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Old 01-17-2013, 11:19 AM   #2151
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when i shoot racing which is probably 75% of my work, i shoot jpeg only. Very minimal editing is done to 99% of my racing shots. Clients want photos either during a racing or within hours of a completed race, so my edits are 5min or less typically. but when i do portraits or individual auto photoshoots i shoot RAW+Jpeg so i have both that i can refer to when doing my edits.
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:47 AM   #2152
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I love you portrait work Red! I was checking out your website yesterday and it looks great!
Ah-ha! So you're my visitor!
I wish I did more of it, but I am perhaps the world's worst marketer/promoter.
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Old 01-17-2013, 11:53 AM   #2153
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That was me! I love doing portrait work the most and I love your stuff so I had to search to see if you had a page. I need you to look at my stuff and give me some advice!
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Old 01-17-2013, 01:33 PM   #2154
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@Red. Thanks for the tips!

im excited to go out and shoot some more. will post up once i do. thanks everyone!
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Old 01-17-2013, 02:56 PM   #2155
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Doing self portraits is one of the things that keeps me sane in my work, definitely allows me to try new things for when actual clients want them. This also got favorited by Adidas Basketball on Twitter so that made me a little happy haha


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Old 01-17-2013, 03:08 PM   #2156
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Good Concept! Exposure is getting hot on your left shoulder. My eye goes straight to it. Just constructive criticism don't take it personal.
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Old 01-17-2013, 03:18 PM   #2157
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Since we are on a Portrait Kick, lets see some more!

Kick em Out!

Motion Test shot:

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****ty Quality cuz I ripped them from My FB page.

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Old 01-17-2013, 04:21 PM   #2158
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I really wish I got into this when I was younger. I could've seen myself doing it as a career.
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:24 PM   #2159
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Doing photography as a career is very difficult since just about anyone these days can take an iphone and make it into art. Thats why most do it as a side gig.
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:28 PM   #2160
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I would just like to make enough to make it a self sustaining hobby at some point but that might be a stretch.
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Old 01-17-2013, 04:37 PM   #2161
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Hate the first one sorry.

The second one a great shot, amazing lighting on the car but something seams off, its almost as the horizon is not level? perhaps some auto leveling to fix the small lean of the image. just my 2 cents, do like the second a lot tho
No worries everyone has their own taste, not every photo I take will be liked by everyone, this photo was an experiment its stacking again of 3 filters combined with 3 strobes.

Theres was actually a drain underneath the car, so the street dipped a little. But I assure you its leveled.


Me too I wish I would have started earlier in life. It's a fun hobby and getting paid to do it at the same time is pretty awesome.
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Old 01-17-2013, 05:11 PM   #2162
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interesting.
According to my Digital Darkroom college professor. I have never really looked into it.
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I shot a picture of one of my kids in RAW and I could not get the white balance to look right, it drove me insane. That kind of discouraged me and I haven't tried it since. I have been getting bored lately so this will be a good time to learn something new. I also might be going to B and H photo in the city this weekend. That could be dangerous....
Do you have lightroom? If so, in "Develop" use the eye-dropper tool, and click on a neutrally grey area in the photo. Lightroom will then adjust the rest of the photos white balance accordingly to match the photo. I would say its pretty close to perfect 9 times out of 10. You just have to know where to click the eye-dropper.
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INKMAN - If you're used to using AWB with JPEG images, then you can still choose the AWB setting with your RAW images. But you also have complete freedom to adjust the WB in post. Where as with JPEG you just pick it and hope it's right.

RAW is much more powerful than JPEG. Sure, you can make great images in JPEG. You can also make great images with an iPhone, lol. If you want the most flexibility in editing, then RAW is the way to go. It reduces degradation due to compression and allows for way more adjustment.

I used to shoot 100% JPEG. I did it for years. Now that I switched I don't shoot anything in JPEG any more besides the occasional sporting event if I'm shooting for print sales and it will be thousands of images and they have to be processed and up in a day. For everything else (cars, products, people, weddings, etc) I use RAW.

Sometimes I make very little RAW adjustments, but sometimes I make a LOT. And shooting RAW in the first place gives you that option. With some shots a JPEG image would be unsalvageable, while a RAW image could be adjusted to look perfect (ie. picked the wrong white balance setting).
This, i will say, other cameras raw files do look a lot better out of the camera than mine, (im shooting a D700). CR2's for example (canon's raw file), in my opinion looks way better than a NEF (nikons raw file) directly out of the camera. But once you add a little in post, then it doesnt matter.
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Old 01-17-2013, 05:41 PM   #2163
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Doing photography as a career is very difficult since just about anyone these days can take an iphone and make it into art. Thats why most do it as a side gig.
I go to school for this stuff, and it's arguably one of the hardest careers to make a living from. I think what hurts this career the most is the average joe schmo's out there that will do jobs for free and produce "good enough" results for the clients. Probably one of the most frustrating things ever experienced. I believe there will always be a market for professional photography, however these days it just seems most people are starting to rely on their friends because they have "one of those big cameras." Find a niche, market the HELL out of yourself, and shootshootshoot.

