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#205 Guidelines For The Sdp Community

Posted by Chad Bailey on 31 August 2013 - 09:46 PM

Tony, I just wanted to take a moment to say I truly thank you for all that you've done to pour into this book and community. When I bought the book, I had no idea that I would be getting so much more than a book.

 

I really appreciate the forums, this is a far better and more organized method for photography discussion.


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#5239 Before Sdp/after Sdp

Posted by Billy on 03 December 2013 - 03:34 PM

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#5338 Before Sdp/after Sdp

Posted by Tracy Waitkus on 06 December 2013 - 03:26 PM

Great topic!  Here are my before and afters.....

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#5271 Before Sdp/after Sdp

Posted by Janice Rainey Poole on 04 December 2013 - 10:04 PM

Christmas pics of the grandkids before SDP and after SDP!!  Quite a difference.  119.JPG DSC04351-2.jpg

 

I definitely have learned a lot about lighting and flash!


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#1213 Family Pets

Posted by Neil Johnson on 06 September 2013 - 02:56 PM

I didnt spot this thread until just... to balance the dogs, here is my cat Gypsy!

 

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#5231 Before Sdp/after Sdp

Posted by Automate007 on 03 December 2013 - 05:52 AM

OK I went back as far as 2005 to find something that I feel now was full of mistakes and an all round horrible shot (at the time we were all Ooooh Aaaah what a great effect!!!) Was taken on a volcanic Island called Stroboli off the coast of Sicily (Italy) the place was A M A Z I N G and if I could go back with my current gear and the learning from the book I'd really get some great sellable wall hanging stuff! Shot with a finepix S5000 with a cheap screwon fisheye adapter 

 

The newer one is simply of the cupcake my wife made last week sitting on the kitchen counter.... I walked past it and thought Hmmmm this is too pretty to just eat so I took a picture and then dug into it!

 

SDP has changed the way I look at things now!

BAD EXAMPLE
GOOD EXAMPLE

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#5227 Before Sdp/after Sdp

Posted by Joe Baker on 02 December 2013 - 11:51 PM

I had no idea...

What is that black bar across her body?
 
 
And now:
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#233 Guidelines For The Sdp Community

Posted by Luke Belik on 01 September 2013 - 03:17 AM

Tony, I just wanted to take a moment to say I truly thank you for all that you've done to pour into this book and community. When I bought the book, I had no idea that I would be getting so much more than a book.

 

I really appreciate the forums, this is a far better and more organized method for photography discussion.

 

I would second Chad's sentiments! I would happily pay ten times the price of the book just for the support I've had on the facebook site and am extremely excited by this new forum. I've seen my photography go from completely noobish to where I really feel like I'm getting somewhere and this is in no small part, I believe, to the friendly and constructive criticism I have received by being a part of this community! 


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#6065 Before Sdp/after Sdp

Posted by Ray Iaea on 16 January 2014 - 07:25 PM

Before SDP a finch hanging on feeder.

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 After SDP a perched and trained finch.
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#5223 Before Sdp/after Sdp

Posted by Paul Crane on 02 December 2013 - 06:46 PM

Some improvement! ;)

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#5206 Before Sdp/after Sdp

Posted by SuzanneR on 02 December 2013 - 02:59 AM

Wanted to keep the images similar (e.g. both are of birds). The hummingbirds pic, taken a couple years ago, is the "before"...the goose is the "after", taken last month.  I shudder looking at that hummingbird photo, so many things wrong with it!!!!  Since reading SDP, I've learned quite a lot more about focusing, using "good light" (in particular, shooting during the golden hour), metering/exposure, etc.  One of the most important things I have learned, and hardest to remember, is to PLAN THE SHOT, when ever possible.

 

Still have a way to go but definitely pleased with the direction things are going!

 

*update 10/16/14 - portrait of sharp-shinned hawk.*

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#2959 Sdp V Other Forums

Posted by David Thorman on 27 September 2013 - 11:21 AM

I have just been googling a few questions that I have found the answer to.  On my journey I looked at a few forums, were people had asked similar questions, on those forums the answer to the question was "READ THE MANUAL FROM FRONT TO BACK AND PRACTICE. "... how helpful, I bet they don't go back for further advice, if at all.

That's one of the best things about SDP every one on here is willing to help there is a lot still for me to learn about photography, but I would help any one with an answer if I had it.

When I first came on this forum, there were discussions about not replying with the read the manual or go google, and didn't realise how often that happens on other forums. 

