At first it was the 50L, then got it Now, it's the Canon 200mm f/2, but I'm a million miles away from it
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I'm absolutely in love with the 5D3/50L combo! I shot a couple live bands in very low light @ ISO 6400 and was pretty damn pleased with the results. Check them out here if you all would like! http://jvillaphoto.com/live_concert/ I have a few more but only added my favorite few
Shooting teenage bands that jump all over the stage in low light @ f/1.2 was a pain, but the results are awesome when you get a decent shot!
Nice shots JVilla, I guess if you are going to shoot F1.2 with action subjects you better be ready to throw 80% or more away lol. Still its worth those that turn out like what you got.
Two guys buy the same expensive Canon DSLR on the same day. One is a casual user who takes some family photos and also a few vacation shots. His camera mostly just sits in his closet. The other guy is a pro who runs a booming wedding photography business. One year later, they both want to sell to upgrade to the latest model that just came out. The first guy's shutter count is 2000 and the second guys count is 300,000. Neither is aware of the number because they didn't check.
Are both cameras equal in value? Should a potential buyer be able to know this? If they were both offered at the same price, I think I would buy the first guy's camera, all else being equal.
Ignorance is bliss.
Knowledge is power
Just my humble opinion.
I received my wing light today. They're are a few things I will have to tweak on it but otherwise its the best direct flash I've ever seen.
Will post later when I get some time behind it.
Currently 21 years old and barely started to try to throw my name out there by any means. Spent over 10k on equiptment thus far (student loans). Shot a couple TV actors, one wedding, and a few musicians which has brought me SOME money. Living off student loans at the moment, so any money earned off shooting is like a luxury.
Yes, I go to photo school too. If I mess up really bad, I'm screwed ! But still giving 110%; handing out flyers tomorrow and have some Model Mayhem models lined up to get some decent portfolio work. After portfolio is solid, internship hunting!
In other words.... Ten-ish years to go!
Any pros out there, Advice would be wonderful, but the good kind.. No, "just give up and study accounting", because I'm not the quitting type
My advice is that the moment or soon after your pictures are worth every penny and more that you ask from your future clients you have work. It won't be ten-ish years if your 1. Believe in your self, 2. Have talent, 3. Develope that talent. I started photography about 5 years ago and i have been pro for 2 years now.
I often recieve job applications from photogs and i have not been happy with any of their photos, although they have been to photography schools and i haven't. I am still a "fresh/young" photographer but i am constantly improving.
Last thing: don't quit. (Like you said) Nothing will happen unless you make it happen.
@JVillaPhotoQuoteAny pros out there, Advice would be wonderful, but the good kind.. No, "just give up and study accounting", because I'm not the quitting type
Be prepared to stay late.
If you don't know, say so.
If you don't know, not only say so, but make it your mission to find out for next time.
Use as much gear as you can. Hire. Borrow.
There are some great books written 30 years ago. Apertures and shutters are still the same. Read. Your manual. Magazines. Books. Forums.
Don't believe everything you read.
Research. Location? Get on Google Earth. Google Streetview. Use The Photographers Ephemeris. Where will the sun be? When? How high in the sky? Get on flickr. See how other folk have tackled it, work out how you are going to tackle it.
Plan plan plan. Don't carry every bit of kit you own. Know what you'll need. No more, no less. Except for batteries and memory. How much will you need? Take double.
Make sure every job has a benefit for you. Sometimes this is only money. Sometimes it will be a notable face that will enhance your portfolio. Sometimes it will be a tricky situation or technical set up. Sometimes it will be all three.
Charge a rate. ALWAYS charge a rate. ALWAYS charge a rate. Be it mates rates for mates. Be it charity rates for charities. Be it the union rate. Always charge for your time, that way it's worth something to your client. People don't properly attribute value or worth to folk doing freebies. As soon as you are charging then folk will take your calls, will be there when they say they will, will go in with a plan.
This last point is the last single most important lesson somebody new to creative work can learn. Your time is worth something. Make the material good and they'll come back. You want repeat work. Do it free or cheap the first time and you've set your rate for the relationship.