The ills of TFCD shoots..

November 16, 2008

I think TFCD shoots are bad for the industry. I think they cause problems since the line of photographer/model is blurred. Some models, think that on a tfcd shoot…ANY shoot, they own the copyright to images on a tfcd shoot mostly.

I contacted a model in Colorado Springs. She had some photos on her port. Staying true to the blog a few blogs down, I won’t say what I think of the images, but will say I felt she could have used some professional images in her book. She replies back to me and says something along the lines of “Surely you don’t think your a better photographer than……”

No, I didn’t say anything like that! what I said was, YOU DON”T HAVE PROFESSIONAL QUALITY IMAGES ON DISPLAY!!!!!! Take that how you want to, but I’m just being honest. There’s a photographer in Colorado Springs who emails girls and promises them the chance to appear in the many calendars he comes out with. He’s his own hype macheine and he’s pretty good! he offers amateur quality photos and have “models” thinking he’s the best. Sometimes, I find myself jealous that I’m not whoring myself out like that, but in the end, I’m glad my image quality speaks for itself.

I replied back to her that two of the photogs I’m good friends with and would never speak ill of them or their work. The other two photogs, one I’ve seen he had good work, the other, is the terrible guy I was just talking about. I would never bash another photog to a model, but at the same time, I REFUSE to put myself in the same catagory as a rank amateur with a good hype macheine.

For the love of G*D, this girl is a thicker girl, she’s great for glamour work. This “great” photog is shooting her straight on and in VERY unflattering poses that gives several unflattering..shadows to her midsection. How can a “model” like this? wow huh?


Comments (3)

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November 17, 2008 by admin

As per usual my friend, I agree with you.

It’s sad that every one with a camera is a professional. It’ sad that “models” don’t realize the value of a great photo, vs a good one, much less a terrible one.

They’ll learn later on, if it’s because they’re not getting jobs or if it’s because they’re getting the same job (nudes) they’ll realize whats going on. And by that time, most people won’t care


November 16, 2008 by RebelPOW

I think Jay, that digital photography has ruined the middle of the professional market.

The low end of the market? That belongs to places like Sears that charge no setting fees and $9.95 per 8×10. People take their babies to places like that.

The middle market? I think that’s gone for professional photographers. The days that a company would pay a photographer’s day rate to come out and shoot the annual picnic? Gone. Better, their logic goes, to buy a $250 point and shoot and let Sue in Accounting do the shots. She knows the people better anyway.

And that leaves for aspiring professional photographers only the high end. Servicing those clients that will pay $800 – $1200 per portrait. Who would do such a thing in today’s world? Those who MUST have a professional portrait. Lawyers and politicians for one. People who live and die by their photo. Local celebrities like your local news anchor for another.

For an aspiring model, I think that the real question is how much will a TFP image COST her? Yes, cost. Sure it’s free and for a cash-strapped model that’s a compelling factor. But a 2nd rate image that she got TFP isn’t such a bargain if it costs her work.

A quality photographer can add much to a model’s portfolio, but not in a three hour shoot that wasn’t planned ahead. ‘Show up and we’ll shoot’ isn’t quality work. But how many photographers and models are willing to have a pre-shoot meeting to discuss what images she needs to market herself and what style, what hairstyle, what make-up and what outfits she needs to pull off the look? Not many, I’d expect.

What TFP has done for all of us is lower the expectations of what ‘professional work’ means. And that’s a shame.


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