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Dawn T. Palmerley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2005
 

Group discussion and support


I just wanted to start a discussion group of people who just want to chat about anything and everything to do with photography. And just support eachother!!


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2/13/2006 11:01:03 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  Would be nice if there were a website for that.


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2/13/2006 11:34:18 PM

 
Justin G.
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/13/2004
  photosig, apug, photo.net


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2/13/2006 11:48:06 PM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  How about Betterphoto.com??


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2/14/2006 5:37:17 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  There is plenty of web sites for that including betterphoto.com.

the best thing to me is to browes through the different threads on the types of photography that intrest you.
I have been active on 4 hundred and some odd threads from portraits to landscape subjects.
Chris and Gregory are also quite active here involved with a lot of subjects.
most are very inviting and you will get a lot of info from the people here.
you may not agree with it all but the info is here and very excepting of eveyone who wants to join in.
I do hope this helps,


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2/14/2006 6:25:50 AM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  Dawn,
Sorry if Gregory & I sounded a bit sarcastic. But seriously, chat & support about anything and everything to do with photography is pretty much why most of us are here.

Feel free to start a thread about anything, and you're bound to find someone who'll join in. The categories that you have to choose from when you post are just guidelines, as far as I'm concerned. I think most of us "regular contributors" check all new questions, not just particular categories.

At least that's what I do.

Welcome aboard!

Chris


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2/14/2006 10:24:49 AM

 
Dawn T. Palmerley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2005
  Hi,

Sorry, but I just wanted a place to chat where the "leader" isn't ragging about everything because she/he didn't start or intend for the conversation to change into something that she/he didn't start. Some people in here (not saying any names) seem to be like that and it's not fair to people who just want to have a conversation and discuss interests and talents and also once in a while get a "pat" on the back from others.


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2/14/2006 7:01:50 PM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  Dawn,
I know some of the discussions can get heated here at times, but it's usually on big topics that people have really strong feelings about.

We can have lighthearted chats, too. Some people around here are even funny.

Give it a shot. Start a topic and see what happens.

Chris


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2/14/2006 7:27:16 PM

 
Dawn T. Palmerley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2005
  Well Chris....
let's see if anyone wants to talk about......poses for portraits and set up. Any ideas? For example, I have a session coming up with a 2 yr old and 8 week old sisters. I don't have much for backdrops either. A huge light blue one and basic fabric here and there, whites, pinks, etc. I'm trying to figure out how to work this out.
Any suggestions would be great!


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2/14/2006 7:32:36 PM

 
Brendan Knell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/17/2005
  Dawn, a good thread to ask that question on would be the "Studio Photographers #17"


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2/14/2006 7:46:48 PM

 
Dawn T. Palmerley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2005
  Yeah, I'm part of that one too. But I'm finding that I'm not getting answers. So I figured I would try another place.


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2/14/2006 7:47:59 PM

 
Nobu Nagase
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/31/2003
  I may be wrong on this but I thought there is a Yahoo Group of very close knit bunch of BP'ers here. I don't know who is moderating one... Someone posted a thread about it once.

It would be good if there is a group like it but it has to be open to wider general audience. To be successful for this, however, it has to have a good moderator, the task sometimes may not be easy nor simple.

BP does not facilitate a chat group, I believe you will have to start a Yahoo Group or something similar.

As others stated above, this Q&A board works well most of the time for many people.


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2/14/2006 7:50:57 PM

 
Dawn T. Palmerley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2005
  I don't understand why I can't start it here. (????)
Just a place where someone can come in, mention somthing that happened to them, or whatever (photographically speaking of course) or stuff they're having difficulties with or need opinions on. I don't want to go into individual topics for that because it's too time consuming for one, and it's nice to get to know the same people as you're going along.
Make sense?


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2/14/2006 7:58:24 PM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  Dawn,
I'll think about your photo shoot and try to post something tomorrow. It's time for bed.

Hope everyone had a Happy Valentine's Day.

Chris


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2/14/2006 8:03:34 PM

 
Dawn T. Palmerley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2005
  Thanks Chris!!
Goodnight and Happy Valentines Day!!

HAPPY VALENTINES TO EVERYONE!!


