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I'm new to doing portraits but was asked recently to submit some examples of head shots done in my rather basic and new home portrait studio.  The potential client liked my work and asked some questions that I don't know how to answer since I've never actually done a corporate head shot gig. I'm hoping some pros out there can give me some guidance as to how these things are normally done. I would do head shots of 18 people at their site, mainly for their website use.

1. How do you the shot, by the hour, or a flat rate, etc? What is a typical fee? I'm in Colorado Springs.

2. Is retouching usually included in a fee?  Do portrait photographers usually do retouching themselves or do they ship the work out to a professional expert retoucher? What does retouching usually cost in $ or time for this type and size of job? I've done some basic skin/hair retouching myself in Lightroom but I'm certainly no expert at it.

3. They want to know if they would get both high and low res images for website use and if they would own the rights to the images. What is typical industry practice?

I appreciate any guidance from experienced pros out there!!!  :)   

Post Processing / Re: Overall "brightness" when printing
« on: September 19, 2014, 10:06:33 PM »
Thanks jrista for the info.  I am fairly new to printing my work also and I struggle a bit with getting my prints to closely match what I see on my monitor.  My Dell monitor is calibrated with a Spyder 4 Pro, I always Softproof in LR and use the appropriate profile with relative intent, and still usually end up disappointed with the output. I'm not sure if there is anything else I can do to get improved results.  I'm using a Canon PRO-100 printer with Canon Semi-Gloss paper (SG-201).  I'm sure my monitor is still too bright even though it was calibrated according to directions.  You mention that brightness should be 80-120mcd but those numbers don't really correlate with my monitor's brightness setting numbers so how can I tell where to properly set my brightness? Would it be maybe 25% of the max brightness setting? Any advice is appreciated.

Photography Technique / Question for Wedding Professionals
« on: January 14, 2014, 05:05:21 PM »
I'm an amateur photographer whose son just recently got married.  I brought my camera (a new 6D) to the wedding and reception and took pictures, carefully trying not to interfere with the professional photographing the events. While I was pleased with many of my photos, my biggest mistake was bringing only one lens, a 50mm f1.4. I woefully lacked sufficient depth of field in several shots (even with flash and ISO 3200) as both venues were dimly lit and the reception venue was extremely tight and crowded. Since I'm mainly an outdoor/nature photographer, I'm curious what you wedding pros consider your best and most reliable lenses to use at events with similar shooting conditions to what I mentioned. Thanks!     

Reviews / Re: Rokinon 14mm f/2.8 Wide Angle Review
« on: December 28, 2013, 07:48:17 PM »
Hey Dustin,
I always enjoy your photographs and your amazing artistry.  My highest compliments!
I basically traded my 10-22mm for the Rokinon 14mm as my kit now includes a 6D.  I have a strong interest now in doing nightscapes/Milky Way.  My initial testing with the Rokinon seems to show a sizable difference in sharpness between f2.8 and f4 so I'm not sure if I have a good copy of the lens or not.  :-\  Apart from that, what are your typical exposure settings for nightscapes? Do you usually shoot wide open at f2.8?  Focusing in the dark also presents a challenge with this lens, at least for me.   

Software & Accessories / Re: Make sense to upgrade to Adobe CS6?
« on: December 26, 2013, 01:19:37 PM »
I should clarify that I currently own a 7D and am very interested in purchasing a newer version of the 7D when Canon releases it, hopefully in 2014.  After that I don't see myself making any major camera purchases for awhile as the 6D/7D mark II combo for landscape/wildlife will be great for me.  If CS6 will support the 7D mark II I will be good to go for a few years and would get my money's worth out of it.

Software & Accessories / Make sense to upgrade to Adobe CS6?
« on: December 26, 2013, 12:59:16 PM »
I currently have CS5 and recently found out that my CS5 version of ACR did not support my new 6D raw files.  So I downloaded the free Adobe DNG Converter 8.3 to use as a workaround step in my workflow.   Now I am wondering if it would make sense to upgrade to CS6 for the additional features it has over CS5.  My biggest concern with that is how long Adobe will continue to support CS6 with updates to ACR.  If Canon comes out with a 7D Mark II in 2014, will CS6 support it or will I be in the same boat as I'm in now with having to do an additional workaround step?  I'm not a big fan of the Adobe CC model and would like to delay going that route as long as possible. I use Windows 7. Does anybody out there know the support plans for CS6 in 2014? 

EOS Bodies / Re: Thinking Out Loud: EOS 7D Mark II Thoughts
« on: December 15, 2013, 11:32:03 PM »
I would be extremely disappointed if Canon doesn't release a new and improved version of the 7D.  I have a 7D mainly for birding and wildlife and now also own a 6D for landscape.  I was really hoping for a 7D Mark II with improved high ISO performance, autofocus, and frame rate.  Come on Canon, don't let us down!   

Third Party Manufacturers / Re: New iPhone: Final Nail in the Coffin
« on: September 10, 2013, 02:47:28 PM »
I just read a recap of the Apple announcement and was wondering the same thing.  DSLRs still have a huge image quality advantage of smartphone cameras but the gap is narrowing quickly for sure.  I was astounded at the quality of my iPhone 5 images on an overseas trip this summer even though they weren't quite in the same league as my Canon.  There were a few times on the trip I was able to take iPhone snapshots with great results instead of hauling out my Canon equipment (sort of liberating).  What I'd like to see in Canon's next DSLR announcements is some of the more innovative features that are showing up in the smartphone cameras like those announced by Apple today.  Come on Canon, get with it!

You guys rock!  Lots of great ideas here!

Beautiful captures Sporgon!  Thanks for sharing.  I can't wait to explore the area!

Thanks PK for your images.  Impressive ruin indeed!

Thanks scarey and bjd.  Especially great to hear about the nesting birds as I very much enjoy birding!

I'll be tagging along with my spouse on a business trip to Whitby, England for a few weeks this summer and would appreciate any input from folks familiar with the area on "can't miss" photographic venues in and around Whitby.  If you have any images you'd like to share, please do!  Thanks in advance.

Lenses / Re: Best lens for capturing the Milky Way?
« on: April 28, 2013, 07:38:33 PM »
The best resource I know of for night photography is David Kingham.  He specializes in night/Milky Way photography and has a lot of great gear information and tutorials on his website.  Definitely worth checking out.

EOS Bodies / Re: EOS 7D Mark II Test Camera [CR1]
« on: March 28, 2013, 02:23:03 PM »
I currently own a 7D and at the top of my wishlist for the 7D Mk II is improved performance in low light and high ISO.  I don't own the fastest lenses Canon has to offer so that improvement alone would be greatly appreciated! 

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