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I'm really excited today

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Mudplucker
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Message posted at 02/21/2013, 11:08:38 AM by Mudplucker
because i cleaned for one of my rich customers this morning (i am owner/operator of a carpet cleaning business) and he and his wife are senior citizens but they are the rich, classy looking type. He thinks he and his wife will definitely be interested in modeling for me. He is gonna ask his wife about it, but thinks she'll be thrilled to do it. They have a gym in their house and everything, so lots of good shooting space. They also have marvelous big windows and lots of light too. They both also play golf, so more shots on the golf course ! I'm still a couple months away from getting rolling on this because i am still honing the lighting techniques and need to buy another lens (85mm 1.8) to add to my 50mm 1.8 on my T2i crop factor camera. Between the 2 that outta give me good indoor and outdoor people shots using a tripod,,,,, anyway, just wanted to share the fact that i am working the model leads and i plan to be a major player in this business if i can be lucky enough...
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Dieniti
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Message posted at 02/21/2013, 11:53:37 AM by Dieniti
Congrats!
Would be nice to see more pictures from you ;-)
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Drsmoky
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Message posted at 02/21/2013, 11:55:16 AM by Drsmoky
That's good idea ... good luck ...
Let us know how is the book "Taking Stock" ... I'm looking for good book too :-)
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Clearvista
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Message posted at 02/21/2013, 12:11:12 PM by Clearvista
That is great-lots of opportunities, good luck with that.
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Wisconsinart
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Message posted at 02/21/2013, 12:15:48 PM by Wisconsinart
Purchase a remote shutter release and you can submit pictures of a guy cleaning carpets...
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Message posted at 02/21/2013, 14:06:46 PM by Robinstockphotos
Well, take care of the distortion caused by lenses of small focal lengths and small subject distance. You're going to be in trouble if she looks ugly with a fat face. ;)
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Mudplucker
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Message posted at 02/21/2013, 15:12:24 PM by Mudplucker
Robinstockphotos: please tell me more about distortion caused by lenses of small focal lengths and small subject distance. I need to know everything you can tell me about that.

I have been told by someone with thousands of model shots online that a 50mm 1.4 with a 1.6x crop factor camera is virtually a close match to what they use at basically no cost. That gives an effective 85mm focal length. I do not have the 1.4, but rather the 1.8 (but I'll make the switch to 1.4 if i find it to be necessary)

The 85mm 1.8 will give me an effective prime lens focal length of 136mm and should be a great unit for outdoors scenes, golf course people shoots, etc....

and luckily my 2 senior citizens are tall and lean and perfectly suited for stock, otherwise i'd have never mentioned it to them, lol :)

lastly, I am working on my own special recipe of finishing touches in Photoshop to match what the magazines are filling their pages with...
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Myersct
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Message posted at 02/21/2013, 16:34:02 PM by Myersct
Congrats! Can't wait to see how this works out for you.
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Enigmacypher
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Message posted at 02/21/2013, 23:01:29 PM by Enigmacypher
You are the owner and operator of a carpet cleaning business? Lots of stock photo ops there....


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Lenutaidi
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Message posted at 02/22/2013, 12:50:02 PM by Lenutaidi
Congrats!Predict that you do a lot of good pictures for stock!Good luck with that!


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Message posted at 02/22/2013, 14:43:29 PM by Robinstockphotos
Regarding distortion:
Have you seen what happens in a fisheye lens or...a wide angle lens when you photograph parallel lines? If the lines are close to the lens, they would appear bent outwards. Try it and see. This distortion effect is very minor if subject is located at the centre of the frame.

What the person said about 50mm lens is that, if the 35mm equivalent focal length of the lens is quite high, then you would not get distortions of any noticeable degree.
If you used 55mm (35mm equiv) focal length very close to the subject...and the subjects face is at the centre of the frame, the subject's nose would be enlarged and the whole face would be rounded. You wouldn't notice it really, but the face would look totally ugly. You'd keep wondering whatever happened.
Suppose you used a 100mm lens of some aperture wider than f/2.4 (they are really expensive but popular with portrait photographers), you would get a smaller distortion of shape at the same subject distance plus a good background blur if you want. I recall a photo from Yuri Arcurs you had posted and the model had her feet blurred. That is really easy if you have f/2.4 at a small subject distance @100 or 150mm (35mm equiv) lens.

Basically, distortion is a problem when you use wide angle lens at a close range. The best focal length for this is 100mm, where you would get good background blurs without much trouble plus a very low distortion even at close range.

I found this photo shot at 18mm. Look at the bent towers. At 55mm it wouldn't be as severe, but still enough to make someone ugly.
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Mudplucker
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Message posted at 02/22/2013, 16:46:54 PM by Mudplucker
Robinstockphotos: THANKS !! Now what about my 50mm 1.8 being on a 1.6x crop factor camera ? That means it is now effectively an 80mm lens, thereby reducing this effect. Am i correct in assuming this ?

And also, i am planning to buy the 85mm 1.8 Canon lens which for me (with my T2i) will be the equivalent of 136mm lens.

That was something new for me, thanks for the info !!!!!
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Mudplucker
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Message posted at 02/22/2013, 17:03:50 PM by Mudplucker
Enigmacypher: I do have lots of carpet cleaning shots already planned. Those are some of my first shots coming out. I tried some self shots but the focus is not up to my new high level of standards that i am just getting ready to implement... maybe i should have shot those 6 months ago, :)
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Message posted at 02/23/2013, 02:31:04 AM by Robinstockphotos
Yeah, anything more than 100mm is totally safe. You can use the 50mmX1.6 too without trouble, just make sure you're quite far away from the subject. You can check the distortion yourself. Shoot your own photo at the closest focusing distance of the lens and shoot another from 10m away. Then crop the photo around only the face and compare the shapes. If you don't notice anything, then 50mmX1,6 is doing good for you.
I don't have proper models or lighting so I haven't uploaded anything here yet. Maybe next year...

And don't set any standards right now. If you do, you'll only lose many potentially great photos. Just shoot and upload. When they reject it, then raise the standards and reupload with a better version. I still keep getting a terrible amount of rejections. haha! But I'm too new into stock.
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Mudplucker
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Message posted at 02/24/2013, 21:06:54 PM by Mudplucker
Robinstockphotos: I'm getting plenty of rejections too, but mainly because right now i do like you say: I upload even if i think it is borderline, or maybe even below that...

But once i start uploading photos of people shots, it is going to be EXTREMELY important for me to only upload ones that i think are on par with the top stock photographers. Main reason is: Any customers that happen upon my people shots, i need them to come back for more of themm and maybe even pass my name along. So i can't afford to have a situation where they may or may not get a good photo. And i need to groom myself to start being more picky, which will force me to slow down, plan ahead for shoots and follow a written workflow... see my newest post about my newest lens purchase coming to this forum later tonight...
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Message posted at 02/25/2013, 02:08:40 AM by Robinstockphotos
I did. Yeah, plenty of people shots out there and mostly by full time professionals. You need to be tight with it. Otherwise a 500 online with 30 sales. There are that type of ports. Take care. Good luck. :)
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