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2/14/2006 8:05:36 PM

 
Amy JACKSON
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/24/2005
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  Hi Dawn,
I don't have much of an idea as far as poses go, but I took a picture of my baby once and took the toy bar off of his bouncy chair and draped a velour throw it for something to sit him on. Hope this helps any!

Amy


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2/14/2006 8:23:36 PM

 
Nobu Nagase
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/31/2003
  I see now what you are getting at..., something like Studio-Photography thing... I am not a portrait person and I don't know what's going on there but, it seems to be very active.
If there is enough interests in what you have in mind for discussion, it will work.


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2/14/2006 8:23:45 PM

 
Dawn T. Palmerley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2005
  Amy- Thanks! That's a good idea. I did that for my oldest son (5) when he was a baby also. I totally forgot about that thing. I think I got rid of it, I'll have to find another one.


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2/14/2006 8:27:17 PM

 
Brenda  D. 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/27/2005
  Dawn, I know how you feel ive ask too and havent gotten any response I would love to know more about posing but cant find a thread on JUST posing ideas. will your photos be for easter or are they just for photo sake ?


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2/14/2006 8:42:37 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
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  Get them big hats and just wait. Time to change the subject.


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2/14/2006 9:04:00 PM

 
Brenda  D. 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/27/2005
  we can have more than one subject :)


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2/14/2006 9:35:53 PM

 
Dawn T. Palmerley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2005
  No, if I change the subject now, I won't get an answer will I!! lol
That's the problem with other threads.
Anyone here can start another subject. Go ahead!

Brenda- it's just for pictures.


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2/15/2006 12:24:09 AM

 
Christopher A. Vedros
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/14/2005
  Gregory, that's the opposite of helping.


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2/15/2006 4:40:29 AM

 

BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/28/2003
  Dawn, it's funny that you bring this up because I hate reading a discussion that goes all over the place. it drives me insane. I like a nice organized website where the content of each discussion is easily searchable and I can get to it. it's not about todays discussion, it's about being able to get to that content a year from now and being able to understand it and follow it. what you are describing is a blog or something similar. that's fine, but it doesn't work. just like the stream of conciousness crap that failed in the 60's when everyone was writing books with no puctuation, no real point, and no real thought. just a stream of random thoughts. while it seems neat, it sucks to read through all that crap and figure out what the point was. Jack Kerouak (SP?) did it about the best, I guess. at least he was interesting. but, it just can't work because someone jumping in has to read thru a bunch of useless stuff to get to the one tiny nugget they wanted. Where, had the discussions bee organized, it would have been found quickly.

sorry I can't help with the photography question. I don't use pre-made backgrounds. I just use a fence, or wall, or tree, or grass, or meadow, or sand, or rocks, or air, or cars, or streets, or buildings, you get the idea. I used a background once, well, it was a sheet, and it turned out ok, but I dont dig that look. it usually looks contrived. very few photogrpahers can pull that off.

why can't you take the kids out to a park and just have them play and photograph them playing. I also love to do things where I follow the kids down the street, like at a strip mall, or whatever, and photograph them getting an ice cream cone, and stuff like that. just natural everyday stuff. break the mold.

check out my blog for some ideas on this http://frazierphotography.wordpress.com


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2/15/2006 6:15:31 AM

 
Brenda  D. 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/27/2005
  Dawn, I get stuck on posing ideas too so what I usually do is go to a JCPennys site or popular photo site and look at the poses and turn some of thier ideas into my own once I get an idea on some posing positions, I add my own touch to it.with the eight week old baby you could cover her baby carrier in a soft plush fabric , then have the older child next to her ,maybe kissing her on the head or maybe include a few of the girls own toys to make it easier on the children.


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2/15/2006 7:15:21 AM

 
Sharon  Day
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/27/2004
  I'm in several photography oriented Yahoo groups. If interested you can email me through my gallery and I'll give you a link to one I enjoy.


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2/15/2006 8:55:35 AM

 
Dawn T. Palmerley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2005
  The mom wants the photos taken in studio setting. It's still very cold here so the outdoors is out of the question. But I got some good tips here so I'll just keep studying other photographs. Thanks guys!!
Oh and I'm still going through galleries but so far I've see some great work here!!! Way to go!!!


