Expensive Photography

Discussion in 'Darkroom Developing and Printing' started by spacebankers, Sep 5, 2007.

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    spacebankers Guest


    It's good to see a group about this topic, it's not as well covered as
    it should be. People don't realize how expensive professional
    photography can be! That's why people who need/want great photos need
    to push the issue. I mean, I know why photographers charge as much as
    they do, or at least why they charge a lot anyway; business costs and
    all that. Sometimes though it's just a plain rip off.

    I've got a blog about my experiences with alternatives for getting
    photos professionally and I hope that by reading it, others will gain
    some appreciation for those alternatives. Check it out at

    Looking great isn't everything but having photographs where you do
    look good feels fab.
    spacebankers, Sep 5, 2007
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    Tony Clarke Guest

    Those simply appear to be tips about not being a klutz at the moment
    when you're actually standing at the tripod. Which isn't the whole thing
    about getting quality photos, let alone the obscure suggestion that quality
    portrait photography, which requires concentrated effort, is in some way
    "expensive", ie needlessly overpriced.

    Also what does that tip "save face by using telephoto" actually mean?
    It's an established principle of portrait photography that formal shots look
    best if you use a slightly long lens, typically a 105mm on a 35mm SLR and
    equivalents on bigger formats. It gives a good proportional flat perspective
    that doesn't make noses look big or cleavages saggy, and because the camera
    then sits back from the sitter and they're bound to look at you as you
    shoot, the eyes have a slightly far focus in the picture which bespeaks
    attention and dignity, No-one wants to look bug-eyed which close wide lenses
    notoriously do. But "save face"? How so? Do big lenses make you look tough?
    Also, if you want portraits where less than the whole face is in shot, just
    about any focal length of lens will run out of near focus with a human head
    in full frame, it's a fact of optics. To get closer you need an extension
    ring on the back or a dioptre lens on the front to get less-than-infinity
    focus and thus that personality detail shot which of course your model will
    love if it's well made - in camera and on print. Nowt to do with telephoto
    even so, just that that flatter perspective will still be in evidence if you
    use the longer lens.

    Tony Clarke
    Tony Clarke, Sep 6, 2007
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