Anyways, some more portrait and street work

19 by ma|photography, on Flickr


stranger 27 b:w by ma|photography, on Flickr
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:04 PM   #2164
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I go to school for this stuff, and it's arguably one of the hardest careers to make a living from. I think what hurts this career the most is the average joe schmo's out there that will do jobs for free and produce "good enough" results for the clients. Probably one of the most frustrating things ever experienced. I believe there will always be a market for professional photography, however these days it just seems most people are starting to rely on their friends because they have "one of those big cameras." Find a niche, market the HELL out of yourself, and shootshootshoot.
I might be that guy. Sorry. Just kidding. You get what you pay for though and that matters to the right people. I guess it has its ups an downs just like any other business.
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:12 PM   #2165
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King what school are you at?
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Old 01-17-2013, 06:44 PM   #2166
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I will say that its very hard to make a 100 percent living at it. You have to wear alot of different hats. Marketing, Business, Billing, finances and thats even before you pick up a camera. And don't get me started on Small business taxes. The feds want your money.

For me school was great and I got a piece of paper that says I did it. I could do school forever! I love it! I have friends that got masters Degrees from Brooks and other prestigious art schools but they still are behind in some ways from lack of real world experiences. But it comes eventually.

But I learned so much more by working next to great photographers and some no so good ones. Learn how to Light, and how to do the Business of Photography. But its always a learning situation. Whether its software or a new piece of equipment.


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Old 01-17-2013, 07:25 PM   #2167
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Love this thread. I took a photography class this last semester (very basic stuff), and being among the few people who actually attended lectures I really enjoyed it. Didn't get a huge amount of instruction but at the very least it forced me to go into different environments to try my hand at it. I used my pops Canon rebel with a few different lenses, and I miss it already. :/
Anyway here are a few shots that I liked from the class, along with my attempts at photographing my own car. I'd love any sort of input.








I know this one is very different from all other photos in here but I'm sorting through my albums and thought it was a cool shot. Took it back when I used to breed ball pythons.

I haven't had any real experience with photoshop or lightroom or anything before and not having my own DSLR I don't feel the need to make the investment, so any editing was done in iPhoto.

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Old 01-17-2013, 08:13 PM   #2168
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King what school are you at?
Art institute in Pittsburgh. Some of the kids here are just absolute garbage, and others are brilliant. Just depends who you hang around.

I understand this a car forum, but maybe we should start doing some type of contest thing in here, with of course different topics and subjects. Just to see what everyone likes to shoot besides our subi's.
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:16 PM   #2169
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as promised....albeit a day late... a few Before and Afters of what i do. Like i said, not a lot of changes, but just enough to make clients happy and myself.

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Old 01-17-2013, 08:18 PM   #2170
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since we're diverging a bit here from cars into some of the other stuff we shoot . . . .

If no one has figured it out yet, LP, night photography, and long exposure stuff is what makes me tick . . . .

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high lights by Aspiratho, on Flickr[/IMG]

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DSC03980 by Aspiratho, on Flickr[/IMG]

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DSC04507 by Aspiratho, on Flickr[/IMG]


Some people and places . . .

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DSC04599 by Aspiratho, on Flickr[/IMG]

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DSC05736 by Aspiratho, on Flickr[/IMG]

And I'm looking forward to setting up a studio downstairs in the very near future.

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DSC03928 by Aspiratho, on Flickr[/IMG]

Can't wait to have a a studio set-up and all the possibilities that kind of lighting will open up for me. Been saving up for it for ages.

Anyway, back to regularly scheduled content .. . .
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:43 PM   #2171
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I want to go to Japan so bad! It's got to be a photographer's playground there!
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Old 01-17-2013, 08:49 PM   #2172
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makin me want to do some light painting
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:01 PM   #2173
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Yeah, pretty much all of Japan is eye and brain candy - even the trashy parts. I loved it there so much and can't wait to go back. I caught a flight up from Okinawa (where I lived) to Tokyo and backpacked for a month through Tokyo, Kamakura, Kyoto, Lake Biwa, Himeji, Okayama, Hiroshima, then back down to Okinawa from Iwakuni. My daily agenda pretty much consisted of wake up, shower, coffee, walk/hike/ride the train around and take photos for about 8-10 hours, come back to where ever I was staying that night, upload, review, dinner, sleep, repeat. It was pretty effing glorious.
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:17 PM   #2174
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I've never taken a class on photography. I learned it all from the internet. I currently have at least one shoot per week (wedding, product, portrait, or sports), and I don't think I would want any more. If I have more than 2-3 weddings in a month I start to feel burnt out. I don't make anywhere close to a living off of it, and I don't mind that. It's a nice supplemental income for my wife and me. And, yes, we do pay taxes on the business. So far I still enjoy it. I hope it stays that way!
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Old 01-17-2013, 09:17 PM   #2175
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Here are a couple from today. Didn't go how I originally envisioned it and I'm not thrilled with the results, and they seem to look darker on Flickr than they did in LR. Was kind of a meh day all around though. Not to mention, I just about never take photos of my own car.

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DSC04068 by Aspiratho, on Flickr[/IMG]

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DSC04075 by Aspiratho, on Flickr[/IMG]

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DSC04107 by Aspiratho, on Flickr[/IMG]

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DSC04172 by Aspiratho, on Flickr[/IMG]

Also - has this ever happened to any of you: Whenever I would screw on the CPL my shots would come out fuzzy as hell. Take it off, crisp and clear. Back on again, fuzzy. Wtf. I've used both the lens and the CPL before with no problems, although not together before. But why would they disagree, as it were. I've never had this problem before and I'm a little baffled. Any ideas?
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