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Friday, January 29, 2010

On the Photography Business

When is Cheap to Cheap and Expensive to Expensive?
Recent posts about undercutting the business flared up all over the internet. Scott Bourne photographer's post is here.
In a nutshell, know your market as a photographer and as a buyer. I have no problem that some "photographers" take photos for free or cheap because if the buyer/client takes a look at their portfolios and recent works. Then the buyers may realize that they get what they pay for. Most photographers work VERY hard for their shots and post production work. Not counting their investment in the equipment, workshops and years of experience. I think they should be paid better because of their expertise. But I guess the market is big enough for those who want/and can afford to do work for free/cheap and photographers who make a living from photography. To read more about the “Ferrari Salesman” or a “Kia Salesman” market go here.
So When is Cheap to Cheap and Expensive to Expensive? I guess at the end the client gets what he/she paid for.

Saturday, January 23, 2010

Common Mistakes in Photography

Every photographer makes mistakes. But we all get to see their best pictures. That's also something to remind ourselves about. I will keep adding to the list so check back soon.
1. Crooked Horizon
This is the worst mistake I make. Crooked horizon can be easily corrected using the measure tool in Photoshop. These are the BEFORE pictures (these are HDRs but I will talk about them in another post).

And here are the AFTER images. The images were corrected in Photoshop using the ruler tool. This tool is in the dropbox containing the eyedropper tool, I dragged a straight line across the picture and then I selected the image rotation tool from the image menu. The image rotation tool has an "arbitrary" option. If you select this option Photoshop will use the line you put on the picture as a straight horizon. Then click enter and voila, you have a straight horizon. You are ready now to crop the image and save it.

Studio Lighting 2010

I am experimenting with studio lighting. Here are some of my first photos. I used the basic setup- one main strobe.