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The "look" being acheived in those engagement shots has a lot more to do with the quality of light and lens choice. You cant "post produce" quality of light.

Dylan is correct that VSCO film packs were likely used to get the tinting. Applying those filters to shots that dont have good light quality wont replicate what you see in those engagement photos though.

Light, light, light and then light again. Thats the key. Then lens, exposure, composition, subject, emotion etc etc...post production is the very last thing...by a huge margin...that you should be thinking about to "replicate" the look of those photos.

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Maybe some of the pro photographers can enlighten us.

my best month to date was just shy of 12,000.00. my minimum goal per week is 1000.00. i meet that goal more often than not, sometimes exceeding it greatly. year over year, i have had on average about a 15% increase in revenue for the last 4 or 5 years.

i do work that can range from 25.00 an hour to 100.00 an hour and from 150.00 flat rate to over 1000.00 day rate. it varies greatly.

i work with another photographer who exceeds 100k easily. another photographer i know is salaried at at least 80k. a very successful and talented wedding photographer i work with generally hits around 80k per year.

in the last 4 years i have personally known 3 photographers whose once successful businesses completely crashed.

many full time photography positions i see (typically studio ecommerce) pay anywhere from 12.50 an hour to 20.00 an hour.

there is still good work out there if you network to find it. its not quite what it once was for as many people and there seems to be more people in the mix now but i have seen plenty of situations that don't reflect the numbers in the original post.

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EOS Bodies / Re: popup-flash - made a "pro feature"?
« on: August 13, 2014, 09:55:38 PM »
It's still the worst place for light to come from regardless if its the primary light source or fill.

If that were true, no one would use ring lights.  But they do.

when a ring light is used the light is coming from top, bottom, right and left of the lens position creating a unique look entirely different than the look from a pop up flash. you cant be serious with that post...

Architects same as the Great Chef , who can use the Chicken's S___ to make a great Chicken Salads"---Yes, Some time Useless Pop-up flash can be the Life saving Photos for the photographers like us,  if we know how to use them.
Enjoy
Surapon

PS, All Photos are no Post processing , except reduce the size to fit below 1 MB.

with all due deference to your ingenuity surapon, the quality of light from your fill flash is still poor. you can season chicken S___ as much as you like....its still chicken S___ that you are eating.

regardless of how you spin it, quality of light has a great deal with the direction it is coming from. directly over the lens is about the least desirable position for light to come from. size, intensity and ability to shape your light source also contribute to quality of light and pop up flash fails to achieve any merit in any of these criteria.

photography quite literally translates to "writing with light". understanding quality of light and how to manipulate it is paramount for professional photography. a pop up flash is so far on the other side of desirable that its hard to put into words. put it this way...once one is introduced to lighting, lesson #1 is get the light off the camera.

sry, i just can't fathom anyone that is remotely serious about lighting defending a pop up flash on a professional level body.

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EOS Bodies / Re: popup-flash - made a "pro feature"?
« on: August 13, 2014, 01:54:57 PM »
Direct light coming off the camera is horrendous.
I honestly can't think of a useful way to use a pop-up flash (other than blinding people in dark rooms so that you can run away).

Fill flash?

It's still the worst place for light to come from regardless if its the primary light source or fill. In every conceivable circumstance i would want my fill coming from off camera..even if its slightly off axis.

To me pop up flash doesnt belong on the pro bodies simply because of the location in which the light is coming from (directly above lens). The optical master argument is a thin one, every flash is an optical master (which is the problem with optical triggering...you cant prevent other sources from triggering your strobes).

Would having a pop up flash on the 5d or 1dx bother me even if I never used it? Yes. Those things inevitably and stupidly seem to end up popping up on their own causing distraction and getting in the way.

Count me firmly in the camp of pop up flash hater.

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Site Information / Re: Small or Large Thumbnails - Poll
« on: August 13, 2014, 07:34:57 AM »
I'm fine with the large thumbnails but I think max 3 images per post is more than enough. 6 is too much and 10 is completely unnecessary. If you have that many images you want to show, post a link to your flicker page or website.

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Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Who owns the photo?
« on: August 11, 2014, 06:13:40 PM »
So i just went back and read the ex if data that tolusina provided on the first page.

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DateTime - 2013:11:01 13:55:43
Artist - David J Slater
Copyright - Caters News Agency Ltd

It appears Caters News Agency owns the copyright. After considering this further, the biggest question looming is how did Wikipedia come to acquire the image?  Did the news agency release it? (Doubtful) or is it more likely that Wikipedia "lifted" the image off the internet?

Based on the exif data, mr Slater has no claim. Caters News Agency on the other hand does...if they even care to take action, which I doubt they do.

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Lighting / Re: HSS with Einsteins win!
« on: August 10, 2014, 12:13:20 PM »
Can you post some shots? I'm very curious about achieving hss with studio strobes.