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2/15/2006 9:09:56 AM

 
Melissa Farnsworth
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/5/2005
  I have a bean bag chair that I like to use for infants. I just cover it up with differnt material that I get at walmart. I think the idea of the big sis giving the little sis a kiss is really cute. I am not real sure about what other poses you could try with the both of them together since the oldest is only two. My daughter had just turn 3 when my son was born and she was able to hold him during their first pictures together. But we also have one that is my all time favorite with my son laying down my daughter is leaning over him kissing his nose with no props at all just fabric that my son was laying on.
And I like the idea Brenda had about looking at other photography websites to get posing ideas.


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2/15/2006 9:17:29 AM

 
Dawn T. Palmerley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2005
  Melissa- That's a great idea about the bean bag chair. Thanks!!


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2/15/2006 9:23:18 AM

 
Michelle Ross
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/1/2004
  Hi Dawn . . . I don't have many answers right now but will join in when I can . . . as far as Yahoo .. . I am a member of one thread there and it is great but I just don't like the format to read it all in ... I like BP format much better!


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2/15/2006 9:31:53 AM

 
Brenda  D. 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/27/2005
  Dawn , I hope you find what your looking for . I have a posing problem too but after all the sites i've loked in I can't find posing for 30ish couples , its a 20th high school reunion , i'll be doing a group shot plus couples and I dont want them to look "promish" any body got any ideas? thanks Dawn this is a good thread:)


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2/15/2006 9:36:01 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
 
 
  the kiss
the kiss
this is not the best of this pose_ a touch more light on his neck and it would heve been much better.
but a good example of dramatic lighting.

© Debby A. Tabb
Fuji FinePix S2 Pr...
 
 
Brenda,
I have seen you posting this before, what kind of poses are you looking for romantic (couples remembering thier love) or Fun and Trendy as if kids again?
Here is a romantic example,(sorry it is a scan) it is not as complacated as it looks once you have the lights set.
If you would like detailed info. on this pose just email me and I will return the instructions to you.
(they will take me a bit to write out)
so bare with me.
I do have others that may help if I know a little more of what you would like to see.


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2/15/2006 9:47:17 AM

 
Dawn T. Palmerley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2005
  Debby- This picture would look so nice if there was a bit of light on his eyes or lips or both.


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2/15/2006 10:05:17 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  This is a image and pose I have been doing for years and one of the reditions is actually in a museum in TN.
But this is very close to the way it is intended to be shot.
It is ment to be with her face lit and a dreamy shadowed image-
as if to dream of that kiss.
this is a type of story telling pose.
and a lot of fun to do.
People always have a hard time not busting up during it-but if you wait for them to get it all out,and let you get the pose-they can't belive what you have caught.


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2/15/2006 10:15:27 AM

 
Brenda  D. 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/27/2005
  i like the romantic look in this photo, I know its dark because of the scan how would I get both couples to show up ? my lighting isnt pro lighting I use the ones from wal-mart that guys use to work in the garage and use sheer fabric to drape over them to add different color effects. I know that sounds so unprofessional to all you pros but I use what I have.


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2/15/2006 10:19:42 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  Actually Brenda it is to your credit that you are out there working and using what you have to do so!
GOOD FOR YOU!!!!
We have all been there.
This pose may not work though with those-they may just be to hot.
I am going to write the dirrections down for you and reply back to your email as soon as possible.
the background you have is very nice and will look great with different colored gels.
You can find these heavey grade gels in hte camera store or on line I have tried other materals and Prastic wraps and they do not give thesame rich effect.
but theway that background is it will give you some really nice results.
also do tey dying your own- It does wory wonderfully.
Lowes and Home depot sell Painters cloth muslin(heavey duty) you can get that and dye it any color you want and that is the cheapest way to get a LARGE Black background.


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2/15/2006 10:27:25 AM

 
Brenda  D. 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/27/2005
  thankds Debby , ive been looking into those painters drop cloths I may just try my hand at dying them , that will be a hoot ! I myself may end up looking like an easter egg !


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2/15/2006 10:40:34 AM

 
Debby A. Tabb
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/4/2004
  LOL,LOL,lol I just died,lol You said that and I can really appreciate that-belive me.
ok,I am going through disks to find poses for you-may take some time-I have some CD orders that have to go today.
But I will not forget you. :-)


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2/15/2006 10:47:58 AM

 
Robyn Gwilt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/15/2005
  Melissa, the beanbag idea is great - that way they don't fall out - and you can shape it anyway for them! I don't have a studio or lights :( ,so my mom/kids shots are done outdoors, rolling around ! Ok, I haven't been paid for them, as they've been friends and family, but they're all going in the portfolio - I'd love to to do this full-time, just plucking up the courage!!


