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General Discussion / Anyone subscribe to PDN magazine
« on: Today at 02:39:17 AM »
I just received a subscription offer for PDN magazine in the mail. $35 for the year as an ASMP member. Anyone here subscribe to it? Is it worth reading? Comments appreciated.

Technical / Re: 360 product turntable
« on: October 14, 2017, 11:56:00 AM »
Plenty of hardware available...
I thought of these too, as I am fairly handy with woodworking tools, but it leads me back to my original problem of wobble and unevenness.
I saw one DIY where they used a car wheel bearing to make a heavy duty turntable and at that scale wobble and unevenness isn't as critical as it is working small.
There are a couple of $80-150 motorized turntables on Ebay but I question the quality at that price level. But then, I also question the quality of the more expensive brands as they may be overpriced for the same, or similar, quality.

Technical / Re: 360 product turntable
« on: October 13, 2017, 03:41:27 PM »
I believe in the K.I.S.S. principal but regular lazy susan style turntables are flimsy and uneven. The one I just replaced had a section that stuck and if you weren't careful getting past that part it could potentially knock the product off a touch. I replaced it with a sturdier one made of wood but it's smaller. I'm looking to get some acrylic sheets cut into a larger circle to place on top but that's a hassle centering it.

My want to upgrade is just to simplify the entire process with something reliable.

General Discussion / Re: Is it the subject, or is it the photographer?
« on: October 10, 2017, 12:46:46 PM »
I am, by far, not a master photographer. In my area, surprisingly as I am close to New York, there are very few professional photographers doing any kind of teaching to other photographers. At least none that I find published. There are, however, a ton of amateur photographers hungry for learning. I got into teaching through a series of accidental encounters.

First, I have a strong background in teaching (I almost became a teacher but changed vocation last minute to pursue art). Teaching is in my blood (mother, aunt, wife were all teachers). When I transitioned from film to digital in 2004 I realized I knew very little about digital imaging. Not that I was great with film. I suddenly found myself needing to re-educate myself and gain understanding of intermediate and advanced levels of photography. I joined several photography clubs and groups and kept my ears open for lessons. Unfortunately everyone around me was in a similar (or lesser lever) boat than I was. I picked up bits and pieces here and there but I took what I knew, applied it to the new technology and flubbed it the rest of the way. In the meantime, my natural desire to teach others what I learned came through in social events and I soon found myself being the go to guy for answering other people's questions. It was a bit frustrating because no one was answering my questions. I had to figure it out on my own in order to give educated responses at these events. It was also frustrating because I was getting little shooting time at what was considered a shooting event.

I don't know if it is laziness on the amateur photographer's part but probably not. It's probably that they weren't placing as much importance on furthering their education as I was. I devoured knowledge wherever I could (I have an impressive book collection now). After a while I outgrew what was being offered in my area. Like you, Todd, I was leaving more disappointed from lectures and workshops than it was worth the expenditure but the people approaching me with questions continued. Interestingly enough, I have now been 'teaching' since 2011 and I still see the same people asking the same questions they were four, five and six years ago and that is because they do not have the same desire to advance as I do.

Yes, there are plenty of people who shouldn't be teaching when held against a professional photographer's standards, and I probably fit that bill, but they aren't teaching to other professionals. They're teaching the weekend warriors and the soccer moms whose expectations are far lower, and their results will never be competition. When push comes to shove and a client needs that professional photo, eventually they will seek out a pro. Sometimes it just takes having to waste money going through the weekend warrior to do so.

As for teaching, I feel I could never teach a pro level class as I don't have the 'street cred' or 'time served' to do so. I can, however, teach beginner and intermediate photographers all day long because in that market, I do have the credibility and experience. I also do know that if I were to target professional photographers I would make sure my promotionals were top notch. I agree with Todd that Jen should have used a much better image for promoting that workshop. It's not as if she doesn't have better ones to pull from but who's to know what's in a person's head. As Nannette mentioned, she could be targeting the weekend warriors and the soccer moms.

Technical / Re: 360 product turntable
« on: October 09, 2017, 07:26:24 PM »
Well, I'm in a 3rd floor space, so truck size is out.  :D

I'm a cheap bastard so $30,000 is out  ;D

I did a little digging and there seems to be a startup working on some software that can do most of the features I was looking for. I'll have to see where that project stands.

In the meantime... turn, click, repeat.  ::)

General Discussion / Re: Is it the subject, or is it the photographer?
« on: October 07, 2017, 06:20:14 PM »
I don't know how I feel about the workshop thing. [...] I dunno if it's worth it.
I've noticed that many of the more popular YouTube 'teachers' gang their workflow. They will take video during a paying gig (and it's in their contract for releases), compile the footage into a variety of products for use as lessons, promote a blog post, publish on YouTube or use in their social outlets as marketing material. During down time they shoot 'B roll' footage, voice overs and such. It's all about leveraging the time and the resources.

Just a suggestion.

Technical / Re: 360 product turntable
« on: October 06, 2017, 11:21:18 AM »
Thanks. I had a flimsy plastic manual one and am 'upgrading' to a heavier duty manual one. It does the job and I am finding I am using it more and more. Not enough to drop 2K on a system yet, so I was looking or less expensive alternatives or alternate solutions.

