyway, if you could respond to some of these thoughts, that'd be super! Thanks again for the response.
     

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