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2/15/2006 11:58:06 AM

 
Dawn T. Palmerley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2005
  HOORAY!!! My son's kindergarten teacher asked me if I'll do her 2 sons pictures. And she loves the old style that I love to do. Her boys are 9 and 5. I have to bring her my pamplet tomorrow morning.
And more of my note cards sold in my husband's store. Gotta make more now.

I'm really appreciating everyone here with their ideas for posing, and I love the suggestion from Debby about the drop clothes at Home Depot. (I never thought of that). I've been trying to get huge chunks of fabric at Fabricland but they don't come that wide.
I'll have to check out Home Depot this weekend! Thanks Debby!


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2/15/2006 12:00:11 PM

 
Dawn T. Palmerley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2005
  Robyn- You take great pictures! You could make money no problem!! Even with those bubble/balls as cards. That's what I've been doing, making art cards and selling them. I also have a studio for portraits.
I say you should just go for it!


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2/15/2006 12:06:59 PM

 
Robyn Gwilt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/15/2005
  Thanks Dawn :) Do you print the bubble/balls on photo paper, or have someone print them up (like real greeting cards?) Are they post-card style, or double/flap? I find that my every waking hour is spent taking pix, thinking about pix, dreaming of my studio, with an endless flow of moms/babies/money.... the other spare time I have is spent on BP, getting the most amasing idea's, crits, feedback, support - this really is a great forum - Thanks EVERYONE who's held my hand and guided my mouse over the past few months :)


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2/15/2006 12:15:27 PM

 
Dawn T. Palmerley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2005
  Robyn- I've just been printing them out right now and they come out really nice. I made a bunch of smaller ones (note cards) and the regular sized. I've just been buying the packs of blank cards and then using a special tape called Photo Mount Squares. It's a pack, the little squares are double sided adhesive and you just stick the squares on the photo and put the photo on the card. Then I've made labels with my company name etc. and put the envelopes with them and I actually found card racks at a second hand store (lucky me) that have been working wonderfully. But they really look great and I've been gettin tons of compliments on them. A lady just bought 2 this morning when I was in my husbands work (a musicians store). The one's I have in there are music related although I have some ones with the old looking kid photos on them also.
I hope this helps!


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2/15/2006 12:22:43 PM

 
Rebecca A. Steed
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/6/2005
  OK Dawn, find out what makes the kid tick - for my son, he loves his guitar. Some kids love baseball, so have the mom bring a mit and ball and hat etc. It helps the kid be at ease if he has his favorite thing from home - a big bear, etc. Then, just keep snapping. It's probably easier to 'keep snapping' with natural light through a large window, because strobes would distract the child. My favorite shots are candid, especially with kids.


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2/15/2006 12:52:16 PM

 
Dawn T. Palmerley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2005
  Well the mom wants stuff like the one I have in my gallery of my son with the old paper boy cap on, suspenders, leaning on the wood wall. She just loved it. But we have to do in studio cause it's so cold out. I really need a brown background or a fake wood panel or something. I also bought a really old brown suitcase to use in some photos. Got it at the second hand store for $1.50 Yippee!!
It's been so quiet in the threads today. What's up?


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2/15/2006 8:10:53 PM

 
Brenda  D. 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/27/2005
  Dawn I like the first photo in your gallery how did you get the horse head to show up a silloet ( my spelling is horrible).


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2/15/2006 8:27:29 PM

 
Dawn T. Palmerley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2005
  Thanks Brenda, that's one of my favorites!! I just put a spotlight behind the horse and it came out looking like the sunset or sunrise was behind him.


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2/15/2006 10:09:28 PM

 
Denyse Clark
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/2/2002
  Hi Dawn! So I guess I missed something in the studio thread, it seems to have ended for some differences... Anyways, I think this thread is a nice idea. I'm going to read the above posts & catch up, then I'll check back in.


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2/16/2006 9:15:35 AM

 
Denyse Clark
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/2/2002
  I've heard the painters cloths work good- I opted for 120" wide muslin, my fabric store happened to have it and it's nice & light weight.

Can you still buy brown wall paneling?? Once or two pieces might work nicely as a background.