My current system works. It's a little clumsy but it gets the job done. I only mentioned Ortery as it has all the features I am looking for.

Technical / 360 product turntable
« on: October 05, 2017, 02:16:40 PM »
I am looking to invest in an electric turntable for 360 product photography. I currently have a regular lazy susan type turntable. While it does the job I hate the turn, click, turn, click, aspect of it. My thought is to get an electric one that will trip the shutter for me at specific rotational intervals. Yes, I know that sounds lazy but I'm thinking more along the lines of speed and consistency.

I have been looking at the Ortery system. Anyone here have any experience, thoughts or suggestions?

General Discussion / Re: Is it the subject, or is it the photographer?
« on: October 05, 2017, 12:49:26 PM »
...says the guy who said that Mr. $175 Jack Stump was just as good as me. :) :) :) :) :)  Sorry, had to!
...and deservedly so. But I did retract my statement once I had all the facts, but I'll apologize again.  ;)

On a more serious note, there is a strong demand for knowledge and many pros augment their income this way. Why shouldn't you?
I have a friend who has a very unique way of teaching the HDR process that is unlike what 90% of how others teach it. He put up a complete course on Udemy and, while not a lot of income, it does bring in some cashflow. He did the work once, posted it and the company handles distribution and sales. He now kicks back and contemplates his next project.

General Discussion / Re: Is it the subject, or is it the photographer?
« on: October 05, 2017, 09:34:39 AM »
Yeah, I'm not qualified to offer much here either other than to say there will always be photographers of different skill levels. It's embarrassing to see that kind of work being peddled as a master photography class but it gives testament to our times. People are hungry for knowledge and people are scrupulous. The internet makes it easy to access the good with the bad. Sadly that author may not understand how bad he really is, but he also may have an altruistic desire to share what he knows.

On a similar note, maybe you should consider doing a video course yourself on the subject. It can become a nice sedimentary source of income. Maybe not a lot of money, but a little here and a little there always helps.

General Discussion / Re: Is it the subject, or is it the photographer?
« on: October 04, 2017, 05:52:55 PM »
I am not a people photographer but I follow Joe Edelman on YouTube. He is always expounding this exact lesson. When it comes to portraiture it can't be about the photographer, it must be about the subject.

General Discussion / Re: Quote: an alibi is more comfortable and easier
« 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.

Image Showcase / Re: When my sensor needs a cleaning
« 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.

Image Showcase / Re: When my sensor needs a cleaning
« on: September 10, 2017, 08:28:33 PM »
Here's another one I had shot previous to the sensor cleaning one.

Image Showcase / Re: When my sensor needs a cleaning
« on: September 09, 2017, 02:34:14 PM »
Then you may have one up on me. Some of those bands back in the day really knew how to party.

Image Showcase / Re: When my sensor needs a cleaning
« on: September 09, 2017, 01:54:18 AM »
Welcome to the synapses I live with.
Pft! Rookie!
You should hang out in my tattoo parlor for a day. We'll fry your brain here.

Image Showcase / Re: When my sensor needs a cleaning
« on: September 08, 2017, 03:06:53 AM »
I love the humor in that.  And I want an introduction to the hot assistant. :D
Well then, let me introduce you to the top of the line posting doll... Phicen;)

Image Showcase / Re: When my sensor needs a cleaning
« on: September 07, 2017, 01:32:56 AM »
Damn. The secret's out. Duck plays with dolls.  :o

For more pics you should check out my Deviant Art account.  :D

Image Showcase / When my sensor needs a cleaning
« on: September 06, 2017, 04:32:39 PM »
"My GOD! Just look at all these spots on this sensor. What a slob!"

Marketing / Re: Website
« on: August 25, 2017, 10:27:15 AM »
Check out Smugmug. They have a variety of templates, gallery styles and other features. I use them for my portfolio site, They have all the typical gallery styles (thumbnails, square tiles, masonry collage, journal and slideshow) available to choose from and you can customize the menu location as well. I like mine at top and bottom but when I first set it up I had a left hand menu. I also used several of their gallery styles before settling on a more uniform look throughout.

News / Re: Time headshot
« on: August 15, 2017, 09:28:15 PM »
Apparently this was taken by Mike Morones, an experienced Military Times staff photographer with awards and plenty of experience. It is such a rookie mistake one has to wonder what the back story is.

News / Re: Time headshot
« on: August 12, 2017, 02:37:03 PM »

Image Showcase / Re: When the old becomes new again
« on: August 10, 2017, 04:34:40 PM »
An amazing shot. One I would never have considered doing as you did. I would have relied more on Photoshop than colored filters, etc. I don't know if I would have thought of the multiple exposure concept either.

Image Showcase / Re: Then and Now
« on: August 09, 2017, 09:01:45 AM »
Really cool. I like how you matched styles.

Technical / Re: Canon batteries
« on: August 01, 2017, 02:17:31 PM »
Definitely a point to file away into the memory banks. Thanks for sharing that bit of info. I don't think I would have figured that out on my own.

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