Making the Most of Bad Photography

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    Alright, Danny. I had to do some searching to locate these ... and then I had to take a deep breath ...

    A few years ago, I came up with the "brilliant" idea of doing "vintage" (Old West style) portraits.
    I had a little experience as a school portrait photographer,
    a lot of experience with costuming,
    and some experience building sets and props for community theatre.
    Plus, all that graphic design and marketing talent.

    I figured this was just the thing!

    My first portraits were very, very bad.... but I soon learned that vintage portraits are much more about entertainment, than they are about portraiture. Taking the picture was actually the least important thing; it was all about letting people dress up and play cowboy ....

    Hence, I decided to take some of the least professional - but FUNNIEST -- portraits, and use them as promotions. I made fun of myself.

    These are the three most popular designs -- I think I sold more of these "postcards" than I did portraits.

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    Oh! I guess I should add, for those of you unfamiliar -- Virginia City (home of the old TV series Bonanza) is a thriving tourist attraction, "Old West" town, near Lake Tahoe, Nevada. I don't know how many times I heard my customers say, "Oh! We did this in Virginia City ..."

    Hence, my slogan became, "I've got a feeling this isn't Virginia City."

    My operation was in the tiny burg of Baker, Nevada -- population 50 souls.
    Tourist visitors to the nearby Great Basin National Park are reportedly 86,000 annually.
    "Images Of The Vanishing West"

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    Cool shots photorover! really like the 2,3 one.

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    These are great!!!!!!!
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    Thanks, Jen!
    I figure, if the day ever comes when I cannot laugh at myself, I might as well just call it a day.

    BTW: the subjects in these shots all loved them with the thought bubbles, so I gave them all several copies to pass to their friends (with my company name on them, of course. )
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    Interesting.

    My wife and I have had tintypes done of ourselves years ago. We are Civil War reenactors and period photographers sometimes show up at events.

    What type of equipment were you using to do this?
    To make a difference in someones day or life, just be nice.

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    OFG, I think the period photogs have at least one great advantage -- no costumes to haul around!
    Tintypes would be incredible keepsakes!!

    My operation was all about instant gratification. I used a Sony Cybershot DSC F828, and HP PhotoSmart 7760. I printed the pics on the spot, and offered digital copies for $2.50 more. (I figured people were going to scan them, anyway, I might as well save them the trouble, and get a little cut at the point of sale.)

    I had a few studio lights and indoor sets, but most people opted to pose outdoors, with authentic old wood props and saddlery. It was extremely difficult, due to unpredictable light conditions, which obviously change with the time of day -- and the WIND factor.

    Not likely anything I would care to try again.
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    Great stuff , Photorover! Sometimes we all get a little too serious. Lets see "Photo Bloopers" , I think I found my strongest category! haha Phil

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    haha i love the first one! that girl on the left is giving such evil eyes!
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    Thanks, A2M!

    They really were a lot of fun.
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