500 Px blows!!!

The site is filled with a bunch of idiots who think you are supposed to follow and then unfollow others, as soon as you follow back. The reason I say they are idiots is because they think a person with 4 followers cannot tell that they unfollowed.

Furthermore, the site is slow! So slow that if I did not have to upload stock photos, I would not even bother.

Is it any wonder I have not sold a single stock photo? No business wants to waste time with idiots, who think getting other idiots to follow them, makes them great photographers, or a site that is so slow as to be unproductive. Why would any business looking for stock photos waste their time?

Luckily, 500 px is not the only stock photo site, because I simply don’t want to waste anymore time on the site than I have to.

The problem is this stock photo website implements social BS into it site. A stock photo site does NOT need this. It just bogs down the website, making it harder for any serious business looking for stock photos. 500 px needs to get rid of the social bs, if they want to truly compete with other stock photo sites.

Once I have all my current stock files uploaded, I cannot see coming back to the site for any reason. The only reason I came there in the first place was, because I thought they had less stock photos and thus it might be easier for businesses to find my photos. I was sadly mistaken. My advice to others is to avoid this site like the plaque. You will thank me for sparing you the headache.

Axe

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It wasn’t pretty but it was good

Yesterday I did my first portfolio photoshoot with an aspiring model. While I have shot regular people(who hasn’t?), they normally were not looking for photos for a portfolio. They just wanted a great pictures to share with others.

The aspiring model I worked with yesterday was more of an actor, than a model. But he needed some portfolio photos and I needed some models photos for my portfolio also. He was not the most “pretty” of guys but I believe I managed to him justice with the photos taken. So let me show you the best out of the camera photo and you can judge for yourself if we did a good job.

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I did very little post processing to this. Just few small bumps in the background colors and small heals on the face due to no makeup. I think I reflected him in the best possible light.

What do you think?

I still have a few more slots for models to do Time for Print work. If are a model in the Houston area and would like a few portfolio shots like this, just use the contact page.

For the techies- The above photo was captured with a Canon SL1 DSLR camera using a 55-250mm lens at full focal range.

Enjoy!

Axe

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Before and After matters…

While it may be argued that having the best equipment with you at all times is required in a photoshoot, it can be argued that it certainly is not. Why would two completely options be valid? They just are. Let me explain…

Times have changed for many things these days and photography certainly is not immune to the digital age. Every day people become less patient and less picky. They want their photos and they want them now. Do they want to wait for you to drag your tripod around at an outside photoshoot? Nope! It seems silly but some people still do this. What is the point when nearly every shot can be handheld these days with the image stabilization systems built into nearly every camera of pro level?

The old school mindset of getting the best picture possible while on the shoot, is fading. Slowly to be sure. Photographers like to show their toys and to try to get perfect results from their camera. However, a perfect shot is not always possible, with even the best equipment.

This where new school thought really comes in handy. What is the new school of thought? It is really simple. Save time on the shoot in favor of making the client feel like they were given great service. Spend the extra time in post processing to give the the very best results. Fact is, you should know how to really use programs like Photoshop and Lightroom. Knowledge of knowing how to work both of these can easily allow you to give clients better photos. Unconvinced? Let me show you the before and after photos of one of my models.

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The above photo is my model without any make up. The picture was taken in a dimly lit room. This is a photo that an old school photographer would throw out. However, I am not an old school photographer and thus kept this photo for post processing. Let me explain why I did so.

Her face has nice lighting. The reason for the low-light picture was for the natural glow coming into the room from outside. Also her smile, was one of the best ones of the bunch, I shot. The only real drawbacks to this photo are red-eyes and no make up. But all of this can and was fixed in just Lightroom. Let me show you!

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As you can see, not only was I able to fix the red-eye, but I was also able to make it look like she is wearing make up. The after picture is as good as any straight from the camera picture that can be had. Sure, I spent some time in post-processing, however, I did not have to waste my models time trying to get just the right picture. I did not make her have to put make up on. Because of this, she was very satisfied with high-end after picture, without all the usual fuss and consumption of time.

What am I really trying to get at here? Before you spend all your money and have to spend hours getting the right picture out of the camera, consider how much time and effort you want to spend. You may find you might prefer a shorter photo session with near equal results.

Fyi- For those wanting the technical data. The above picture was taken with a Nikon P510. It is not a professional camera by any means and not what I currently use. Photo was used for example purposes only.

I hope this article you found helpful in your search for a photographer. Have a great day!

Axe

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All Things Considered…

When I began this new road in my life, I thought I had considered all the options available to me. Upon expanded research, I discovered some things that I had not known. Things which make a huge difference in how I walk this road. I thought I would take a moment to share them with you. Maybe you might find some value for your own path.

Let’s get started with Twitter since that was the last thing I spoke of. As mentioned in my previous post, Twitter seems to be in a freefall. Not just due to the limitations of the platform, but also due to the limited understanding of most of its users. They do not seem to get how useful and important retweeting is. Thus Twitter usuage is going down daily.

If Twitter could figure out a way of making it evident what people like, then they would have a built-in sharing mechanism. I have learned, that not only are people reluctant to share tweets made at Twitter, they are less likely to even read anything from outside of the site, such as this post. Just how bad it really is, can be seen with one simple example.

I posted the exact same picture to my author blog, to Twitter and Facebook, via my blog. The blog post received over 20 likes here at WordPress, where as on Twitter it received NONE. Granted one person came from Twitter that day, however, they were not one of the people who liked the picture post.

Now most people would find this counter-intuitive. Shouldn’t a short form platform be better for posting pictures? Apparently not! In fact, the same picture got no response on Facebook either. Speaking of Facebook, lets move on.

Facebook business pages are supposed to help out your business. However, they do not! The current algorithm used by Facebook, hides your business posts from people who have actually “Liked” the page. WTF? So a business brings in people, only to not be able to market to them? That is just the dumbest thing I have ever seen. Had I know they had switched to this new algorithm, I would not have bothered setting up the page. I can see that I will be dumping the business page in favor of using my personal page. It simply makes no sense, to share pictures with people who most likely will never see them.

This leads me to what appears to have the most potential for a photographer…Instagram. I have just started this account and have only 6 pictures up. Seems like I have my work cut-out for me. BTW, if you want to follow me on Instagram, I go by j.b.thomas(No caps and no spaces). Please don’t follow me if you don’t plan on sharing photos you like. 🙂 Having an Instagram up and running, still has its drawbacks. Business profiles are frowned upon and you must still post your pictures at Facebook and Twitter, because both sites tend to ignore outside posts.

Despite all these little drawbacks to success, it seems like things are beginning to take shape. The ad I placed on Craig’s List (http://houston.craigslist.org/crg/5900979589.html) has already gotten responses and it appears I should have a few models, both male and female, to round out my portfolio. This is obviously a step in the right direction. I am slowly but steadily, getting my photos up from 5 years of photography and 16 yrs. of graphics, onto my web store. Eventually, I will build a website that has a blog devoted strictly to photography.

All things considered though, there have been some setbacks, but I believe I am moving in the right direction. Just might take a little longer to get there…

I hope you found some value in this post and if you live in the Houston,Tx. area, keep me in mind for your photography needs. Take care and have an amazing weekend!

Axe

 

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Quick Announcement-

I have updated my welcome post to reflect my new photos sites and links. If you have any interest in photos/art, just go here to take a look. Thx for reading!

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