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Technical / Re: Nice little package, but on the fence on price
« Last post by Jeff Behm on September 15, 2017, 12:51:20 PM »
In my continuing praise of the Godox/Flashpoint flash system, here's the first actual shoot I did with it.  These kids are from a friend's family, for whom I'm doing their wedding (one of about 1-2 per year).  This is from their engagement session, the photo taken on an overlook at the top of the Catoctin Mountains, toward  Middletown, MD. in shadow behind them.   The couple are in full sun, about 5 PM, sun to their back - camera right, 1/125, f6.3, 200mm ISO 100.  The AD200 is on 1/8 or 1/4 power, I forget which, using a MagMod Sphere and is about 8 ft away, where there was secure footing for the assistant.

P.S.  The couple asked for posing and direction, which I love.  It may be old school, but I like it.
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General Discussion / Re: Quote: an alibi is more comfortable and easier
« Last post by Duck on September 14, 2017, 10:50:25 AM »
We must always continuously improve our talent, marketing and business model.
Never a truer quote. Specially in this day and age of digital ease. Business creativity is so much more important nowadays.
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General Discussion / Re: Quote: an alibi is more comfortable and easier
« Last post by Jeff Behm on September 14, 2017, 09:40:12 AM »
One of the reasons we started this forum was to filter the noise online from those who refuse to understand that "Business is a blood sport".  I don't think I'd heard it put that way before, but completely agree.  That doesn't mean hurting the competition through lies or manipulation so much as it means being always keeping ourselves in shape, in training, improving and focused, just like top athletes. 
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General Discussion / Re: Quote: an alibi is more comfortable and easier
« Last post by DouglasB on September 14, 2017, 06:05:17 AM »
I saw a quote that I have taped to my desktop:

"Look in the mirror. There is your competition".

Some very good  points made in the post Jeff. We must always continuously improve our talent, marketing and business model.
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General Discussion / Re: Quote: an alibi is more comfortable and easier
« Last post by Mike Nykoruk on September 13, 2017, 07:37:14 PM »
An old rep of mine (RIP) once told me:

 "Don't worry about what the other guy is doing, just worry about what you are doing."

As appropo today as it was in 1994.
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General Discussion / Re: Quote: an alibi is more comfortable and easier
« Last post by Houston George on September 13, 2017, 08:33:09 AM »
great advice.

Quote
No matter what stage of the game you're at, we all need help keeping our eye on the ball and feet in the game.

I think this is especially relevant. From what I see and read, there is far too much looking over the shoulder at what the competition is doing, to the point that successful and profitable photographers start questioning everything they do because some two bit hack down the road is practically giving away crappy work. They should be of no concern whatsoever.
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General Discussion / Re: Quote: an alibi is more comfortable and easier
« Last post by Mike Nykoruk on September 12, 2017, 03:57:58 AM »
Hear Here!

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Image Showcase / Re: When my sensor needs a cleaning
« Last post by Duck on September 11, 2017, 05:16:37 PM »
This camera (Brownie) was given to me by a family relative. It was still in it's original box and everything. Sadly I've never used it myself so I can't attest to it's quality. However, it is a beautiful piece of equipment.


Thanks for the comments.
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General Discussion / Quote: an alibi is more comfortable and easier
« Last post by Jeff Behm on September 11, 2017, 10:23:29 AM »
Once again I'm posting a quote from an email by Rob Provencher.  I may not always agree with his position, but when it's good advice, it's worth passing along.  This also seems pertinent because it plays into a recent discussion about the race to the bottom in one of the other areas of this forum.


"Mediocrity is not a standard"

If your work sucks, face it. Better yet, do something about it.
If your business and marketing sucks...same advice.
 
More importantly, stop everything you're doing and get serious about success. Pull the plug on all distractions and get seriously focused on that one issue.
 
There's a fight going on right now.
 
A fight to maintain quality and stop the slow slide into mediocrity that the photographic industry is sinking into.
 
Do not allow mediocrity to be your standard.
 
How do you know if things aren't working out for you?
 
Simple. Sales.
 
Does anyone want what you got?
 
If you have something to sell, then your marketing is a cake walk. It doesn't mean you don't have to do anything, but at least you're heading in the right direction when you have something of quality to sell.
 
It all starts with the product.
 
But be realistic. If it ain't there, it ain't there.
 
Stop everything and send in every single weapon you have at your disposal to raise the level of quality and create a product that you can sell.
 
Be warned....an alibi is more comfortable and easier
than the hard slow slog to success.

 
Everyday you point to that when you have success. You have to work at it everyday and risk. It's easy to slip into alibi land and get cozy with mediocrity.
 
Business is a blood sport. Take your eye off the ball and whamo! You're down for the count.
 
Don't believe me? Listen in on any mastermind meeting of successful business owners and you will hear a consistent story over and over of bankruptcy and "failure".
 
But now, success.
 
Because they did not settle for mediocrity and their lessons were forged in a valley of fire.
 
Keep up the fight for professionalism.

We need to take responsibility for promoting and pushing quality and reminding our clients AND out leads that there is a difference... it's not that hard to do.
 
As long as we are willing to do it....my ideas?
newsletters   
great offers
great communication
affiliation marketing
quality photography
effective communication
boldness (genius)
creativity
And more. Much more....
 
No matter what stage of the game you're at, we all need help keeping our eye on the ball and feet in the game.
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Image Showcase / Re: When my sensor needs a cleaning
« Last post by Jeff Behm on September 11, 2017, 09:54:10 AM »
I don't recall if it was a Target Six-20, but my first experiences being entrusted with family photos were with a Brownie.  Very nice, Duck.
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