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Old 04-09-2017   #1
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Default Had a session today...

I deviated from the "norm", instead of charging for the photo session and sell the prints.. I charged a flat fee for the session, they get all the pictures and they send off to NPL for whatever print they want.. another words, they own the pictures.. but by document I own rights to use for promo, etc..

I am just getting back into photography and need to (re)build my portfolio, plus a few extra quick bucks with minimal hassle is a good thing too..

All pictures will be provided in original off the camera, and with several nice color grads applied so they can pick the one they like the bestest (<- its a word, honest!)

Ill post some of the better ones when Im done sorting out...

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Gal is here: Puneet 4-9-2017 - Free online photo gallery at PhotoCamel.com


















4 more samples in next post...
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She is due in 2 weeks with there second child. I also did all the pix to B&W so they can pick what they want... some of the B&W pix are pretty good!



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Here are a few that looked really good in B&W-









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Critique was marked NO, so Im guessing thats why there has been no comments, however comments are welcome. I changed the critique tag to YES.

Thanks for any constructive comments.

The only thing I would like to have done different/better is maybe the use of some fill flash. Other than that I would have *loved* to have had an assistant with a reflector.

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Nice job. I'm not sure about the release you have. I never give up copyright to any of my photos. I do however provide a print release so the person can get their photos printed. Something like this:





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I, __Photographer Name_____, copyright holder of all ______Company Name______ photography, hereby grant permission for ___________________ to make prints or enlargements of any of my photography for personal use from their own CD/DVD.

Posting pictures online is allowed, but must include the company name and link to _____Your/Website_.

It is recommended that you get your enlargements printed through ____Company Name____ for highest quality. Remember to crop the pictures to the specified size before printing through any other printer.

All pictures remain the property of ____Company Name____ for use of advertising and other purposes.

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Thank you, the advise is also appreciated.

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Nice series, I think some cropping is in store for some of the images (the bike, doorway with address, the park shot.
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Nice shots but they would benefit from a little more attention to detail when composing.

#1 you have a pillar directly behind your subject which is distracting. This is a basic compositional error when shooting portraits.

#2 Not sure if you want the girl and the building in shot or were really just shooting the girl. If the former you should move the girl a little higher up the hill or crouch down slightly more, so that the large open area of grass between the girl and the building is reduced. If the latter (you just wanted the girl) I would crop off the top of the image.

#3 and several others. You are shooting in bright sunlight which is seldom good as it results in sharp/dark shadows. When faced with this situation (your clients may only be able available near midday) you should move them into the shade of a tree/wall or else use fill flash to soften the shadows.

#4 When composing an image don't just look at your subject, look around the entire frame. You have part of a bicycle, some unidentifiable metal bits and what looks like some discarded sunglasses all littering the edges of the frame. This makes for a very messy and distracting image. You should have taken the time to move the bike and then got the subjects to take a step to (their) left so that the window frame was no longer in frame.

Also, unless shooting from a low angle generally isn't very flattering. It makes their lower half look larger and the top end (especially head) smaller.

#5 The whole image is tilted and you have chopped the gentleman's right foot off. Again a fairly basic compositional error. You should always check the edge of the frame to ensure you aren't chopping off a hand or foot (or chopping at the knees/elbows).
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^^ Dan hit a home run with those comments.

The photos seem more like snapshots; I think processing could help - but after composition fixes, lighting and glass would help overall image quality.

The last pic - the b&w of the girl is probably the best shot. It's adorable - it might be a little soft, however - cant tell for sure on the monitor I'm using. Unsharp mask would tighten it up a little bit.

If you're providing images right off the camera you will have a lot of pressure to get it right. Selecting images to give the customer can help protect your brand as you control release of only the best, and you can keep the throw-aways out of circulation.


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