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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

At the sort of geeky/cosplay events you describe a good solution might be to wear a T-Shirt which addresses the issue. Here's an example I found with a quick search. This should do a few things. To ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

It's not the camera they have to take seriously: it's you. Get past the shyness. You're all fans/reenactors together, you already have an instant bonding point. Appreciate the costume work they've ...
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Why do people keep telling me that I am a bad photographer?

they always ask me to do it. However, all of them commonly say that I cannot take nice photos It's weird that they don't like your work but continue to ask you to do it. Maybe there's some teasing/...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

I'm going to throw lots of ideas at a wall and make them stick. But changing cameras because it doesn't look the part is wrong. Use what is right for you. Start with an introduction, and offer to ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

The models are obviously seeking maximum exposure. They'll assume the people with several thousands worth of camera gear on them will be selling/providing the shots to magazines, big blogs, etc. ...
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Why do people keep telling me that I am a bad photographer?

I have come across this previously and unfortunately, due to the world we now live in, I learnt that people in general have a somewhat distorted view of how they look and what their best look is on a ...
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How to reposition subject in the same place and pose in a series of images over time

Fun idea. That could be called hyperlapse. If you use a specific memory card for that project, you can always switch from viewing the first photo of the project to live view. Another option is that ...
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Arranging 180 people on steps for photo

In my opinion, do not force sorting by height. People are supposed to have fun during the photo. People choose a place next to a friend or a group of friends, next to the crush; probably they arrived ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

I don't think it's about how people view your camera, it's about how people view you. If you're using an X-T2 and a 55/1.2 lens, it's quite enough for portraiture and the camera is capable of ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

Other than adding a battery grip or flash, you can't really make the camera larger, so it seems to me that your best options are to either prevent your subjects from judging the camera, or challenge ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

If you want the ultimate in recognition (whether rightly or wrongly) of being the baddest pro at the geekfest, get a couple of friends to be "assistants" and be your "voice activated light stands." ...
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How can I take a low-light portrait of a violinist, without dedicated lighting gear?

This is a basic low-key shot, but without the benefit of a flash you're going to need to work harder to get the big difference between subject and background. Without a flash, a good bet for the kind ...
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Why do people keep telling me that I am a bad photographer?

Consider moving closer to the subject and following the 'Rule of Thirds'. The problem with most of the advice you've been given is that there's too much of it. How are you going to remember it all ...
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How to reposition subject in the same place and pose in a series of images over time

Just take each shot so that it looks roughly right but with a wider lens/further away. Then match all images in post processing by cropping. This is a lot simpler than matching the images in camera. ...
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Is working as a model a good way to learn photography?

I don't think modeling is a good way to learn photography at all. It's a decent way to learn how to plan and perform a shoot but it has very very little with photography. She won't be controlling the ...
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Is working as a model a good way to learn photography?

Is working as a model a good way to learn photography? It can be, sure. Rather, if the question were more specifically, "is working as a model a good way to learn portrait photography?", sure, why ...
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How to reposition subject in the same place and pose in a series of images over time

I realise that I could measure the distance in each shot, and have a point on her body centered within the view finder. But what about possible elevation changes changing the angle? A quick way to ...
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Posing two male friends?

A great way to show great friendship between buddies, is to let them be themselves. Its amazing what they will come up with after the initial tentativeness of the situation, all whilst you just click ...
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How can I take a low-light portrait of a violinist, without dedicated lighting gear?

I'd use a flash on a stand triggered by your camera's flash. Control the spread of the lighting by using a 20 degree grid. A Yongnuo flash isn't terribly expensive and will help get the shot you are ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

Consider using an off-camera flash, with a portable flash modifier. I was helping my Dad take portraits of my mom at a Christmas lights show at night. I put a radio trigger on his, and acted as a ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

Cosplay as a "professional photographer" Yeah this is going to sound silly, but buy a photography vest, wear a camera backpack. Use a double-sling with a couple of ancient —but huge— DSLRs ...
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Why do people keep telling me that I am a bad photographer?

A few samples of your BEST photos may help us comment better. If flash is not used, cellphones benefit from good lighting. Ensure your subject is well illuminated. "Camera" motion must be minimised....
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Arranging 180 people on steps for photo

Tallest in the middle; shortest to the sides... the steps only keep people of the same height equally visible. Also, not part of the question, but I suggest taking the images in small bursts; and ...
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Arranging 180 people on steps for photo

Based on the comment, one possibility is to put the people at the bottom of the stairs, and take the photo from the top of the stairs. Will works even better with a balcony or window of tall building. ...
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How can I take a low-light portrait of a violinist, without dedicated lighting gear?

When photographing for painting you may want to aim for a sharper/clearer version of the shot. You might also want to do one against a light background. Are you in contact with the artist? If so, take ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

I would suggest you print a few of your best images and show your portfolio to the middle and ask them if they can pose that well? let them see what you can do. I get the same attitude holding a "...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

Get a fake, cheap, big but light plastic camera and carry it around in addition to your actual camera. You'll make a better impression and get more chances to shoot. By the time they realize the ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

How can I get models (attendees) to take me more seriously as a photographer with a small camera? If by "models" you've meant "people who don't know me" the answer sadly is: You can't. Try to see ...
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Why do people keep telling me that I am a bad photographer?

Not a technical thing, but in my experience many people also like if you duck down so that they appear taller.
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Posing two male friends?

I'd try to photograph from the front, the subjects with crossed arms, slightly leaning against the other one's shoulder. Here's why: maintaining professionalism That means you don't want anything ...
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