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Business of Photography/Videography / Re: Who owns the photo?
« on: August 07, 2014, 02:45:34 PM »
Great summary tolusina! This is my understanding of intellectual property as well. Its shameful what wikigreedia is trying to argue in this case.

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Site Information / Re: Critiques
« on: August 06, 2014, 12:44:14 AM »
A critique to me is an opportunity to tell me what I missed, did wrong, or could do better. It's the probably the best way to improve and grow IMO. What is gained by meaningless affirmation and empty back slapping? Nothing...

There were always two things i hated in critiques. One, if poeple said "i like it" or two, if poeple said nothing at all. Unfortunately I agree with PBD. I think there are too many big and fragile egos on this site to handle an honest critique session and it would most likely devolve into simple affirmations.

But heck...if you desire a critique, throw an image up and see what happens!

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Lighting / Re: Studio lighting advice for a newbie
« on: August 05, 2014, 10:56:02 AM »
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Do you really use a light meter that much these days?

if you are particular about lighting ratios then yes. a histogram doesn't tell you what your ratios are, just overall exposure. if you have a 3-5 light scenario where you really want to control values of each light then a light meter becomes tremendously helpful.

for the OPs purpose i don't think its necessary. you can learn the principles of lighting without a light meter. when one is ready to progress into more complicated scenarios requiring fine tune control then a meter becomes more essential.

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Landscape / Re: my steam locomotive/railroad/trains photography
« on: July 23, 2014, 12:03:42 PM »
took a very brief peek. the black and white shots remind me of O Winston Links work. if you are not familiar with him....check him out. he was the definitive locomotive photographer!


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Software & Accessories / Re: laptop for tethered shooting?
« on: July 20, 2014, 10:42:43 AM »
something makes me think that you guys are missing the point with DSLR controller. usually the point of shooting tethered is to 1. have a large screen to preview images and 2. have a hard drive that the images can be stored on immediately outside of the CF card. DSLR Controller doesn't solve those issues.

to the OP, unfortunately i am only familiar with apple products so i cant really help you with windows options. sry about the loss...i freaking hate thieves!

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Lenses / Re: I'm looking at rentig/buying a new lens for weddings
« on: July 07, 2014, 12:47:29 PM »
For really dark venues the 50mm 1.2L and the 100mm 2.8L can be slow to focus. Both lenses come into play for me during weddings but generally only for smaller portions of the day.

The 35mm 1.4L is handy to me throughout the entire day however. From getting ready, ceremony, portrait session, and reception this lens is usually attached to one of my bodies. The 70-200mm also is a goto wedding lens.

I am curious about the 135mm 2.0L, I have heard it is a stellar performer with focussing speed among other things.

I will add that the 100mm L has proven to be a much more versatile lens than I had anticipated outside the purpose I got it for (macro wedding details). I use it almost exclusively for product shots and it has been my "scanning" lens. It hasn't replaced my 70-200 as my goto portrait lens though so I can't speak to that.

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Software & Accessories / Re: Apple to Cease work on Aperture
« on: June 29, 2014, 12:46:42 PM »
This doesn't surprise me at all though I understand current users trepidation over the immediate future of their workflow.

When aperture was first released, I thought it was a viable alternative to LR and other programs out there. LR soon left aperture in the dust however and I remember cautioning my students against using aperture. My most pressing concern at the time was a non photo company developing a photo orientated software. I didn't trust that Apple would develop it appropriately to suit the needs of professionals (and though they did an admirable job for a period of time, ultimately they came up short of the competition).

With Adobe's shift towards the subscription model, I have lost faith in them being my primary software solution and am looking into other options to sustain my workflow in the future. CaptureOne has impressed me so far though I have primarily only used it for tethered capture of commercial product shoots. I'm not sure how it would handle an import and edit of 4000 wedding shots. It seems all the tools are there to handle it well though.

From what I have noticed so far, there are some ups and downs with Capture One. Pluses are an extensive and powerful set of editing tools, a smart method of quickly batching edits of multiple images, and pretty good file management. Minuses are it's not a very intuitive program (I find LR to be pretty much plug in and play while CO takes a learning curve), it can be quite buggy with freezing and crashing when you do something it doesn't like (ie tethered camera powers down or manually changing folder structure outside of CO).

For now I would probably still recommend LR to current aperture users as the transition would probably be more comfortable. I am growing more comfortable with endorsing CO but I think it is definitely geared towards the serious pro and thus may turn off some users with its less than intuitive UI.

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Portrait / Re: Bikini on the beach
« on: June 06, 2014, 12:38:19 AM »
i think this is one of the creepiest "genres" of photography. taking pictures of random women in bikinis without their knowledge? really? creepy...

sorry but i had to say it.

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