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Old 06-09-2009, 01:16 PM
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Question What pictures to keep

Hi guys,

I think I posted this in the wrong forum the first time as I got no response.

Now that I back I'm thinking about contacting Alex and setting up a website. Hopefully linking with A.T.'s website for the sales part. Going through my portfolio I realize I have a wide verity of photos.

Three GP Hunters done by Coop
One GP Hunter done by AT
Two Persian Fillets done by AT
A couple of odd pieces done by Coop
Two Gent's Carries done by Coop
One Gent's Carry done by AT
One Gent's Carry done by me
The various Constitution knives done by Terrill

Now some of these are great photos but my work has improved a great deal over the time since they were shot. Some of the others are OK but they are of some of my better work. And than I have the Constitution knives that I was only one of the persons involved in their making.

Some of the questions are how many of each model should I keep? Do I only use high level shots even though they aren't necessarily my best work? Do I just do up a bunch of new knives and send them out for photos?

Any help would be appreciated,

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and depraved indifference to calories
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Old 06-10-2009, 10:54 AM
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If the knives were good enough to sell, then the photos of them should be fine, even if your work is better now. I would think that you'd want photos to demonstrate the variety of work you do (or models that you offer). As you make similar knives that are at your current skill level, update the photos and remove those of the older knives.
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Old 06-11-2009, 05:35 AM
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I would think Jim that you would want enough pictures to show of each of the models that you make. I agree with Armory if they were good enough to sell then they should be good enough to post of them.
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Old 06-13-2009, 06:54 PM
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Hi Jimbo,

Keep them all. Make the lesser knives smaller images, so the detail is lost, but the general idea is kept. Learning how to take great photos for your own website is NOT that hard.

Post your trials in the Photography forum, and we'll rip into it for improvements. Before you know it, you will either have glorious shots, or you'll be wingin' your camera out the window. But try.


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