I dont post- but am a frequent reader and finally got around to registering today.
I dont know why people are more excited about this:
I went to the previous one and have gotten word this one will be much better. Go to the facebook site for more frequent updates- you can like it so it comes up on your newsfeed
This is a really good opportunity- I got some real good shots at the NYC one.
First, Welcome to the forum. Please do not let my mini rant below discourage you from participating. Feel free to blast me for being opinionated and short sited, many others do on a regular basis. You did not think of this promotion so you should not feel responisble for it.
Second, I guess I am not excited about this for a few reasons....
One, I live in Atlanta.
Two, why on earth would I want to build my portfolio this way? If I can't create the lighting to get good model shots, then I shouldn't get the job. Just bring my camera??????? This tells my that everything will be set for me. How is that good for me? Now, if they would workshop it for me and let me make mistakes and learn from them, well then, maybe...but I still live in Atlanta.
Three, what about the make-up? A good make-up artist can get $500 and up for a ultra pro photo shoot and your standard wedding make-up artist will get at least $200. Again, this is done for me.
four, If American Photo would advertise this as, "So, you want to shoot pretty women but don't want to learn how? Come to the Model Photo shoot and build a portfolio that in no way represents your skills, but maybe it will get you a date at the local Hooters." Maybe I would be more excited about it. And, there are Hooters in Atlanta, but I am married, so I am still not excited.
One reason some people aren't too excited is that it cost $279.
How many people attended the one in NYC? Guess
Is there a time limit that individuals have on a setup or model?
I find it hard to believe that they are using "Hot" lights.
Do you work for AP? I ask because they have never paid attention to this forum since I have been a member unless they want something.
If it is truly run right it IS a good way for a beginner to build up a portfolio.
A camera store in LA used to have them two or three times a year. They had 100 or more models at the two events I went to at a cost of $8.00. Most of the girls were good looking and had done some modeling. But there were a few that only had their photos taken because they were not that good looking nor did they appear to know how to pose.
I have stopped going to gangshoots because there are too many trying to get the right spot for the proper angle.
Thanks for the info. Someone a lot closer to Ft. Lauderdale than I am my want to attend.
Over achievers make the rest of us look bad.
I think that, for what is being charged, it would be a total waste of time and money. No lighting class? No learning how to set up shots? Do you learn what angles work best to bring out features/ hide flaws? Do you learn any retouching at all or any post processing?
Lynn, the NYC one says it was sold out, but that could be 10 people, it depends on how many they were planning on to begin with.
They might use hot lights for high key or maybe they meant backlights, who knows....
I live less than an hour out of Manhattan. For the cost of bus fare I can go in and shoot people for free.