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Tips and critiques for a still photographer who is broke and living in North Carolina (4 replies and 2 comments)

SnakeJunt
2 weeks ago
SnakeJunt 2 weeks ago

Hey y'all 
I was watching 2049 again and did the whole wikipedia thing on the movie, long story short: I'm in love with this forum.  I'm not a cinematographer, just strictly "stills" for now.  Got into photography when I was 14 via MySpace (2006) and stumbled through education and now just do personal stuff on Instagram (I'm not ashamed of that btw).  I was wondering what kind of available lighting sources would you all use when you have little to none in terms of strobe kits or continuous lighting kits.  I've used a variety of sources, my friend's car headlights, the one dented flood light that's $50 on amazon, a 100w strobe light with a soft box that I also bought off of amazon that only uses a sync cable, using flashlights, mirrors guiding whatever daylight I have.  blah blah blah.  Just wanted to see where this thread goes, especially coming from "the pros".

 

 

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2019/08/Film-17.jpg

Jake Yount

SnakeJunt
2 weeks ago
SnakeJunt 2 weeks ago

Thank You! It was a one-off from a couple years back. Her and I went to this abandoned village where they shot some scenes for the first Hunger Games movie. I think everyone is a photojournalist these days. Right now I'm just working on a joke personal project while looking for a job (waiting to hear back from Target): Union County Street Photography (see photo attached), Hemp is a big deal out here lol.  There's always time Roger, get in there with a selfie stick and show 'em how it's done.

https://www.rogerdeakins.com/wp-content/uploads/2017/08/YeahBaby.jpg

Jake Yount

Roger Deakins
2 weeks ago
Roger Deakins 2 weeks ago

I wanted to be a photojournalist when I was in my teens. Could I have been a James Nachtwey or a David Hurn. Probably not, but I do wonder. Next time!

Mike
2 weeks ago

Don’t sell yourself short Roger, you could have been any of those but you chose another road, the one paved with gold! Photo journalism pays “peanuts”. Very few make the ‘big’ money.

David W
2 weeks ago

Roger, do you think it is still possible to be a successful photojournalist these day's?
The universe had other plans, maybe in your next life!

David W
2 weeks ago
David W 2 weeks ago

I think the shot is good, I like the lighting though it doesn't really say anything about the woman or it doesnt tell a story in my opinion. Do you have anymore shots you can share? I too started photography when I was 14 and I hope to become a photojournalist. What kind of a photographer would you consider yourself?

Mike
2 weeks ago
Mike 2 weeks ago

You can be poor as a church mouse and use an old “clapped” out old camera but you still can take good photos. It’s about how much effort you intend to put into each picture. You cannot rush taking photos, work out what you want your photo to say to your viewer, how much time do you have to set a picture up, what is it you want your photos to say, do you want it to say anything or is it just a snap shot to add to your collection. In other words work out why you are doing it and do you want to continue it, or is it just “fad” that will fade within time. Once you have worked it out then it’s time to calculate the investment factor, what equipment do you need over what period. All photographers buy equipment they probably never need, it can be a total waste of money, they look into magazines and say, I haven’t got one of those or that will be handy one day, it a false economy, save your money. Buy second hand and buy it cheap, you are going to throw it into the bin eventually, build up slowly when you have spare money but don’t buy equipment just to impress people, you will go bankrupt in a short time. Progress slowly and sensibly but most of all learn the craft, find out how camera’s work take them to pieces if you have to, as that is the only way to learn. Most importantly, you must love what you are doing, otherwise there is no point, is there?

I do like your photo you attached, you have used the curtains well, good lighting, great posture too. A very pretty girl, if I may say so. The problem I have with it, is that you cannot see the girls eyes properly, if she could look to the window or even downwards that would make it more balanced. It’s a human quirk that when you look at someone you always look at their eyes first. The eyes are the Centre point, they tell the story so try and get the eyes right.

Lovely photo, lovely model too. 

 

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