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  • How to Become a Portrait Photographer in 2023 (Unfinished)

    Table of Contents: Intro First Camera What Next? Learning Rules Initial Photo Goals Curbing Expectations Common Mistakes Traps to Avoid Working With Models Editing Instagram/Tiktok/Social Media Intro This page is supposed to take you from a beginner that's never used a camera with manual settings, into a self sufficient photographer that can grow on their own. As a mostly self taught photographer that's been shooting since 2010, and as a full time professional, I feel comfortable in giving advice since I've personally gone through the growing pains. I'm mostly writing this for my friends who occasionally ask me for advice. Occasionally, there's people that ask me about how to learn photography and I'm hoping this guide can be of help. Note: I'm a portrait photographer that only specializes in photos of people. Everything written here will assume your main subject in your photos is a human model. First Camera Starting all the way from the beginning, a very common question you'll see in this community is "which camera should I get?" Short answer: it doesn't matter Longer answer: it really depends on what you're doing For all intents and purposes, I'll just assume you want to do the most common thing that portrait photographers want to do when they first start, taking photos of cute girls (lol). My first suggestion is a 35mm film camera with a 50mm prime lens. This is the best way to get familiar with the most basic aspects of photography. I know this suggestion can be quite controversial in 2023 due to the high prices of film/developing+scanning/ film cameras, and the fact that film cameras don't have the conveniences provided by digital cameras, but let me explain. The first advantage of learning on film is that it's easier to learn the basics of the light triangle. This diagram above is used to explain the three aspects of a camera that makes up the exposure of an image. I won't go into details here, but there's a billion videos on this subject on Youtube, or you can click on the image and it'll take you to an article on the exposure triangle. Film's advantage is that your ISO is hard set on the film speed that you put into your camera. So if you buy a roll of Portra 400, you'll be shooting at ISO 400 for the entire roll. Shooting film helps you avoid forming bad habits that learning on digital promotes. When you learn first on digital, it's very common to see people picking up bad habits such as holding down the shutter to take a million photos every time they turn on the camera. Over reliances on auto features will also slow down the understanding of the basics. Flip out screens also promote poor shooting form. All these negative things I've pointed out can be smoothed out with time, but it's better to just avoid forming the bad habits in the first place. The upfront costs of film photography is way lower than digital cameras. Today, I see no reason to buy a digital camera under $1500 when iPhones will comfortably out perform these cheap crippled chunks of plastic. A good condition camera should run you $150 max, while a roll of film+processing+scanning is around $45 per roll. Doing the math, you'll have around 18 rolls of 35mm film to shoot before you hit the 1k mark. You also don't have to buy all the film at once, maybe you want to try out different ISOs or types of film. It could also be a case of just wanting to stop all together, if that's the case it's a good thing you didn't buy a low end camera that will just gather dust in the closet. Lastly, film just looks BETTER. The digital glazers can suck a fat one. There's a reason why everyone sells film LUTs/Presets, and the noobs gobble it up like a thanksgiving turkey. If you already have a digital camera, feel free to use it. Just set a max limit to the number of frames you shoot in one session. You can't get through the editing when you first start off. I personally suggest shooting a max of 50 photos and having all your settings on manual except auto focus. Also use the viewfinder rather than the screen when you're framing the subject. Just overall make sure you shoot SLOWER and with more THOUGHT. FOR THE LOVE OF GOD DON'T SPRAY AND PRAY LIKE A LUNATIC THAT ONLY HOLDS DOWN THE SHUTTER AND THEN GOES HOME TO SIFT THROUGH THE 2000 PHOTOS THEY TOOK THAT DAY. What Next? Now that you have a camera, it's time to use it. Just start with taking photos of your friends and family. They're the most available people in your life and for most things in photography, convenience and comfort usually prevail. When you're ready to graduate to shooting strangers, feel free to branch out by asking people on the street. You also might have local events/meetups where you can hangout and shoot with other local photographers. These types of things are usually a good way to meet friends and experience a more local community. Instagram/TikTok/Social Media Social media and art will always have a rocky relationship. In this day and age you'll need to have a social media presence if you want to work with more people. It's the easiest way to connect with models/other photographers, and it's the best way to showcase your work since it's the most visible place to be. On the flip side, social media can be very toxic to your mental especially when you're first learning. It's frustrating to see all these other people creating awesome images and then you can't help but compare yourself. Don't get hung up on these things and get lost in the sauce. These guys usually have multiple years on you. Instagram As a photographer, having Instagram is an absolute necessity. It's still the dominant platform for photographers to connect with models. The most frustrating part of it all when you first start is definitely getting rejections/no replies from models. If you're new, don't expect to get many opportunities to shoot with models if you just randomly DM them on Instagram, but at the same time shoot your shot. It's better to get used to the rejection earlier rather than later. Don't forget that everyone is a clout demon these days, getting those numbers up will help out with getting opportunities. TikTok Focus on one thing at a time, don't make the mistake of switching back and forth between photos and videos. You'll only learn each twice as slow. It's fine if you want to drop photography for videography, there's no shame in this. Just don't split your focus and then end up half-assed in both. However, I do think making TikToks get harder as you get more experienced. The popular stuff is supposed to appeal to people with little to no experience, and most of the work isn't very technically or artistically inspiring. Maybe if your goal is to be a TikTok star, it actually might be right to hop on video making once you're comfortable with shooting with a stranger constantly. Btw, follow me pls. I need all the clout I can get ^.^

