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    What are your biggest photography and business weaknesses?

    In my travels I consistently recognize the same creative and business weaknesses. I'm curious...

    What are YOUR weaknesses? What can you simply not get a handle on? Is it lighting, posing, off camera flash etc...

    For business, is it that you simply don't know how to sell yourself or your art, branding etc.

    I'll go first:

    Creative: Direction/communication. I'm constantly trying to improve the way I articulate my vision to my subjects so they can more easily grasp what I am trying to achieve.

    Business: Focus. It's so easy to become distracted by opportunities. Remaining committed to my core goals and vision can sometimes be difficult. Learning to say 'no' is the key.

    I'd really like to hear what your weaknesses are?

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    My main weakness is the inability to do well in photographic competitions.

    On a different matter, what some may perceive as another weakness in me is my limited subject matter interest. I have very specific subject matter interests and rarely deviate from that. I don't view it as a weakness, as over time I have "specialised" if you like. When I started, like most people, I photographed anything and everything. Over time I found what I really like, and concentrated on that, pushing aside other subject matter. I didn't set out to photograph what I photograph; I fell into it, and loved it.

    I'd rather do a few things well than lots of things very ordinarily.

    So to that end, I don't see my stance on subject matter (I'm fussy about subject matter and light) as a weakness. Sure, I do deviate into other secondary subject matter interests from time to time, and occasionally do something very out-of-character, but I am a creature of habit and make no apologies for being so.

    As for business; I cannot add anything there; photography is about pleasure for me, not business.
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    for me its

    -procrastination - leaving things till last min ie. editing, replying to clients
    -overbooked travel schedules - traveling for shoots domestically and internationally is great and all, but you actually lose out a lot of business back home when you are away
    -keeping things simple - I just cant

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xenedis View Post


    and occasionally do something very out-of-character
    You bought a Pentax?

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    Quote Originally Posted by maccaroneski View Post
    You bought a Pentax?
    I haven't hit rock-bottom quite yet.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Xenedis View Post
    I haven't hit rock-bottom quite yet.
    Can I suggest a real camera... http://www.pentax.jp/english/imaging...d/feature.html

    I think problem is your gear
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    Selling myself : I really am not good at the 'used car salesman" type pitch. It is not that I do not know how to, I do, I just don't like promoting myself. maybe my ego isn't big enough?
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    Quote Originally Posted by JM Tran View Post
    for me its

    leaving things till last min ie. ........ replying to clients
    See now for me, as a consumer, this pisses me off no end. I am very big on communicating in a timely manner. If you left me hanging Jackie, I wouldnt hire you again.
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    I don't push my photos hard enough. It's not really selling them for money, but just getting them out there, so more people can see them. What's the point in taking them if nobody but me sees them. I can do more locally, where the real value is. Get more people to appreciate the fungi (and other things) here by seeing the photos and then that will lead to more things. Maybe that should be one of my projects for the next year.

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    Quote Originally Posted by bigdazzler View Post
    See now for me, as a consumer, this pisses me off no end. I am very big on communicating in a timely manner. If you left me hanging Jackie, I wouldnt hire you again.
    dw Darren, for our dinner date, I wont leave u hanging

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    Quote Originally Posted by Kym View Post
    I think problem is your gear
    Heh. Never blame on gear any shortcomings you can attribute to human intervention. :-)

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    Zeke; Unless you are a famous Australian wedding photographer who lives across the strait from your stated location and are going incognito on AP, I don't think it's good form to copy a question from an american genre specific site almost word for word and pass it off as your own.

    It is a fine question and one that is worth us all considering, but really poor form. At least your answers are almost entirely your own.
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    But of course, if you knew what your weaknesses were, they wouldn't be. Make sense?
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    Definitely procrastination... I tend to leave this to the last minute, too easily distracted. Those last few moments are always incredibly productive and efficient though!
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    Quote Originally Posted by virgal_tracy View Post
    Zeke; Unless you are a famous Australian wedding photographer who lives across the strait from your stated location and are going incognito on AP, I don't think it's good form to copy a question from an american genre specific site almost word for word and pass it off as your own.

    It is a fine question and one that is worth us all considering, but really poor form. At least your answers are almost entirely your own.
    I thought it was a great question, hence the recycling.

    I didn't post it for my own benefit, but for the members here.

    There's nothing new under the sun.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JM Tran View Post
    dw Darren, for our dinner date, I wont leave u hanging
    HAHAHHAHA

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    Quote Originally Posted by JM Tran View Post
    dw Darren, for our dinner date, I wont leave u hanging
    mmmm .... youre a worry Mr.Tran

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