Ok, you got your suitcase for $1.50?? I've GOT to get to a 2nd hand store!! I'm about fainting when I try to buy props at retail stores, even discount ones, and it's $50 for a tiny little stool.


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2/16/2006 9:26:52 AM

 
Tonya Cozart
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/22/2003
  Dawn, great idea here...
don't have time to read and chat now, just wanted to get on the list!


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2/16/2006 12:25:07 PM

 
Robyn Gwilt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/15/2005
  I'm away for the weekend - will check Sun pm/Mon am - have fun all!


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2/16/2006 1:18:07 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/11/2003
gregorylagrange.org
  Anybody think those croc shoes belong in the 99cent store?


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2/16/2006 1:21:09 PM

 
Dawn T. Palmerley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2005
  Denyse- Hi and welcome!! It was nice to see you in the other thread. Glad you came.

Tonya- Thanks for coming in. It's nice that some people from the other thread are joining in.

Robyn- Enjoy the weekend! We'll see you Sunday or Monday.

Gregory- what??


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2/16/2006 1:43:31 PM

 
Brenda  D. 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/27/2005
  hi Dawn, have you come up with any posing ideas for your upcomming photoshoot?


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2/16/2006 3:44:30 PM

 
Dawn T. Palmerley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2005
  Brenda- Well, I talked to the teacher again today, (the one who wants me to do her son's pics in old fashion style) and she wants me to do it during Spring Break. So I have a bit of time to think about it. I did buy another felt hat today, a really nice mens' grey fedora type hat like the one in my gallery called Be My Valentine. But at least this will allow me to do some pics outside cause it will be a bit warmer out by then. It's cold here right now.

The mom with the 2yr old and 8wk old girls, hasn't called me yet, or she has but I'm never home and I've been leaving the cell at home. But that's ok, I'll see her at church on Sun.

How's everyone here?? Any photo sessions, adventures or anything?


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2/16/2006 5:47:14 PM

 
Brenda  D. 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/27/2005
  im working on setting up some props now , ive got pictures to do for the varsity ball at the high school, im gonna use my backround ( mottled brown ) with weathered lattice and ivy with twinkle lights , cross your fingers for me please :)


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2/16/2006 7:54:23 PM

 
Dawn T. Palmerley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2005
  Brenda- I'll be crossing them for you. But I'll think you'll do great!! Good luck!


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2/16/2006 7:56:43 PM

 
Brenda  D. 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/27/2005
  thanks its a freebie for some friends of my sons they have a lot of hard times going on with thier family right now , and I remember how hard it was to be a teenage girl and think its important for a girl to feel special and pretty , plus my son ask me to do it for him so i'm happy to (pretty proud of him for thinking of too :)


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2/16/2006 8:02:06 PM

 
Dawn T. Palmerley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2005
  Wow, Brenda, you and your son sound pretty special!! I think that's great that you'd do something like that. YOU'RE AWESOME!!!


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2/16/2006 8:07:02 PM

 
Brenda  D. 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/27/2005
  thanks , both my boys are pretty great ( if I do say so myself) they get judged poorly for the way they look because of piercings and tattoos and regular punk stuff but they were brought up in church and after people get to know them they're kind of shocked, typical teenage stuff see how many people you can shock ya know ?


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2/16/2006 8:13:46 PM

 
Debbie Vega
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/23/2005
  I'm here but dealing with sick child again, arghhh.. sleeping now but no doubt will be awake at about midnight when I am about to hit the pillow.. will be back tomorrow..debbie


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2/16/2006 8:48:51 PM

 
Erinn Aloi
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/3/2004
  Hi guys,
so, i'm confused.. the begining of this thread it seemed as if you were telling Dawn that she couldn't have an "open" discussion. or that it wouldn't work? but I guess it's ok to try it anyway? so is that what's going on? lol
Dawn I have a 2 month old and 2 year old coming up... My style is more simple, I don't use many props if at all. I do use the bean bag chair lot's. I find 2 year olds to be the hardest ever!! they just do their own thing, which is fine, if they are by themselves.. but when the parent wants them in the same shot as an infant? ughhh.. it's going to be tough...so i'd like ideas too!
Erinn


