Posts Tagged ‘advice’

The Rule

It seems to be the unwritten rule in photography that you don’t give unsolicited advice.

Of course I don’t know all the rules  nor did I make them. In fact many photography rules I tend to break. However, this one I try to stay far away from.

I’ve only heard complaining stories of photographers not too well pleased with another photographer critizing and giving unsolicited advice. I don’t think it’s so much the advice part… but that they don’t have a strong enough relationship with the person giving the commentary, they don’t know the real motives. I bet had they respected that individual and of course had they asked they would have been more than happy.

In giving advice

So if you care about somebody and want to help them… a few words of advice… and you came to the blog so well I guess it’s kind of solicted. haha

  • Establish a relationship where both sides are respected and trusted.
  • Care about the person. Show it in action and in word.
  • Don’t try to turn it into an opportunity where you make money or otherwise profit from them.
  • If being harsh remember to show care and love at the end. Read this
  • Know what you’re talking about.
  • Give them an opportunity to explain their situations before you assume what you think you know is right.

NOTE: As with many of my blogs this is a work in progress a theory I feel good about but am open to kind and honest and educated dialog. The hope is to improve us all. It takes work to understand my way of thinking but I am confident that there is benefit. I hope to always be open to the best way of thinking. I hope to continue to understand and grow more… but for the moment what follows is what I feel tonight and I hope it’s inspired for this moment.

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Just a quick take about tripods.
It seems that starting off photographers get a few cheap tripods until they realize they don’t use them because they don’t work like they want them to. In the end they get a nice one… but they’ve wasted a lot of money on the other ones in the mean time.
For a small camera it won’t matter as much. But the bigger the camera the more important.

You must remember that these opinions come from someone that doesn’t like to use tripods much. I feel very limited using one and I do so much documentive style of photography, not a lot of setup type stuff.

But i certainly know when they come in handy and when I couldn’t survive without one. 

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John

Got a random question for you.

dealing with Tri pods.

7:41pmScott

ok

7:42pmJohn

Is there much I need to consider when buying one? I’m getting a Nikon D90 with the 18-200mm lense and wonder if I need to look for a specific kind of tri pod.

I’m going for light and portable as I want to get out and hike with it.

any suggestions? or things to look for?

7:43pmScott

hiking?

maybe just a gorilla pod

because here’s the thing about tripods

the cheap ones SUCK

and the expensive ones you’ll actually use

but they’re expensive

photographers often skimp on the first 3-4

7:44pmJohn

gorilla pod?

7:44pmScott

and finally pay the money and get one they actually use

just a thought on the gorilla pod

i don’t actually own one

but hiking with a tripod can be a pain for some folk

gitzo tripods are nice to hike with… but they are the most expensive of the bunch

a mono pod could be a good option for a hiker

and you can get a decent one for a lot less than a tripod

7:46pmJohn

I live in Southern Utah. So getting out is something i really want to do.

7:46pmScott

but it all depends on the type of shots

if it’s long exposure then a good tripod is a must

7:47pmJohn

yeah

7:47pmScott

cheap ones don’t cut it

7:47pmJohn

makes sense.

7:47pmScott

it’s when you switch to portrait orientation is where the problems start to happen

because it has to deal with the weight of the camera more so

sorry to tell you there isn’t a cheat on the tripods… at least not that I know of

7:48pmJohn

right. the weight of the camera is what I wonder with the cheap ones.

7:48pmScott

if you do find one it’d be helpful to know

7:48pmJohn

I don’t want to risk dropping it.

7:48pmScott

yes they have a much more secure system for locking in the camera on the nicer tripods

makes you much more confident

7:49pmJohn

Yeah.

Ok, well, that does help. Thanks.

 

BIG TIME ADVICE
As you look for photographers it’s an overlooked thing but talking to past clientel can be extremely helpful.
Try to make sure it’s open and not canned (where they give you one name only)
Make sure that you feel like you could talk with anyone and have a truthful knowledge of what that photographer might be like.

Satisfaction 100%
I have never had an upset or dissatisfied client and they often vigorously recomend me but the world and even the state is a large place and we are not as interconnected as we believe.

Getting the word out
Therefore… To better help me in this area of informing potential clients…
I just started a Business Page on FaceBook 3 days ago
I welcome reviews of every type
I feel confident that anyone could message anyone of the registered fans and ask them what they think about me and my work.
Right now past clients and other fans are trickling in and joining more and more every day.

This page also will be another option to display my work and keep in touch with the admirers of my work