hmm, i guess that kind of makes sense.
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however I'm not sure about this rumor.
This rumor makes it sound like "Canon came and visited us with a new camera that we got to look at and try."
If that is the case, Canon will know exactly who it is (or have a very short list.) If they signed an NDA ... and even if they didn't, I suspect that Canon would look unfavourably on this kind of disclosure - UNLESS it was specifically asked about and agreed to.
Additionally, any professional (working in a studio where Canon visits you is going to mean you're seriously good) is going to know that the colour accuracy of a file when viewed on a laptop screen is highly dependent on the ability of the screen to represent colour itself and without being able to use the images on a calibrated screen, the colours seen on some random laptop mean nothing.
I'd be almost prepared to call this rumor a hoax.
Go grab market share. Coupons, promotions, word of mouth, etc. Get your name out there and have a high quality product and people will come back to you.
Also... market to groups that frequent these types of services... maternity wards, preschools, etc... make lasting relationships with customers so they don't feel like they are just a meat bag with money.
Offer them free Facebook sized prints for upload and sharing. Feed their ego.... having omg, that is the cutest child ever, LIKE, will do more for your business than a print hanging in their living room.
It is unfortunate that when you volunteered your time to shoot for this organization, they were ungrateful and did not recognize the value of your work. Regardless of whether or not it was exactly what they wanted, they should remember that YOU DID IT FOR FREE. Sadly, a paying client will make sure they let you know exactly what they want (or at least their is a much greater chance they will) so that their money is not wasted on you.
Since you did them a favor of shooting for FREE, that is about how much they value your work. I would not waste any more time with someone who does not value your work and is not willing to set you up to succeed in meeting their needs.
As a documentary/commercial photographer with 25 years of doing this, cut your losses and move on. They will never be happy, and you will never get that feeling of a job well done from this group of self-seeking "volunteers."
This same phenomenon happens with paid clients, too. They talk you into giving them a good deal on pricing, and then they start to change the deal and want more, or decide after the shoot (and they've signed off on the work already) that they suddenly aren't happy with what was shot. They plead poverty, ignorance, etc. etc. when you hold them to the signed agreement.
The best thing you can do is take your photos, chalk it up to experience and move on. If they are not happy with them, then certainly they don't plan to use the images... right?? So then you can all happily part ways. You with your photos and them without your photos.
If you want to shoot for non-profits, there are plenty of good ones out there that will appreciate your efforts.
After a string of very positive input from forum members and a VERY positive response from the OP, this post hits a jarring note.
I have not shot any photos for money till date, but if someone whom I shot doesn't like my photos I won't deduce automatically that he/she isn't appreciative of my work. It might be a question of taste, or perspective. It is very important to understand the audience. It is unfortunate that your 25 years experience has made you so cynical.
Diffused is hard to come by outdoors when shooting on my own at this time of day
Having said that, this series is intended to give an impression of the people using the free dog doctor care - and considering an project I had as a template, any shots of mine make the model look way, way too good already :-p
I've also mulled over taking the shot with a small aperture... waiting till the subject is away... turning the focus to manual so it doesn't shift, and the opening the aperture wide... And then placing them in the bokeh filed image with Photoshop.
You would need a tripod of course.
I've thought about this... but I don't think it is an option I can use with my body's firmware.
Shoot two images onewide open and the other at f8 in quick succession... then over lap then in layers in Photoshop and just make the dog in focus...
I think it would look strange at really large print sizes, but at calendar size, it would go unnoticed.
I probably should read the manual, but I don't think any bodies are set up for that type of on the fly automatic adjustment.
My 100L with f2.8 produces a way too thin dof wide open.
I always end up shooting @f9-f11 for safety which kills the bokeh and has a distinct mobile phone look (well, my lens is white). Since I like the compression I'm usually using 100-200mm with my 70-300L.
I wonder how many professional photographers truly enjoy photography?
this past winter i refurbed a polaroid 180 so that i can shoot with it for fun. for me, polaroid pack film captures the "magical" experience of film photography without the hassles of roll film.
The Impossible Project has once again pulled off a minor miracle & designed & built a new Polaroid instant camera this year (thanks in part to Kickstarter).
The Impossible Instant Lab converts iPhone images to Polaroids. There's a shop close to me where I've seen it at work, & it's the real deal. I sincerely hope that this thing will enable them to scale up to where they can sell their film for less than two bucks a shot.