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2/16/2006 8:49:26 PM

 
Michelle Ross
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/1/2004
  Erinn ... we can have any kind of discussion that we want really ... some just don't like the idea of it being like a blog or without a specific topic .. .the way I see it is the ones of us that come to chat will do that and those that don't wish to participate in that kind of thread can either lurk or just not come here. .. sometimes it can be challenging to follow and some requests/questions might get lost among the chatter. .. but for the most part I think it will be fine . ..

as for your shoot coming up . .. 2 years old/2 months . . . my suggestion .. .Patience. .. I agree . .. 2 years old usually have a very busy agenda. .. and unfortunately photography isn't always on it . .. maybe try having them laying flat with their heads going opposite directions . . . I am having a hard time coming up with suggestions as I have not had this combination before . . . did I say patience. .. you will figure something out i'm sure. . . maybe if you have a wicker basket of some type to lay the baby in and have the two year old sitting beside it holding the baby's fingers or something perhaps looking down . . any type of interactive rather than Posed shots is what I'd be looking at . .. but we all know parents can have their own agendas as well . . .


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2/16/2006 8:59:47 PM

 
Dawn T. Palmerley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2005
 
 
 
It's gotten too quiet in here, what happened?
How's everyone today?? Does anyone have a new question or problem we can all work together on??
In here, anything goes!
I don't know if I put this one up, but let me know what you think. I played with it in PS.


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2/17/2006 12:54:17 PM

 
Dawn T. Palmerley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2005
 
 
 
It's gotten too quiet in here, what happened?
How's everyone today?? Does anyone have a new question or problem we can all work together on??
In here, anything goes!
I don't know if I put this one up, but let me know what you think. I played with it in PS.


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2/17/2006 12:54:30 PM

 
Amy JACKSON
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  Dawn,
Hey, I think it is very cute. Great shot and I like the seashell. My personal preference would be to see her feet and to lose the tulle. It seems to distract just a little.
Amy


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2/17/2006 1:27:05 PM

 
Amy JACKSON
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  Sorry Dawn, I meant to say His feet...


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2/17/2006 1:36:24 PM

 
Denyse Clark
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/2/2002
 
 
 
Hi everyone!! I've been sick all week, and still not feeling great, but had a shoot today. Here are a few- I'm happy! She was a great model, and the combination of work lights w/ daylight bulbs and my flash bounced off the ceiling gave me good lighting. I made the tan backdrop last night.


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2/18/2006 1:53:43 PM

 
Denyse Clark
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/2/2002
  Brenda- how did the shoot go? Looking forward to seeing some of your results...


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2/18/2006 2:00:54 PM

 
Michelle Ross
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/1/2004
 
 
 
Hi everyone . . . it is quiet . . . Your shots are nice Denyse. . . She looks like a great model .. that's always a huge plus! :-)

I had a baby shoot today . . a 9 month boy .. . it went well ... he wasn't fussy or hungry but did get tired towards the end.. . but we were basically done by that point and i'm so proud of myself because I did a session in an hour LOL .. usually it's more like 2 but that's feeding and sometimes a little nap for the little ones... anyway . . . I did some with High Key ARGH I struggle with that. . . and then some with the darker background . . which are always my favorites.. . although I love the high key look . I just hate stressing over them ... anyway .. .here's one I just got edited . .. I have most of them in my gallery already if your bored and want to look!


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2/18/2006 7:11:10 PM

 
Sandy 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 9/11/2005
  michelle,
cute picture!


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2/18/2006 8:04:08 PM

 
Brenda  D. 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/27/2005
  Hi everyone all of these pics are great ! unfortunatly I had to cancle my photoshoot, it is our weekend with my step daughter and we noticed spots she has chicken pox! and Jasmine has a baby sister at home so we decided it would be best if we waited for a while, but as soon as we get the oppertunity she wants to get dressed up again just so we can do them shes a great young lady :)


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2/18/2006 9:28:08 PM

 
Denyse Clark
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/2/2002
  Brenda- bummer on the pox!!

Michelle- great shot, I love the overalls and the background/props and you got a cute little pose out of him. Ok I should know this by now, but what is "high key"??


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2/19/2006 11:19:18 AM

 
Dawn T. Palmerley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2005
  Michelle- Awesome shot!! Love the ones in your gallery too. They came out so cute!!!

Denyse- Gorgeous model! Very nice pictures!

