Relax

by Camellia Staab July. 21, 2018 418 views

We had the opportunity to photograph a couple of ladies posing as models for a portrait practice session. It was fun but I don't necessarily fancy this form of photography. For me it's too "posed" and unnatural. I would rather do street photography than this type of photography. For me street photography is more natural and you can really grasp people's expressions. Sadly, I have noticed, at least in our city, that once someone picks up a camera and learns how to press the shutter button, they automatically become "professionals" and start a portrait business. :(

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 3 years, 2 months ago

At least they are allowed to do so. I think, the customer has the chance to decide, if (s)he wants to be photgraphed by one of them. Here you has to gain a license ( three years as apprentice or courses for a lot (!!!) of money) to do buisiness as a photographer. The license isn't a guaranty at all, that you will get good pictures at all. If I would try to sell one of my better pictures, the photographer guild would peck me like a vulture a meaty bone, because it is forbidden for non-professionals to gain photographic contracts or to sell photographs.
I don't like to do portraits - it's boring and I can't do it. But I would join such a lesson you had the chance to attend. It is always interesting to know, why something is "boring" - sometimes it's possible to change your mind. The pictures are intersting, but I don't understand, why women have always have to look like victims. So, I think the pose is a little bit odd. The monochrome has something "special victims unit". I'm sure a male model wouldn't pose like that.
Nevertheless I would prefer a male model - maybe with a little bit less fabric around the body. And I think, I would let him pose in all the odd poses, which are common for women - like this aweful carwash (!) or calender poses. Just to oppose the common. Let's call it art like male photographers, when they photograph more or less dressed women.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 3 years, 2 months ago

I am laughing out loud at your comments. It is hilarious but so true and to the point. I really am not sure what is better to have the restrictions you have, or no restrictions as we have here. I am being serious  when I say people pick up a DSL, put it on auto, click a few times and then decide "ohhh I am ready to have a business and be a portrait/wedding photographer" and start charging people money. And there are some fools, or maybe they are not fools that hire them. This pose she had was so unnatural to me and there was a guy among us who (was planning on creating a business) kept telling her how to pose and what to do. We all like to make money but let's be serious not everyone is a professional photographer nor has the talent.

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Camellia Staab 3 years, 2 months ago

Roland won the first price (ball at school) - a shooting with a professional photographer. Victoria had to do it ... A  professional make up artist was responsible for Victoria's make-up. She had to change her dresses a few times. The photographer was a young woman, with some creative ideas, but in the end the male boss decided which pictures we were allowed (!) to see. There was a big difference between the femal eye and the male choosing. Therefore I believe, that males have victims in mind. We had problems to find between 150 pictures really good ones, which weren't killed by to much photoshoping. The pictures are nice, but they are not over the top perfect/super professional ore nice. I'm glad, that they were lottery win and not something we had to pay a lot of money for.
Imagine someone "professional" like that, is part of a jury, which has to decide, if you ar worthy to join the guild and allowed to have customers. In the end I would prefer to see the portfolios of a photographers and decide on my own.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue 3 years, 2 months ago

+1+1

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Antonio Gil 3 years, 2 months ago

I agree with you Camellia

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Camellia Staab Replied to Antonio Gil 3 years, 2 months ago

+1

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Sydney Solomon 3 years, 2 months ago

Mrs...you don't think you have the skills to open a "portrait business"? You can combine your hobby, with business and perhaps make some $$$$ at it. I think you would probably do well.

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Camellia Staab Replied to Sydney Solomon 3 years, 2 months ago

Mr. I might have the skills but I definitely don't have the desire. To spend hours with people, having them move their arm this way and their head that way and then later on be told that they are not happy with the pictures because I didn't make them look beautiful?Nah that's not for me. I'd rather have fun taking pictures and not make money than be miserable taking pictures and  MAYBE making money :)

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Sigrid Strohschneider-Laue Replied to Camellia Staab 3 years, 2 months ago

thumbsup

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