Looking Professional

5 years 11 months ago #589370 by toodefmark
So I am getting some attention as a photographer and have paid work lined up.  However despite having the creativity and an obvious eye for it, I don't have the technical foundation and am not right up on Photoshop, Lightroom etc. Still learning. I don't want to look amateur at the meeting for some fairly substantial work and need to know things like.....What are industry standard formats and sizes for say billboard, magazine etc. so I don't embarress myself and lose it.


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5 years 11 months ago #589463 by garyrhook
You're not proficient at post tools, nor understand resolution and sizes, and you're getting paid?

Do you not see a problem here?


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5 years 11 months ago #589472 by toodefmark
I do but have the eye, creativity and equipment to get noticed. I'm learning post production fast, but yes you're right. That's why I'm asking advice


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5 years 11 months ago #589473 by toodefmark
And we all have to start somewhere right?


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5 years 11 months ago #589477 by garyrhook
Cart -> Horse

Of course we all start somewhere. But I'm not a fan of charging customers to learn my craft.  That said, if you found suckers victims clients will to do so, good on you.

You want to do a web search (i.e. research) on viewing distance and resolution. You need to understand that large things require a lot of data, which is why some commercial work is done with medium format cameras.

Print publications will have their own requirements for resolution and format. You may be able to start off with having as much resolution as possible. I don't know if mags work at 300 dpi or what, but you need to bone up on printing, color space, and stuff like that.

Best.


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5 years 11 months ago #589514 by toodefmark
Thanx for that. I will look into it. Most of the work is product placement and since I travel a lot and climb I get some unique photo opps. They always end up with a great set of shots but you're right, I want to behave responsibly and make sure they're getting the files they need and are paying for. Mostly the shots are blown up for advertising placements, so I use RAW for everything.


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5 years 10 months ago #595614 by Nikon Shooter
Lots of talented amateurs are killing the trade by trying to go too
fast. If you want to "look like a pro", be one = do your homework!

Sorry if this sounds harsh. B)

Light is free… capturing it is not!
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5 years 7 months ago #611714 by loveharp

Nikon Shooter wrote: Lots of talented amateurs are killing the trade by trying to go too
fast. If you want to "look like a pro", be one = do your homework!

Sorry if this sounds harsh. B)


I agree that we have to be a pro but I think online persona should just be as good as your skills as well. Many people often look at how photographers are packaged online these days.


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