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Feb 03, 2020 10:02 |  #2656

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Man, honestly when I first started in this thread back in like 2014/2015 I was so hesitant to post, I felt like me work was garbage compared to the work posted here. I just kept at it and starting only comparing my work to my previous work instead of everyone else. It helped me a ton and I feel like I've improved leaps and bounds in the last 5 years, but still need so much more work! Now I just need to improve my landscape work to get on your level!

It took me a long time to get to that point, but that's what it's really all about, being better than the last time. When we get complacent and stop "working" to get better, that's when we fail ourselves. Similar to TRhoads, my "field of expertise" def isn't portrait work!! lolol. I spent nearly two decades doing motorsports before remotely considering portrait work. I have good sessions, some great sessions, and from time to time, some not so great sessions, lol. But I'm comfortable enough in my skillset to post my work, and tough enough to handle good constructive critique.




  
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Feb 03, 2020 10:06 |  #2657

Along the lines of the conversation, I understand my "style" isn't for everyone, Not nearly as slick, shiney, and polished as a lot of images posted here, but like it's been mentioned, my customers dig it, and it pays the bills, lol.
Here are a couple from a session this past Saturday.


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Feb 03, 2020 10:54 |  #2658

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Along the lines of the conversation, I understand my "style" isn't for everyone, Not nearly as slick, shiney, and polished as a lot of images posted here, but like it's been mentioned, my customers dig it, and it pays the bills, lol.
Here are a couple from a session this past Saturday.

That style works for that environment though...so it is good that you can see that it needs to fit the genre...cool session I am sure.


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Feb 03, 2020 11:56 as a reply to  @ rowdy's post |  #2659

agreed! It definitely works and you're showing him off in his environment which is what it's all about!


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Feb 03, 2020 16:45 |  #2660

I haven't posted here in over a year. Here are few that I've taken 2019. I'm not a big portrait photographer, I mainly do sports. However, 95% of my senior portraits are HS athletes.

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Feb 04, 2020 04:38 |  #2661

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I haven't posted here in over a year. Here are few that I've taken 2019. I'm not a big portrait photographer, I mainly do sports. However, 95% of my senior portraits are HS athletes.

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Obviously the two young ladies are very pretty, and you've captured them well, but number one is crazy good! IMO. Love the lighting.




  
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Feb 04, 2020 09:54 |  #2662

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Obviously the two young ladies are very pretty, and you've captured them well, but number one is crazy good! IMO. Love the lighting.

Thank you very much!


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Feb 04, 2020 09:58 as a reply to  @ tmalone893's post |  #2663

fantastic shots! Love them!


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Feb 09, 2020 13:46 |  #2664

I've always wanted to try my luck at a composite. I want to make it clear I did not profit from this photo as I started with one of the free templates from Shirk Photography website. They had a nice tutorial that shows how to get started doing this kind of work.
I have a student in my tech class that is graduating this year and I wanted to do something nice for him. I think this shot turned out well. Now that I see how everything works, I plan to shoot all my background layers myself and see if I can create my own templates.
Let me know what you think?


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Feb 09, 2020 14:06 as a reply to  @ bsiegler's post |  #2665

I think you did well layering him "inside" what ever that spray is, I just think the spray is too distracting. Your technique looks good.




  
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Feb 09, 2020 14:19 |  #2666

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I think you did well layering him "inside" what ever that spray is, I just think the spray is too distracting. Your technique looks good.

Thanks, the template was called powder explosion. The school colors are green & white...




  
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Feb 09, 2020 15:37 as a reply to  @ bsiegler's post |  #2667

When you get finished with it, the last step I always do a black to white gradient map set to soft light at 20-25%. It seems to make everything blend together a bit better. Great job though I think. I've bought a few from Shirk myself.




  
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Feb 09, 2020 16:45 |  #2668

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When you get finished with it, the last step I always do a black to white gradient map set to soft light at 20-25%. It seems to make everything blend together a bit better. Great job though I think. I've bought a few from Shirk myself.

Thanks for the tip! I'll try that!




  
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Feb 10, 2020 08:42 |  #2669

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I've always wanted to try my luck at a composite. I want to make it clear I did not profit from this photo as I started with one of the free templates from Shirk Photography website. They had a nice tutorial that shows how to get started doing this kind of work.
I have a student in my tech class that is graduating this year and I wanted to do something nice for him. I think this shot turned out well. Now that I see how everything works, I plan to shoot all my background layers myself and see if I can create my own templates.
Let me know what you think?


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To be your first attempt, I think you did great. Save this one and as you work on new ones, look back and you’ll be surprised how much better you have become. I always look at my earlier photography and I’m shocked of the past and present pics.


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Feb 10, 2020 14:52 as a reply to  @ bsiegler's post |  #2670

Please don't misunderstand me. I think you did a great job, it's the template that I question. :-)




  
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