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    06-24-2011, 02:10 PM
Is my photography good enough?

I love doing horse photography, but I only have a Kodak C182 Easyshare camera, and I can't afford a $500 dollar camera, like professionals. I would like to buy my own saddle, and the only way I can think of making money at my age (12) is horse photography. My mom says that my pictures aren't good enough to sell, but I think they are ok. Can you take a look and critique my photos?

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    06-24-2011, 02:16 PM
Sorry dear, but your pictures are nothing special.

They're certainly not good enough to be considered professional, and I can't see someone paying you for them.

They just look like what they are; pictures taken randomly with no eye for depth, scope, or the subject matter.
    06-24-2011, 02:19 PM
Thank you for being honest, Speed Racer. Do you have any advice on how I can get better?
    06-24-2011, 02:35 PM
I would have to agree with SR. may want to dig out some of JustDressageIt's posts. She is a professional photographer (I believe) and her photo's are absolutely stunning. That may help you get an idea of where to start.
    06-24-2011, 02:40 PM
Jake, you are VERY kind :) I would classify myself an "aspiring amateur" - definitely not professional, but I'm very flattered. I will dig up some of my older posts for the OP to see. I have a decent SLR, but it isn't considered the "professional" line - those are another $1000++ for the body alone. Having said that, the person makes the photographer, NOT the camera ;) though the proper equipment can make a difference in the quality of the photos - depth of field and sharpness being quite key.
Ok, I dug up the work I'm most proud of, the Del Mar horse show: Del Mar National Horse Show
Please note the quality was diminished by the photo host - the colors are MUCH more vibrant on my computer, and the images are much sharper.
I haven't posted photos in quite a while... *ponders*
    06-24-2011, 02:44 PM
:) I hesitated to say professional JDI because I wasn't quite sure...but you certainly are of that matter what you call yourself.

And you are absolutely right about it being the person and not the equipment. My hubby was a professional photographer for 10 years and takes unbelievable pictures with his cell phone. It's all in how he sees the world around him.
    06-24-2011, 02:49 PM
Thank you - I'm blushing!! I'm really, really flattered.
It's all about the eye, I completely agree. Someone can have a $10,000 setup and still take crap photos.... vibrant and crisp, but crap composition.
HOWEVER...!!!! You do need certain things to sell a photo. Your basic P&S camera generally just can't produce sell-able quality photos.
    06-24-2011, 02:53 PM
Absolutely agree on the equipment for the sell-able photos. His original SLR digital camera purchased way long ago when they were first coming out was in the $5k+ range. But...that is how he made his living so a very good investment. And, still works pretty well today.

Sorry to go off topic a bit OP but, I think this is good info if you aspire to be a professional. :)
    06-24-2011, 02:56 PM
They're just normal pictures. Why not take a look at some professional photographer websites to get an idea of what to look for while taking pictures.
    06-24-2011, 03:04 PM
Jake and JustDressageIt, do you know about any good 'starter' cameras that are maybe in the $100-$350 range, give or take a couple bucks?

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