Brenda- Sorry to hear about your step daughter. Hope she feels well soon.


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2/19/2006 5:20:05 PM

 
Dawn T. Palmerley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2005
  Michelle- Awesome shot!! Love the ones in your gallery too. They came out so cute!!!

Denyse- Gorgeous model! Very nice pictures!

Brenda- Sorry to hear about your step daughter. Hope she feels well soon.


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2/19/2006 5:20:54 PM

 
Brenda  D. 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/27/2005
  thanks she was still pretty itchy but we had to take her back to her moms today :( she was happy she gets to miss school for a few more days (typical) lol , Denise and Michelle I love your pictures!


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2/19/2006 5:44:44 PM

 
Ruben L. Wade
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/2/2005
  Hi Dawn! I loved your work. Keep up the good work.


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2/19/2006 8:38:46 PM

 
Michelle Ross
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/1/2004
  Hi all .. . did a 6mo baby shoot today ... am editing now and will be putting them in my gallery .. I will just post there so I don't have to log in LOL ... feel free to look! I was excited because I had good ideas for once LOL . .. and he was happy :-)


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2/20/2006 12:09:16 PM

 
Denyse Clark
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/2/2002
  Michelle- 015 is my favorite! It just all seems to come together really well in that one.

What is "high key"? Is that w/ a brightly lit background??


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2/20/2006 1:04:01 PM

 
Dawn T. Palmerley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2005
  Okay, it's way too quiet here. Where did everyone go?

Okay, who knows of a good suppier for backdrops and lighting. Someone who isn't expensive.
If anyone has any other questions please feel free to ask them. I wanted this thread to be a place where we could all just chat, get to know eachother, and have fun, without just lurking and not wanting to reply because it isn't a subject that we want to get involved it.
So come on it, and have some fun!!!


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2/26/2006 8:59:32 PM

 
Robyn Gwilt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/15/2005
 
 
 
Dawn Denyse and all hi - I've been 'lurking' :) I wish I could upload from my gallery - I took pix at a friends pamper party on Sat, (all in colour, then played with them) I'd love your comments. I'm doing her wedding (1st one on my own)! on 26th March.


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2/26/2006 9:08:11 PM

 
Brenda  D. 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/27/2005
  Dawn im so glad you ask I couldnt find this thread , once they go to another page I somehow manage to pass over them, I haven't got to do jasmines pics yet but will soon she goes to school and works, plus with me working too its hard to get together . I have some questions about my camera I use a digital rebel xt and having some color troubles I need to learn to set my white balance any suggestions ?


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2/26/2006 9:11:27 PM

 
Robyn Gwilt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/15/2005
  We need BP Viagra here - can't get them up! Sorry, need to rush to work, they're in my gallery, or I'll try to re-size and upload later. Brenda, most of the time I use Auto - also got the 350D - it you want to warm the pix use the Tungsten, cool it, I think its Flourescent. Set yr camera on a tripod, take a pic of the same scene, on each WB settiing and you'll see the different effects. The shade/cloudy is also helpful


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2/26/2006 9:19:24 PM

 
Brenda  D. 
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  Robyn if I go into my white balance settings and set it to tungsten then turn it back to auto will my white balance stay on tungsten or does it go to a defult setting in auto ?


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2/27/2006 7:53:48 AM

 
Robyn Gwilt
BetterPhoto Member Since: 7/15/2005
  Brenda if you set it to Tungsten and shoot, then it will stay there. The minute you move it back to Auto, your camera then 'automatically' reads the light, so you might have a spot on the ceiling, a flourescent in the corner, and another tungsten side reading lamp (horrors what a mix!!), so what would you choose? Auto, coz then the camera sorts out all the different lights and automatically balances it. I know a lot of people prefer to shoot on Auto, as sometimes what happens you change to Tungsten or Cloudy, then move inside/outside/wherever, and forget to change your ISO and your white balance - I know I have :) In your camera menu, there is also your Custom Function Settings, where you can Customise your WB by using a White or Grey Card (another story this!!) If you type White Balance into the window at the top of the Q & A page, or Grey Card, it should throw out some threads. But basically this is when you want to get really fancy - I don't have a grey card yet, so I go between Auto / Tungsten/ Cloudy/Shade. But.... in your custom functions you can shoot straight BW or Sepia or Sepia with a Blue, pink..... tinge - best advice I got, is shoot colour and manipulate on PS afterwards, otherwise you'll once again forget to re-set back to colour and if its BW you can't put colour in if its not there to start with!


