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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: October 01, 2012, 05:42:17 PM »

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EOS Bodies / Re: Shutter count request to Canon.
« on: September 30, 2012, 04:55:11 AM »
Hypothetical situation:

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 agree, I'd definitely want to know the shutter count on a used camera if I'm considering to buy it. EOS Utility / camera firmware should feature a shutter count as well, in my opinion of course.

Will the shutter count tell you exactly how long your camera has left? Will it magically make you a better photographer? Of course not, but no need to bash on the OP, he was only asking a simple question. Instead of helping the guy, we try to make him look like a dummy..  ??? Not cool!

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Pricewatch Deals / Re: Big Canon EOS 5D Mark II Price Drop Coming
« on: September 30, 2012, 04:20:40 AM »
Can anyone guesstimate when the new 5D2's will be completely sold out? Won't have the money for another 2-4 weeks  :-\

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Same, forbidden :/

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Lighting / Re: Direct Flash - How to make it useful?
« on: September 20, 2012, 10:12:24 PM »
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.

Looked into these and they seem pretty nice, dying to see some sample photos of it! :D

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Canon General / Re: How many of us are making money out of photography ?
« on: September 20, 2012, 08:37:02 PM »
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 :o ! 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!  :P

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.

5 years shooting and two years pro, that makes me much more comfortable! Like you said, just gotta learn my style, develop it, and most importantly, believe in myself. Thanks for the ego boost and advice!  ;D


@JVillaPhoto
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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

Arrive Early.
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.

Be nice.

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.

I'm definitely going to be looking into the Google Earth idea, specifically for a couple places I've been wanting to see but haven't physically been there. I've read a couple of history of photo books and they definitely taught me a lot of things, looking into buying a couple wedding photography books as well since I'm trying to get into that type of work.

As for charging rates, the only thing I have NOT charged was for collaborating with models on Model Mayhem in order to 'up' my portfolio. I've only shot two models from there thus far, but would love to read your view on doing it free for portfolio use (And to gain experience as well). Thank you very much for the helpful advice!  ;D






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Canon General / Re: How many of us are making money out of photography ?
« on: September 20, 2012, 05:39:25 AM »
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 :o ! 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!  :P

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  ;)

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EOS Bodies - For Stills / Re: Professional Landscape Photography
« on: September 16, 2012, 02:44:21 AM »
I'm no pro, but I assume SOME may make money by placing their photos as stock images for sale. I've heard of people getting a nice amount of money for a single photo... Sadly.. I'm not one of them  :'(

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Canon EF Prime Lenses / Re: Canon EF 50MM 1.2L
« on: September 10, 2012, 07:31:19 PM »

Morgan Terrelle  by [jVillaPhoto], on Flickr

From yesterday's shoot. Taken with 5D3  ;D

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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: September 10, 2012, 07:30:06 PM »

Morgan Terrelle  by [jVillaPhoto], on Flickr

Shoot from yesterday, shot using 50L wide open  ;D

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The Think Tank Retrospective series are just awesome!

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Portrait / Re: My photos look so dull
« on: September 05, 2012, 04:52:14 AM »
Well, here's my attempt. Need the practice so any constructive crits welcome!


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I gave it a try, not sure if it works or not, but constructive crits are always helpful!


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5D MK III Sample Images / Re: 5D MK III Images
« on: August 18, 2012, 05:43:00 AM »
One from a couple days ago, love my 5D3!


Life is a Chess Game. by [jVillaPhoto], on Flickr

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Lenses / Re: If you can have ONLY 3 lenses, what would they...???
« on: August 14, 2012, 09:50:53 PM »
Pretty much the only three I have now..

50L
24-70L
70-200 f/2.8L II

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