  • Jin and Darren's Intimate Morning Elopement at Shelldance Orchid Gardens: A Fairytale Come to Life

    Weddings are the epitome of love, commitment and happiness. For Jin and Darren, their special day was about celebrating their love in a small and intimate setting surrounded by nature and close family and friends. The couple exchanged vows in a beautiful elopement style wedding at the green house of Shelldance Orchid Gardens in Pacifica, California. The Shelldance Orchid Gardens, located in Pacifica, California, is a hidden gem surrounded by lush greenery and stunning views of the ocean. The green house, where Jin and Darren said "I do", was a perfect backdrop for their fairy-tale wedding. The natural light streaming in through the glass roof, the vibrant colors of the orchids and the peaceful ambiance made it a magical setting for the couple to exchange their vows. Jin and Darren opted for an early morning wedding, which added to the intimacy and serenity of the event. They exchanged vows in a small ceremony, surrounded by close friends and family, in the presence of nature. The couple's love for each other was palpable and the quiet, peaceful surroundings only added to the emotional atmosphere. The bride, Jin, looked stunning in her simple yet elegant wedding dress, which complimented the natural surroundings perfectly. Darren, the groom, was dressed in a classic suit and looked dashing as he stood at the alter, waiting for his bride to walk down the aisle. The couple exchanged vows in a heart-warming ceremony, filled with laughter, tears, and love, surrounded by close family and friends. The couple's morning elopement at the Shelldance Orchid Gardens was truly a fairy-tale come to life. The intimate setting, surrounded by nature and close family and friends, allowed them to focus on their love and commitment to each other. It was a day filled with happiness and joy, and the memories of this special day will surely last a lifetime. In conclusion, if you are looking for an intimate, beautiful, and serene setting for your wedding, the Shelldance Orchid Gardens in Pacifica, California is a must-visit. The green house at the gardens is a perfect venue for a small elopement style wedding, surrounded by the beauty of nature and close family and friends. So, go ahead and make your fairy-tale come to life just like Jin and Darren did! Keywords: Jin and Darren's Wedding, Intimate Wedding, Elopement Style Wedding, Shelldance Orchid Gardens, Pacifica California, Green House, Morning Wedding, Fairy-tale Wedding, Nature-filled Wedding, Serene Setting, Love, Commitment, Happiness, Close Family and Friends.

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