well, you know how's it goes.
well, you know how's it goes.
D3s / D3x / 18-55 f3.5 - 5.6 / 55-200 f3.5-5.6 / 50 f1.8
As a customer I am more than happy to hire him/her as the wedding photographer. Wedding photography as in any business is a "Supply & Demand" model. If someone is willing to offer excellent services at an economical price, he would definitively get more business than others.
Perhaps I don't know the wedding market that well but from where I'm coming from, a project can take up to weeks to complete so quality is tied closely to pricing (at least from the instances I can see). Given the amount of time we have to spend on location, this realisation of under cutting is not the way to go will surface faster. Clients are getting smarter (I hope) and with that, they know better.
Case in point..... I was told by a client of mine that I had quoted 20 times higher than the next guy (he showed me the e-mail)..... 20 times!! I happily told him that there was no way I can compete with that and he should give the job to him if that price was right..... and he did. 2 weeks later, I got a call from the client........ I can only hope that every client that comes my way is like him.
All the best to you.
to be honest, i don't know.. there is after all, not much replacement in the "pro" class for a sigma 10-20.
even a 5d mark II with 17-40.. well, i've seen many of landscape shots from that lens, the barrel distortion is just a bit of tilt upwards and hey presto, you get a very shapely horizon.
Going digital (instead of film) had no doubt make it easier for newcomer to pick up the skill. Even if only a few may turn Pros, that is also a substantial number of PGs. If they are willing to ask for lesser than the season PGs and offer similar services than I would say it is good for the customer.
Last edited by Anson; 19th October 2009 at 09:49 PM.
Rich Hobbyist - IMO, he is the one who doesn't care about what others think or say - he just gets what he needs and what he wants. Only those who are inferior would want to try to show off and try to impress others. Those who are rich and those who have "arrived" dun need to show anything. They know they are there already.
In a model shoot, I have encountered one chap with a D3 and a 24-70 lens, but was not even able to get proper focus. Well, he just thought that by buying an expensive cam and expensive lens is enough to give him great pictures. The reality is that the D3 is simply too complex for this chap.
Do not be afraid [of ghost and bullies] Shoot them......
I just brought up what I know about how lowend wedding photographers able to sustain in their business model. No saying I'm adopt such business model.
since so many photographers say can shooting wedding with passion, I'm sure you will see many of them.....
i think even rich hobbist know where to spend their money. meaning even if they have the $$ they might not want to get a gold ring lens.
and some pros. shoot with only primes.
and many pros in the (esp in the sports area) uses lens no one will buy - 600mm 500mm...etc etc. they themselves also dun buy....most of the time sponsored by company.
Last edited by Anson; 20th October 2009 at 09:00 PM.
Given that a professional or experienced amateur wedding photographer with minimal gear (even if it might be a kit lens) knows how to;
1. Talk it off.
2. Produce otherwise believed...
I think it's not an issue at all. Certainly better than high-price for high-gear attitude. I ever once encountered a middle-aged photographer who loudly said "Photographer with 1DsIII of course must have 1DsIII type pricing." at Orient Photo.
This isn't driving taxi.
for pre wedding portrait, customer demand touch up on each prints, usually touch up work are farm out, as touch up prints is already a full time job, the market price for touching up on a 8x10 print is $18.00, on neg is $50 and above, nobody touch up on 35mm neg btw, only 120 neg.
this is how nobody will ask for touch up on AD wedding photos back than.
as in today, since everybody has digital cameras, since everybody has photoshops, since everybody love to shoot weddings, so everybody touch up for wedding customers for free happily.