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« on: July 30, 2016, 4:10 PM »

Often wondered how we all deal with our imagery, do you take photos for pleasure? or for clients? just for yourself? for exhibitions or galleries. paid or unpaid work? for newspapers? - do you prefer to use a photosuite more than taking the photos or perhaps the other way round...

Its no secret that I have made a living from photography before retiring, and since. Very often being frowned upon over the years - just a jobber, or he's press, just a wedding tog oh he only does sports, etc. The point being I've made a living, and its been good to me, so I tend not to be put in a corner. My advice go for it.

So how do you deal with the negative - and what do you do with your imagery???
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« Reply #1 on: July 30, 2016, 4:29 PM »

I take photos for pleasure - my own pleasure but if someone else likes them it's a bonus.

I've also found that as I use Photoshop Elements to catalogue my photos I also use them as a diary and to find out when I last visited a place.  Invaluable when OH and I disagree!  Wink

Some of my pictures are taken at Local National Trust Group social events and are uploaded to their website or printed in their newsletter (of which I am editor).
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« Reply #2 on: July 31, 2016, 1:58 PM »



So how do you deal with the negative - and what do you do with your imagery???

I store the negatives in purpose made sheets in A4 ring binders in my darkroom  Grin.

I have three (at least) distinct types of photos.

1. Those I take for myself. I don't care what others think of them, they reflect my view of the world and that's that. They're all taken with a 5x4 camera (preferably) or 120 film in 6x7 or 6x6. Digital can't meet my standards and requirements. They're intended for printing to 12x16/A3 size at the smallest. I'll develop, scan and print digitally, taking as much trouble as it takes to get the print I envisaged before I released the shutter. On a particularly profligate day in the Highlands of Scotland I once made 6 exposures - but that was machine gunning by my standards. For what it's worth, I have sold through a local gallery.

2. Those I take as holiday snaps or records of days out. Usually with a Sony a7r or a7rii, hardly ever printed, and not much care lavished on composition or anything much beyond getting an image recorded.

3. I've been involved with some voluntary groups and have produced photographs for them. Mainly Friends of Hove Park, whose web site I produce. I've generally tried to be creative with photos that weren't purely made as a record but haven't worried overmuch about technical matters (aperture priority auto with manual focus lenses on the Sony; sometimes exposure compensation applied).

4. Really a spin off from the others. I've been producing magazine articles for a while for a local magazine and illustrating with my photos. More recently, a series on photography. I've also produced the cover photo for over a dozen issues.

On the taking/editing side, I start from having decided what I want the print to look like when I'm considering the subject, so I make all the decisions about composition and exposure at the start. I don't take multiple shots from different positions and pick the best of the bunch, because I'm confident that I've got the best camera position I can when I set up the tripod. After that, I regard everything else as a hard slog to get to the print; both darkroom and Photoshop are necessary evils that have to be met. The fun part is being out and looking for images and viewing the final finished print. Everything in between is just hard work.
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« Reply #3 on: August 3, 2016, 3:02 PM »

Great replies ChrisAnn and Stephen, many thanks for the comments, seems we are the only few who wish to comment on how and why we do what we do.

Superb job from ChrisAnn
- pictures are taken at Local National Trust Group social events and are uploaded to their website or printed in their newsletter.
And also from Stephen
- I've been producing magazine articles for a while for a local magazine and illustrating with my photos. More recently, a series on photography.

Great work guys my kind of photographers - using photography to help, promote and teach others - passing the knowledge and passion on....
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« Reply #4 on: August 4, 2016, 2:00 PM »

I've come to this subject a bit late but it's made me stop and think so quite helpful really.

I'm pretty much self taught with the exception of a short landscape photography course a couple of years ago just after I semi-retired from paid work.  The tutor is a local professional who shoots a lot on Dartmoor and I also went out on the moor with him for a day with a couple of other folks.  I found both experiences really helpful and felt that I did learn quite a lot.

I started out in the hobby nearly 40 years ago when we took delivery of our firstborn and at the same time I was introduced to the world of B&W film processing and developing using my in-laws cellar as a makeshift darkroom.  Life then took over and with a growing family and a busy working life photography took a back seat until I bought my first digital camera around 2003.

I have used Elements for most of my processing and just moved to Lightroom as my digital filing is terrible.

I take photos for my own enjoyment but also recently joined the local photographic club where I have managed to win a couple of cups as well as taking part in an annual exhibition in the local museum for the past two years.  I would love to try my hand at freelance or something on the commercial side but not got around to pursuing this yet.
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« Reply #5 on: August 4, 2016, 6:38 PM »

Hi Tivvyphoto
''I would love to try my hand at freelance or something on the commercial side but not got around to pursuing this yet.''
If it helps one of the easiest ways into freelance is to supply local images on local events for your area, perhaps the local fete or images around your town, yes it may be a tad slow at first, but once your name gets out there, you tend to have the phone calls for images.
Cant fault you going for it mate....
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« Reply #6 on: August 7, 2016, 2:49 PM »

Hello Kev

I've been into photography for many years and was taught all about B and W processing by a guy just like yourself - an enthusiast who turned pro - he used to travel all over the North of England in his Robin Reliant taking shots of shop fronts! That and weddings gave him a good living, and a happy one.

I've never really considered going down the pro route but used to sell pics to local sports clubs - I turned up at their games on Saturday or Sunday mornings, shot off a roll of HP5 and sent them a sheet of contacts and my telephone number. It was usually the team photos that sold well!

The thought of doing someone's wedding would give me a nightmare - the responsibility is very great and I shudder at the quality of some of the wedding photographs I see, taken by people who think that they are good photographers. It's a specialist job and should be left to those who are specialists!

I used to supply the local newspaper with sports pics which were well received over the years but never sought payment and they never offered, but I was satisfied with the arrangement.

I made a few bob from illustrating my own articles in a national trade mag and had several front covers - they often asked me for specific topics to cover articles by other contributors and paid well - even got paid for a front cover pic of a car parked on a pavement!

I now take photographs for my pleasure and that of my wife who loves copies of our holiday photographs on her laptop.

Processing-wise, the real buzz to me is pressing the button - seeing the photograph and grabbing it - either quickly or more slowly if time permits. Having said that, we have just returned from a Scottish trip with 600 images and I will spend quite a few weeks processing these to get the best from them, and enjoying every minute of it.

For me Photography has been a lifelong hobby going back to Mam's box Brownie, and I am glad that I have been able to keep it just that.

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« Reply #7 on: August 7, 2016, 4:15 PM »

Cant fault you Ron, a hobby that gives a buzz, now that's passion. I know what you mean about weddings I gave up doing those years ago, I do the odd few for family and Friends, but they do drive you mad.

Local paper, sport pics and illustrating your own articles in a national trade mag

terrifc job pipeman - best way to get into press and publishing - by doing a great job

many thanks for the response Ron - cracking CV mate.
 


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« Reply #8 on: August 18, 2016, 2:59 PM »

I have just revisited this thread Kev, and would add an important item.

I have scanned all my late mother's family photographs and distributed them amongst the current family, and I keep a running folio of all the pics I take of my own family and copy them to my sons and brothers - it is important that these record photographs are not lost to future generations as not that many photographs are printed out these days.
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