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Justin Taylor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2005
 

Advice For Young Photgraphers


Hi,
As a young photographer at 14 I was wondering how I could get my photos seen, or sold to people, I t is very hard for me to ask resturaunt or cafe owners to display some of my photos because they think that my photos will be very amateur. It is also more difficult because I live on a very small island that already has quite a few of adult photographers that display their photos in half the stores etc... And I cannot display mine in the same place because ten people tend to compare, making competition even tougher. So how do I get small businesses to display my photos instead of the adult photographers?


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4/9/2006 6:41:54 PM

 
Brendan Knell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/17/2005
  I'm also about your age (15), and I'm curious as to what everybody else has to say.

"I t is very hard for me to ask resturaunt or cafe owners to display some of my photos because they think that my photos will be very amateur."

If you try to ask business owners if you can sell your pics at their store, make sure that you take some along with you. Also, remember that you don't have anything to loose by asking them, only to gain.


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4/9/2006 6:54:56 PM

 
Brendan Knell
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/17/2005
  Opps, hit enter too soon. Also, are you trying to make some extra money by selling your pics, or just get your name out there? If you're trying to get some money have you ever thought of trying to apprentice one of the local photogs? I've heard that most would pay you to be their assistant.


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4/9/2006 6:58:26 PM

 
John G. Clifford Jr
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/18/2005
  Be your own toughest critic.

If you don't feel your photos compare in quality to those by other photographers, then work on your photography until it does. This isn't a matter of age, it's a matter of ability.

Ask yourself why anyone would want to show, or buy, your photos if they aren't as good as what they can show, or buy, from others. Of course, the answer is, they won't. If your photos won't stand on their own in comparison with others' efforts, then you are not ready to display and sell them next to others.

The answer to your question is simple: if you want businesses to display your photos instead of others', and you want people to buy your photos instead of buying others', then you must give them a reason.

Sounds like you know you need to work on your photography a little. That's okay... you're 14. You've got plenty of time.

Now that you know what you have to do (and you already knew, didn't you?), then go out and do it.


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4/9/2006 7:01:25 PM

 
Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  welcome justin,
boy you have a focus problem.and you have already packed your gallery with a lot of pics.it ain't that easy.check out some galleries and quit being so selfish.just step back and see what you're competing against,and learn.it sure is not quantity.please look around at some galleries and see how your work compares.
yeah.


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4/9/2006 7:54:08 PM

 
Justin Taylor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2005
  Thank you guys for you advice, and as far as my "focus" problem I have heard that alot, and it is true with a lot of my photos it is partially me and the camera, but also the "focus" problem can make photos very unique and different in my opinion making it "your own" sort of speak...
anyways thanks for the critiqing and advice
-justin


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4/10/2006 7:12:01 PM

 
Kerby Pfrangle
BetterPhoto Member Since: 4/19/2005
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  Justin I think you have some wonderful images in your portfolio. I especially enjoy the macro images.

For such a young person you do an excellent job.

Have you thought about doing cards instead of prints. There is a excellent thread of people doing greeting cards on the Better Photo Message boards.

Don't mind Samuel he does not like my picture's either.

Kerby


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4/10/2006 7:20:35 PM

 
Justin Taylor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2005
  Thanks for the idea Kerby, you seem like a nice person...Samuel's comment does not bother me it is just another persons opinion right?
Thanks again
-justin


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4/10/2006 7:22:25 PM

 
Mike Rubin
BetterPhoto Member Since: 10/15/2004
  Justin, HAVE CONFIDENCE IN YOURSELF! You also have to believe that your images are of pro caliber before others will. I checked out your gallery and you do have some great images.When you build a protfolio to show others you should keep the focus on only one subject. If your best work is of flowers then that is all that should be in the portfolio. Same goes for any other subject such as Landscapes,portraits, etc..,
Best of luck to you. and I would be interested in your feedback on the images in my gallery. -Mike


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4/10/2006 7:37:17 PM

 
Justin Taylor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2005
  Thanks Mike, I think that will help quite a bit!
-justin


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4/10/2006 8:38:37 PM

 
Thomas Lam
BetterPhoto Member Since: 11/24/2004
  Justin, I maybe older than you, but when it comes to photography, I can't compare to you.

Again, we all have different taste and how we view or look at things from a camera point of view. After reading all the response, I too value others input and sometime - "Just step back and see the forest; not just the tree in front of you." You can then evaluate and enhance your levels.

"Just curious" - You said, you live on a small island? Where???


Thomas


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4/10/2006 9:07:06 PM

 
Justin Taylor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2005
  Thank you I understand what you mean by seeing the whole forest, and I do use peoples input and view others galleries for inspiration, but I just want to be careful that the pictures are still "my own."

I live on one of the Gulf Islands off the coast of British Columbia!
-justin


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4/11/2006 6:52:43 PM

 
Samuel Smith
BetterPhoto Member Since: 1/21/2004
  well now that i've miffed some members off.
first on hand should be my apology to kerby.your goal,style,vision,outlook,destiny,view,is not mine.you are just different than me kerby,or i'm just different than you.
a friend,that I always cherish is someone who knows your faults,or differences,and works or trys to understand an opinion.but yet if that person has the opinion that harm was meant,it never has a good outcome.
i do tend to be rude to a point,or is it,being frank?
actually my name is sam but oh well.
photography is what we see it,and as we take our pictures we want to say something.what IT is,is different in all of us.
all of this pales in comparasion to effort and knowledge.and mine is lacking for I have offended.
thanks for showing me my faults.work in progress.
i hope your ok with my comments justin,
and best of luck,sam


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4/11/2006 9:53:22 PM

 
Justin Taylor
BetterPhoto Member Since: 5/18/2005
  Thanks Sam,
I understand if you have your opinion and that is why I wasn't really mad or upset. I was just a bit suprised thats all. Anyways thanks for your comment!
-justin


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4/12/2006 3:28:58 PM

 
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