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Should I horizontally flip a client's portrait?

If the lighting was asymmetrical and consistent between shots, then the lighting will be flipped as well and this might easily make the shot look simply awful or so awful its funny. This may not be ...
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Should I horizontally flip a client's portrait?

There are no hard and fast rules in art. You are free to follow your heart. If flipping some of the images assists in the symmetry of the final presentation, then go for it! Few if any will recognize ...
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If a photoshoot doesn't represent my best work, should I offer to reshoot?

Instead of asking us, perhaps you should be asking your client what they would prefer. They're the ones paying you for your services. Be direct with them and tell them the light died faster than you ...
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Should I horizontally flip a client's portrait?

What I did in the end Thank you all for your suggestions and advice. You all really helped me decide what to do. Just to clarify, I wasn't aware that they wanted this before the shoot and they were ...
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Should a photographer use a pseudonym when doing two types of photography that might conflict with each other?

If your target market for family shoots is not going to be offended by using a photographer that also does boudoir, then you are probably fine to use the same name. Locale may be a factor here for ...
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Is is unreasonable to ask for photo credit to include my website?

Not attributing photos (or any other content) to web addresses is pretty much standard in major print media circles. There are probably a lot of factors involved, but it is likely as much about not ...
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Should I charge a fee to a client who wants to change wedding date?

The only reason I can think of is if you need to make some extra spending on something. Pay an extra assistant, re purchase a flying ticket, hiring a backup photographer because that date was already ...
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Should I horizontally flip a client's portrait?

From a content perspective Last time I had a photoshoot, I asked the company to flip some pictures. They firmly refused because it would not be 'good'. I don't know the rationale other than 'it ...
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Should I horizontally flip a client's portrait?

No. It sounds like the client is looking for specific representations of the subjects. Flipping it is no longer an accurate representation. The average human face is not symmetrical
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Is it OK to reject a client’s offer to exchange my photography service for his workshops vs getting paid money?

We use money as a medium because barter simply doesn't always work. Imagine you try to barter your photography services to a photographer...not very valuable, eh? But, when you think of your ...
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Should I horizontally flip a client's portrait?

In addition, unless you lit each subject with exceptionally flat frontal lighting, your composite shot will have two apparent key-light sources which do not affect all of the subjects. In other words, ...
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Extra venue charges on photographer

So, your employee acted in a completely unprofessional manner and caused the venue to charge the couple extra. Of course you should pay it, along with an apology to the couple for the inconvenience ...
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Wedding Photography - Do you charge up front?

You should charge an appreciable percentage of the fee when booking the wedding to hold the date. You should specify in the contract signed at that time that the balance for your base fee is due prior ...
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What price should I charge for my first wedding as a Amateur photographer?

What to charge is the least of your worries. Although it is a little late for this now, the best preparation for shooting weddings is to shoot several weddings as a second shooter for an experienced ...
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As a photographer, how do you make money?

Making money is about providing people something that they want more than the money you are asking for it. So you have to figure out who do you want to be your customers, and why would they want to ...
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Should a photographer use a pseudonym when doing two types of photography that might conflict with each other?

What is the accepted rule about this, if there is one? There is no accepted rule about this. Some photographers do it that way. Some photographers don't. It's an entirely personal decision.
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Do I edit before giving a client a choice, or let the client choose and then edit?

It completely depends on the circumstances around your photography. We used to run some standard filters around High School Seniors and sports photos but saved more intense editing until after ...
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Should I charge a fee to a client who wants to change wedding date?

I realize this was nearly two years ago, but... think about what you're asking: I have a wedding client who, due to medical reasons, needs to post pone their wedding a year... Should I charge a fee ...
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General rules of thumb for selling photos at art festivals?

I am exhibiting at a local artfair tomorrow, and have been exhibiting at fairs, big and small, for antiques and art/photography for years. Bottom line is that you need to offer prints in all formats, ...
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Where can I find information about what things require property releases and what don't?

In general, you will have to check this for each subject or at least for each country. A rough guideline could be the freedom of panorama which will at least tell you whether it's allowed to ...
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How can an amazing photographer grow business and visibility outside of the Indian market?

She is on her own and has categorically amazing artists on her team. They pay attention to minute details to create an experience for their client. Which is it...she's on her own OR she's got a team?...
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Is re-branding a risk that a photographer should take early in his hobby/ profession?

By "page" I presume you mean Facebook Page. I agree with Michael it is perhaps best to do it early, but some international companies change their branding, so it must be possible to do it later also. ...
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What license or permissions do I need to give my clients when editing photos as a service?

Very simply, a licence is the legal way for you to give permission for something to happen. Offering a licence carries some weight in that if they break the terms of your licence then you would be ...
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Is gear investment worth it for the freelance photographer?

TL/DR If you need the features of 'professional' gear it's worth the expenditure. After wading through the question body I think that your actual question is: 'Why spend the money on 'professional' ...
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How do you compose the price for the end product if it needs more then usual amount of retouching?

Usually re-touching is an add-on. Say something like this: basic retouching, included in a standard shoot, includes face retouching and global corrections, such as skin-tone or overall smoothing (or ...
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How much should I charge for my image?

A couple of guidelines from a business perspective on pricing: The minimum you can get is always 0 (They can choose not to license the image) It's often better to talk rates rather than per piece ...
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How do I know if I'm ready to turn professional?

Photography, as a career path, does not lend well to being an employee of some larger company. If you're going to do photography as an employee, you're typically either going to be doing simple, ...
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What is the best way to find someone to help critique my work?

Fred Miranda has in my opinion the best photography community on the internet right now. Try the appropriate Presentation board or the Photo Critique board.
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Do I edit before giving a client a choice, or let the client choose and then edit?

There's 'editing' (culling out the bad shots and near-duplicates, basic global adjustments for such things as color correction and exposure, cropping and straightening, etc.) and then there's Editing (...
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Is it possible to grant the license of photos before the commissioned shoot?

"Is it possible to grant the license of photos before the commissioned shoot"? Absolutely it is possible and it is best practice ( in your best interest ) to have an agreement or contract in place ...
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