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Photography Technique / Re: Am I the only one this has happened to?
« on: April 25, 2014, 09:15:05 PM »
While jdramirez brings up some good points, there are a couple of things he mentions that I think could potentially cause problems. I would think that the method of grace and kindness should be the first one used, rather than starting off by being hostile or confrontational. I'm pretty sure that responding to criticism or hostility with such statements as "I have the right to do this," "F*ck off" or other self-righteous, pretentious phrases is a bad way to handle the situation."

 Meeting hostility with hostility will only escalate the confrontation, and by being on edge or immediately pissed off will only increase the suspicion of an already suspicious individual. I agree with the idea of not having to justify your actions or prove yourself, but I look at that as: you aren't required to prove yourself, but that doesn't mean that it's a bad idea to show someone that you aren't a pedophile or "spy."

Just be congenial and good natured, offer to show them your photos, hand them your business card, and try to appear as friendly and non suspicious as possible. doing that should put your average concerned parent at ease. If doing that doesn't work, chances are you're dealing with someone that has severe trust issues and won't be satisfied with a simple response. In that case, bringing out the serious face and legal lingo or offering to let the cops handle it would be necessary.

Just my opinion. But my philosophy is to always treat people with respect and maintain integrity, even when dealing with a "moron." Remember that one bad experience with a photographer could lead to that person mistrusting all photographers, further breeding mistrust and suspicion among the public.

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First of all, let's not use big words as "suing". Nobody is gonna sue someone for a few pics and a couple hundreds dollars. Just the cost of hiring a good lawyer ($300/h) or a even a bad lawyer ($100/h) is not worth it. Let alone the hassle of going through a trial.
Best of the worst, a mediator would be hired to solve this issue.

Second, I believe this whole experience is perfect learning for you and for the "Pro" as well. Terms should have been agreed when you asked to join him(her) on the job.

If the bride is willing to pay for your pics, you should be compensated. Now, compensation does not mean money.

In my opinion, hurting the Pro's ego will hurt your career in the industry at least as much as getting money on his(her) back. You might get a sense of that out of the tough responses of some forum members, who I assume must be wedding photographers. Be careful with this.
If I were you I would contact the Pro and tell him(her) that you have been contacted by the Bride and that she really likes your pictures (do not mention that she "prefers" your picture). Let the Pro tell you want he(she) sees the situation and the proper manner to deal with it. If he(she) has no idea, the best is for you to propose to give the Pro your photographs and let him decide if he wants to give you a few hundred bucks. 40 pics is quite a fair amount, and if it is true that you are bound by ethics, so is he(she).

If you don't get any money from the Pro, you already got experience and, most importantly, you can be sure this Pro will not "burn" you in the profession. You also should inform the Bride that you gave your photographs to the Pro for free "because it was the right things to do." She might feel bad and give you a few hundred bucks. She might not. But in any case feel free to promote yourself and let her know that she can talk about you in her entourage in order for you to get a paid job in the near future (assuming you register yourself as a wedding photographer, insurance and all good stuff).

In the end, you have nothing to lose. You went for experience, you got it. In addition, you've got good exposure with the pro photographer and you showed your talent to a Bride who may recommend you to friends/family as future customers.
Do the right thing.

+1 this is the perfect way to handle this

Sports / Re: track and field photography
« on: February 04, 2014, 05:18:52 PM »
A few things I've learned from shooting Cross Country that might help you:

1) Use a small aperture (but not too small), such as f/2.8 or f/3.5. f/4 is good too. This separates the competitors front he background, which is really important, as meet backgrounds are often very bright, colorful, and distracting from your subjects. 

2) Prefocus on a specific spot. A tripod or monopod will help you with this. This is the best method to freezing action that I've found, as it guarantees sharp shots when the runners are in that zone.  Use your 1DX to focus on one spot on the track, and when the runners are roughly 5 feet away from that spot, start mashing the shutter button.

