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ParadoxImagery
This is the limited one Im allowed at present on this site.

Interested in any comments as I only really work in one genre alternative/fetish

regards
C
ParadoxImagery , Photographer  posted on 03/02/2011 12:20:47   Posted 5 times

Located:St stephens,Cornwall, UK
Member Since: 18/01/2011
       
DragonLady
Hi

I would suggest lowering your level from pro and am being bluntly honest because it is set high. I would say your lighting, creativity etc would put you more like intermediate or lower at present.

The genre is not my scene to be honest but from a creative aspect and the overall finish as well as the standard of models used in my view to give yourself pro level you need to be using all the qualities associated with photographers at that level. For example, great locations, good finish, make up artists and hair stylists or models that can do this to a high level on themselves etc. If doing fetish gore shots the make up to create that effect should be top notch.

So judging your port at the level you have yourself I would say for me it needs a lot of work. If you had put yourself at beginner or intermdiate I'd have said it was a good start and I look forward to seeing you improve as potential is there. I think you have confused how long you have been doing photography with how good you consider your experience level, you could do it for 30 years and still just be a beginner where as someone else could do it for one year, be a natural and happily call themselves pro with a port to back it up.

I hope my honesty is taken in the constructive tone it is intended and as always remember this is just my view and opinion, feel free to disregard it if you feel strongly I am wrong in my analysis.

Good luck in any event and welcome to the site

M
DragonLady , Digital Retoucher  posted on 03/02/2011 12:40:47   Posted 948 times

Located:London,London, UK
Member Since: 07/11/2008
       
ParadoxImagery
Hi Mragaret,  yes thanks for the feedback and you are correct in that I probably would disagee a bit since all the photos you see have been published in magazines such as Bizarre, Skin Two, GSP, etc, or by websites, or brought via my broker for use in advertising. All the models are also fulltime professional models.

I think the area of disagreement might also be over what the term  professional means?  Since I have been earning a living fulltime from selling my photography since 2002 and dont have a dayjob is that not professional?

Not sure what other definition can apply?

I also think that the lighting of one genre is different from other genres i.e the mood is different and I dont think you would light fetish/gothic the same way as you light glamour or fashion. Even if people dont personally like it........ it is a major genre and
is now almost mainstream.


However even though you didnt comment on composition or any other aspect of the imagery thanks for the honest feedback which I asked for. Certainly all constructive honest feedback is welcomed even if I dont agree with it.
 
Of course the digital Retoucher relies on perfection being seen as the requirement and I can see the need for fashion magazines etc. My genre requires reality being a key attribute i.e does it look real or contrived. Dungeons are not well lit and neither are Graveyards etc LOL. Personally I think minor retouching of a photo is fine but if major work requiring retouching is required it probably means the photo is not worthy. I like to see a photo enhanced but not changed.... but saying that I do like the work you did on the city shot on your portfolio which is excellent and justifies third party retouching.

Anyway thanks again for the comments .....look forward to some from togs etc as well. Though I am beginning to feel there is not many people left on here to comment? 

 
ParadoxImagery , Photographer  posted on 03/02/2011 13:23:51   Posted 5 times

Located:St stephens,Cornwall, UK
Member Since: 18/01/2011
       
DrCaligari
Agree with Dragon Lady but the bit about being a 'pro' is dependent on income rather than ability as you rightly point out, so long as it's all declared to HMRC Member Image   Not implying you don't, but that's the test of income versus pocket money, and pocket money doesn't make a pro.

The genres you choose to shoot will inevitably receive a binary response, they are the photographic equivalent of Marmite, but I would say that you need to get to grips with an editing suite, some of the brightness adjustments lack contrast and the tongue one is not even remotely sharp, possibly from pushing a low res crop beyond technological possibility?  I do agree that lighting is difficult in small spaces but all it achieves in your images is to adequately illuminate lady parts.  I appreciate that your target audience does not understand the inverse square law, but on a photography site you may receive a more critical review than hoped for.  To be brutally honest it comes across as GWC, but if it sells well then it's doing the business.

Doc

Edit: Forgot to add that I occasionally do corporate stuff, headshots for web and events etc, which I get paid for and all of which I put through my books and subsequently pay corporation tax and VAT on, but I don't feel that makes me a 'pro'.  It just allows me to put quite a bit of photographic equipment through as a justifyable business expense so it becomes self funding. 
DrCaligari , Photographer  posted on 03/02/2011 18:32:28   Posted 40 times

Located:Southampton,Hampshire, UK
Member Since: 11/08/2010
       
DragonLady
Hi

Dr raises a fair point but interestingly Dr doesn't consider himself pro even though he gets paid. It is a grey area I guess but in my view considering yourself pro as the OP does just because you get paid is not a good guage.

For instance, I might pay a web guy to make me a website. The final site is rubbish and I get someone new in. The original guy gets paid for what he does, but it doesn't mean he is good at it.  Similarly the models used, anyone can be a model as you can be a mature model, pin up model, fashion model etc but all are of course different levels and all can get paid. Doesn't make them the best models to choose just because they demand pay and doesn't make them pro.

So since it is called experience level and not 'do you get paid for what you do' I consider the experience level to be an assessment of how advanced you are in your field. So a pro should be using advanced techniques, nailing the lighting, understanding correct apertures etc.

With that in mind you asked for critique and my critique is mainly that the level, ignoring the payment terms you got for those images (one mans gold is another mans rubbish) my view is that the models bring nothing to the shots and the way they have been shot is not pro standard.

I guess in light of your response I do have a positive comment, you clearly are a good salesman Member Image .

Joking aside I hope you do adhere some of the comments here and take them on board, if so I look forward to seeing your next shots go up and the adjustments made. Always great to see progress.

M
DragonLady , Digital Retoucher  posted on 04/02/2011 12:18:14   Posted 948 times

Located:London,London, UK
Member Since: 07/11/2008
       
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