Discussion in 'Beyond the Basics' started by yodudedudeyo, Jul 20, 2006.
another option is to find a photographer who is looking for people to practice senior photos on. I am in the position where I am always looking to shoot people who are willing to take pictures as payment for the modeling. I have posted on Craigslist in the past, but most often find people by word of mouth. Its hardly a waste of money if you get quality photos and a safe, friendly photographer.
My school offered senior pictures. Does yours not? It will be a lot cheaper than buying equipment you'll only use once and the pictrues will be a lot better if taken by a professional with an SLR rather than a 5.1 point and shoot.
I disagree, pictures taken in a setting that is your choice for your senior pictures turns out way better than what the school photographer can offer. Pick something you like, whether it's your sports, or cars, or horses, etc. The pictures offered when my son graduated were awful. $300 I think NOT!!!! So we went out and took pictures in several different locations out side, and they turned out great. And a whole lot less money involved. It's becoming a trend to not go with the traditional cap and gown picture for graduation, and I can see why after seein the sorry quality of the pictures offered and the price tag.
Early morning or late evening photos always show more color and the lightin is unique. I say go for it!!!! With a digital what have you got to loose?
I agree that if you have a digital, there's no harm in trying it on your own. My own senior pictures (through the school) were crap, I didn't even buy them. I would suggest though that you do it early, so if you decide you want a photographer after all, you'll still have time. To save money, I'd do it in an environment setting (you sitting on your car, in front of the soccer goal, whatever it is you like) and use things like white sheets and posterboard for reflectors. For indoor "formal" portraits you might try converting to black & white in PS or gimp to get that classy look without fussing with white balance.
What I did for my senior photo is grabbed a friend that needed his senior photo, a cheap tripod, and my Ricoh SLR at the time and just went to the waterfront in my hometown and just blew up a few rolls. I was pleased with the result of a few of them and did that. Just get out there and have fun with the camera.
You seem to have a pretty good idea so far.
Go somewhere that is special, or you just really like, bring the camera and a reflector (a must!), and your creativity. They should turn out fine.
I think you have a good idea and I hope it works out for you. I agree though that you should do them early in case you do decide you want them professionally done.
I wish I was into photography when I got my senior pictures taken, I would have done the same thing you want to do. In my area, there are only a few photographers and when I got my photos done, I paid almost $500 for them. I suppose the cost was a little higer because where I went is the only digital studio within a crazy distance (can't remember exaclty how far.) As much as I had to pay for them, I am glad I did it, they are something that you will go back to over and over again (at least I do:er I just wish I could have done it myself now.
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