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2/27/2006 9:01:48 AM

 
Brenda  D. 
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  Robyn , thank you . I dont have a grey card either and I always shoot in auto simply because my camera is smarter than I am !!!! LOL thank goodness it knows what kind if light to pick . plus im at the age where it can also see better than I can to tell whether my shot is in focus.


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2/27/2006 9:16:59 AM

 
Dawn T. Palmerley
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Well, you've probably read in Suzy's the PS thread that I'm going crazy trying to think of this years members exhibition at the art gallery submission. If you go into the PS thread, please let me know what you think.

And now I played with a picture and would like to hear any thoughts on it.
Thanks guys!!


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3/3/2006 7:34:21 PM

 
Katherine M. Warwick
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/2/2004
  I just wanted to say thanks to Debby for the idea about Home Depot and the dropcloth, what a great money saving idea, and I need all those I can get, so, Thanks!


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3/14/2006 11:22:46 AM

 
Dawn T. Palmerley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2005
  Katherine- I thought that was a great tip from Debby about the drop cloth. I didn't even think of it.
Your gallery is beautiful! Great work!


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3/14/2006 12:24:57 PM

 
Brenda  D. 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/27/2005
  Hey i'm so glad to find this thread again !!! my photoshoot for the varsity ball will be on the 18th so I will post shots after that , plus a couple of newlyweds who didnt a lot of wedding photos just snapshots,will post those too :)


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3/14/2006 6:14:23 PM

 
Dawn T. Palmerley
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  Brenda- Good luck with the photoshoot! Can't wait to see the results.


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3/14/2006 8:53:17 PM

 
Brenda  D. 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/27/2005
  Thanks Dawn, it doesnt matter how much I do this I still get a little nervous , but once I start it all goes away , thanks again


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3/14/2006 9:07:04 PM

 
Dawn T. Palmerley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2005
  I know exactly what you mean! Although I noticed that I don't get nervous when I do maternity shots. But any other ones, I do.


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3/14/2006 9:33:36 PM

 
Brenda  D. 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/27/2005
  i'd love to do a maternity shot sometime!! that must be an awsome thing , now that I think about it , it does seem like it is calming to be around a pregnant woman , plus they are so beautiful you couldnt help but get beautiful shots.


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3/14/2006 9:46:16 PM

 
Dawn T. Palmerley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2005
  that's exactly it! It's just so relaxed. I really enjoy doing them. The beauty that is captured in a pregnant woman is just amazing! They are so happy and they surprise me too. The ones I've done have been so willing to just remove their clothes, even if I didn't ask them too. It's kind of funny. But it shows that they do feel gorgeous even being pregnant.


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3/14/2006 9:53:56 PM

 
Brenda  D. 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/27/2005
  thats funny you should mention that I believe thats the only time I ever felt truely comfortable in my own body , I always told my husband that I wish he could feel just for one day how amazing it is to be pregnant . we women are so lucky ! :) and this is kinds funny all my cats always wanted to be around me or on my big ol belly when I was pregnant.


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3/14/2006 10:00:43 PM

 
Gregory LaGrange
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  Lactating?


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3/14/2006 10:12:36 PM

 
Dawn T. Palmerley
BetterPhoto Member Since: 12/30/2005
  Wow Gregory- I've missed you!!

Brenda- I had the same thing from my pets. They really do know when a woman is pregnant. LOL


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3/14/2006 10:42:27 PM

 
Brenda  D. 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/27/2005
  LOL, Gregory your funny ,quess I hadent thought if it that way either:o oh well quess the only maternity shots i'll get to take any time soon is if my own cat ! :)


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3/15/2006 8:32:43 AM

 
Brenda  D. 
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Dawn here are a few of the pictures I took for the kids im not sure why the backround is so dark , its supposed to be dark green but looks black to me


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3/25/2006 7:27:01 PM

 
Brenda  D. 
BetterPhoto Member Since: 3/27/2005
  well that didnt work , i'll put them in my gallery :)


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3/25/2006 7:35:54 PM

 
Brenda  D. 
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ok if this doesnt work thier in my gallery.


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3/25/2006 8:17:35 PM

 
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