« on: November 25, 2013, 11:48:47 PM »
Who said that all we care about is gear:
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Photographers have a rather high opinion of themselves. They are probably the least earners in terms of industrial average and have rather substantial investments in their assets, but take offense when somebody gives credit to their gear.
If you are a painter, you could argue that it is your talent and skill that contribute most to the product you are developing. After all, having good quality canvas or paint alone is not going to translate into good painting. But a good quality lens and a good quality camera will give a good quality photo UNLESS the operator sucks. Of course, great photographers can get great results with great cameras, but the skill and talent necessary for great photos is not as great as photographers would like to believe. No offense, but we are in this rumor site where we talk nothing but gear -- so, gear does matter quite a bit in photography.
So, when somebody compliments your gear, just smile and reply back, "Thank you, without this expensive gear, my photo would look shitty just like coming from your iphone." That is the truth.
As a seventeen year old with a 5D mkii, my biggest pet peeve is that everyone always says, "oh your parents bought you a nice camera" and things like that. No, I payed for it, I actually sell prints, shoot weddings, do ad work and photograph for local magazines. I have literally over a million hits on several of my photos and have been featured on petapixel.
My pet peeve at the moment is the use of the word 'photographer'....
The only comment I really dislike is actually meant as a compliment - someone or some group will see me wandering through a park etc. with a FF Canon and biggish lens of some sort, say something like "you must be a good photographer; could you take my/our photo?" and hand me a smartphone or point-and-shoot which I haven't a clue how to use, which makes me feel like an idiot; the resulting photo is probably dreadful, but luckily I don't get to see it....
If you could take equally as good pictures with a cheaper camera, why wouldn't you use it?
Doesn't the "it's the photographer" argument discredit the talented engineers who made the camera? It's certainly easier to use than it was to engineer. I certainly can't take the some photos with my iPhone I can with my 5D and 70-200; if you can, why don't you?
Honest question. I don't get why a well made lens with half dozen machine ground lenses of a particular shape and in one configuration can cost 10-20x what another well made lens with a half dozen machine ground lenses of a similar shape and configuration? How can the shape of a lens element or the coating cost so much more to produce? What is special about this lens that Canon, Nikon or Sigma could not reverse engineer (i.e. lens shape) and produce for $400?
What makes you think they are machine ground? Sure, the initial blank is machine ground, but I really expect that its finished by hand. The technicians that can do this are very few, and can only finish a few lens elements a day. That's why they are hard to find and expensive. The high end Canon lenses are also hand finished. The tolerances are so tight that the lens cannot be measured directly, and uses indirect measurement to get those few millionths of a inch tolerances.
Shot my very first prenup of a Muslim couple. It's a different experience with a lot of conservatism. Bad weather forced us to shot indoors but in the end, the couple are quite happy on how it turned out given the limitations. I've edited this using Lightroom. The second one used 2 off-camera speedlights. Vignetting is added through LR.
I really like this image. I hope you don't mind but I did a little rework.
I'm not sure what he meant by "relay mode". To my understanding you can trigger the camera shutter and flash at the same time via a third transceiver?? Yes?
Well, OK but I'm pretty sure my $20 YN-603C triggers can do that too! (actually I know they can because I used it in a shoot recently). And that's twenty bucks a pair! (Trigger cable is included in the box too).
what's your time worth?
if I'm having fun... I'd say 30 bucks an hour while on site is more than reasonable.
it isn't like you are going to have orders upon others flood in.
if there were subsequent order, I'd say less for the sitting.
Either do it for free or charge market price. 30/hr is a little insulting. My friend went to JC penny for family picture and he paid something like $60-80. He lives in NY. I'm not saying you should charge this amount. This is just to give you a perspective.