3) Use at least 1/2000th sec shutter speed. Self explanatory.

4) Put your camera in AI servo mode, it saves time on AF

5) I hope this goes without saying, but don't use the 5D III as your main body. I wouldn't use it at all for action if you can avoid it.

Animal Kingdom / Re: BIRD IN FLIGHT ONLY -- share your BIF photos here
« on: January 26, 2014, 06:59:46 PM »
Nothing fancy, just a seagull up in Saugatuck, MI

Macro / Re: Cicada, Big Insect by EF 100 mm F/ 2.8 L IS USM
« on: January 26, 2014, 06:51:57 PM »
Interesting how quickly this thread derailed.......

Software & Accessories / Re: Adobe Lightroom for iPad Coming Soon
« on: January 24, 2014, 10:08:24 PM »
I'm a huge fan of Lightroom, I think it's fantastic. I would hate to see it go solely subscription-based, I was waiting until LR6 to upgrade from 4...... hopefully adobe still has those like me in mind  :-\

Software & Accessories / Re: Macro and Tripods and offset
« on: January 24, 2014, 10:03:29 PM »
Here is the smaller 190XPROB.

I personally use the Manfrotto 190XPROB and think its fantastic for macro work, or any other type of situation where suspending a camera over a (small) object is necessary. It's not horribly expensive either, If you do end up going down the purchase route, I would suggest that one.

Animal Kingdom / Re: MY dog
« on: January 22, 2014, 09:55:12 PM »
Not a dog

Canon General / Re: Winter Olympics....anyone going?
« on: January 21, 2014, 08:39:35 PM »
Even if I were
1) A professional
2) An Adult

There's no way I would go to Sochi. As aforementioned, I don't have a bulletproof vest  ;)

Canon General / Re: Why Scott Kelby Switched to Canon
« on: January 21, 2014, 08:20:57 PM »
Basically, he's spinning BS for the benefit of his Nikon subscribers to NAPP which I think is dishonest if not explicitly it is self-deceiving

Obviously he said the things he did to do a bit of damage control, but he explicitly stated that he wasn't being paid (directly, at least) to switch. He added a couple reasons why he switched, which I think is totally fair if not expected. Although I'm sure "because I wanna" was a factor in Kelby switching to Canon, I'm finding it hard to believe that he wouldn't have any other reasons to switch, or that he shouldn't share them with the subjects of his empire. His points were all valid, and didn't sound BS to me. Overall Kelby is a pretty decent human being, and doesn't seem the type to deliberately pull things over people's eyes

EOS Bodies / Re: The Next DSLR Will Be Entry Level [CR3]
« on: January 18, 2014, 05:53:57 PM »
A revamp of the T3 would be nice. The current version is pretty outdated and even if you're someone who knows what he/she's doing (like me) it can be...... difficult at times. which is why I'm saving for the 70D. But in my opinion every manufacturer needs a dirt cheap super entry level camera, as consumers will undoubtedly upgrade to more expensive models as they become unsatisfied with their current camera. So IMO the new entry level camera has a 99.99% chance of being something along the lines of a T4 or 1200D

Animal Kingdom / Re: Show your Bird Portraits
« on: January 07, 2014, 09:55:01 PM »
Shot in Yellowstone NP

EOS Bodies / Re: Announcement Talk Begins
« on: January 03, 2014, 07:33:33 PM »
could be a 14-24mm 2.8???

That would be fantastic, but considering how eagerly anticipated and looked for it is, plus the fact that it would be a (figuratively) big lens, I would guess that there would have been lots of teasers and press invitations beforehand. So probably not. 

Canon General / Re: Types of Photographers (Seinfeld Edition)
« on: January 01, 2014, 05:08:18 PM »
I can completely relate to all of these, being 14 I'm pretty sure I know one of each.......... there's going to be a biiiig generational gap of photographers in 20 years

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