So what's the point of this post,,,,,, just to say thanks to Tony and Chelsea for having the brains to set up this site, the book, the FB page and building a community that is able and willing to share.

 

Cheers Guys


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#168 Which Lens Should I Buy?

Posted by Hung Nguyen on 31 August 2013 - 07:30 PM

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Here an example of the Tamron SP 70-200 VC Di, Canon mount. I think it is awesome alternative if you don't have the type of budget for that red ring.


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#1338 Photography Business - New Forum

Posted by Alyson Brimecombe on 08 September 2013 - 08:18 AM

So... I have been full time into photography now for 1 year. I can respond to a few of those points from my perspective only....

So. I'm not going to do a session for $150. I'm worth more than that, and my time is worth more than that, and I value myself more than that. If I shoot for 1 hour, edit for 3 hours, and give 40 images to the client, lets say, I earn $3.75 per image. I'd rather work at McDonalds! But we price where we think we are in our journey. 

I'm still very cheap, and my unbreakable.family.bond session is $600 for 10 images. I just put my price up. I still get bookings. 

I've just restructured my pricing. 

I personally don't believe an @gmail.com or @hotmail.com email address looks very professional at all - and that's not really the image I want to project to my clients. So I have my own domain, my own email address that spins off from that. 

I have a stationery 'set'. So everything looks similar, and as for branding, is recognisable. Business Cards, 'Studio Credit' [gift cards], Letterhead, email signature, etc. 

Start yourself off exactly how you want to project. I want to project a level of professionalism, and that needs to be reflected in ALL of my marketing tools - website, email, business cards, brochures, etc. 

I am not the cheapest and I am not the most expensive. I'm happy where I'm sitting but I also don't want people to think I'm the Ford, or the Porsche. I want to be the Lexus. 

Public Liability Insurance is a must. As much as I love my clients, I love my family more, and my client's safety more, and I would rather have PLI backing me and them up as opposed to something potentially happening and I go bankrupt, lose my house, and other assets. It's just not worth the risk for a few dollars a month. Plus, I shoot a lot of public property as well as my Boutique Portrait Studio, and also on private property, and there's no way I would be allowed to shoot on private property or get permission from the owners to shoot on their private property without PLI - they'd tell me to go away - and it's illegal to make money on public or council owned land without PLI - they can fine you. Again, not worth the risk. 

A lot of people make the mistake of thinking that a photography business is based on photography - it's not. It's 10% clicking that shutter, and 90% being a good business person. 


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#119 Guidelines For The Sdp Community

Posted by Richard Grueber on 31 August 2013 - 05:20 PM

I started www.coffeesnobs.com.au (I have nothing to do with it any more) as an admin trying to create a friendly place to ask Q's, it use to frost my buns when a Noob came on line and asked a question that had been asked many times before and the reply was "Just google it" in general the new member doesn't come back...

 

There will be loads of people who sign up and ask "What Camera do I buy or are Nikon/Canon/Sony or X model any good?" and if we engaged them they will more than likely stay.....


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#1123 A Couple Of My Hdr Shots.

Posted by Shaun Stanich on 05 September 2013 - 11:05 PM

Here are a couple of my car photos that I have done in HDR.

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#10778 My First Osprey

Posted by JestePhotography on 07 September 2014 - 09:20 AM

Third in the series. As you can see I had very fast changing lighting conditions!

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#5445 Backstage At A Ballet

Posted by Tracy Waitkus on 11 December 2013 - 10:30 PM

Last Friday I had the opportunity to take some behind-the-scenes photos at a ballet.  Here are some of my favorite shots from the dressing room, the wings, and before the curtain.  I took all of these with my Nikon D5100 and 35mm 1.8 prime lens.  I set the ISO to 1000 since it is very dark backstage and in the wings.  Feedback, comments, and suggestions are welcome  :)

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#5229 Before Sdp/after Sdp

Posted by Maurie on 03 December 2013 - 01:37 AM

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Here's mine, My Wife and Son, MY Son's Son


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#19910 Holy Crap I'm A Finalist!

Posted by JestePhotography on 18 March 2015 - 01:53 PM

http://www.viewbug.c...ntest-finalists

My shot is the close up of a firework!
I have won a few challenges there, and I've been awarded on a few images like "curators choice" and "best in store" etc and have placed in the top 10% on many contests but this is the first time I have been a finalist!!

" doing a little happy dance!"
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