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 1   Public Access - Post to all in these areas / PortraNet Lounge / Re: Welcome back Dennis Trawick  Jan 16th, 2016, 7:02pm 
Started by Ron | Last post by Dennis Trawick
My great pleasure, Ron.  I'm looking forward to "catching up"!
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 2   Public Access - Post to all in these areas / PortraNet Lounge / Re: PORTRANET OUTDATED ???  Aug 26th, 2015, 4:16pm 
Started by Ron | Last post by Ron
This gal came to me because I did a swimmer from her school 3 years ago and she was blown away.   3 years later - she came in for swimming shots.
 
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 3   Public Access - Post to all in these areas / News / PortraNET outdated ???  Aug 26th, 2015, 3:09pm 
Started by Ron | Last post by Ron

I've heard this twice from people who have considered joining last week and today.  I wanted to try and explain that in order to see any thing update, you must have access to the area. MEMBERS are in the member areas and we're active in the project folders.  The other areas such as posing and lighting - have had my personal attention for over a decade. I spent 70 hours a week for many years pouring what I know into them. Eventually "it's all there".  Occasionally (RARE) someone might have a question that isn't covered in the instructional areas.  I then respond in the associated "class room" area for the topic.  Again people on the outside thinking of joining will not see any sign of this internal activity.
 
There are a couple public areas - this one and the lounge.  Those are not used by members. There is no reason to post in the lounge because we do all the work inside.  Also we of course don't want internal teachings in the free area that wouldn't make sense would it.
 
Last week a young man who has great interest in portrait photography was painting my home. (porches)  He asked what I did and I told him and he expressed his interest. I told him of PortraNET and he thought the same. Asking if there is any activity, it seemed dead?. I gave him the email address's for abouy 6 local members (because he's also local to me). And he joined after contacting these people.
 
Today a past member and friend of mine from PortraNET asked if I was still teaching. She said she referred a young lady and that gal said it looked outdated here.   I asked "what area or info seemed outdated"?
 
When I started portranet about 12-13 years ago.  I created the intro and promo, informational pages.  These are over a decade old, but I've not found the need to update anything?  It's all the same except 10 years old and 10 YEARS MORE INFO!
 
I also get primarily referrals which won't really look at the intro-information. They see my students work, ask where they learned and when referred they join.  
 
I retired from my studio work, but I setup my camera room at home so I can shoot the occasional portrait and do work for my PortraNET members.  All my time goes into PortraNET and my members now. I've been blessed to be semi retired at 45 and fully retired at 55.  
 
At to outdated info.  Please realize that the rules of portraiture and the rules are art do not change.  The rules of lighting go back over 100 years, rules of composition and posing and how to build a flattering pose do not change.  The educational contact does not get outdated.
 
STYLES change!  no doubt, there are new and interesting and creative ideas that do update and we share what we're doing or members will ask me how someone else has done something they've seen posted online and I'm here to share anything a member needs.
 
I guess if I needed to attract more members, I'd ignore my current members and would give a completely new facelift to the promo and try and attack new members. But that's not really my style. My members come first, promoting for MORE MEMBERS isn't a priority.
 
I just wanted to come in and explain a bit about this since I've heard the comment twice in the past 10 days.  I assure you - we're active and growing every day.
 
Feel free to post any questions or concerns in the lounge area!   I do believe you have to REGISTER to post in the lounge.  We had to change to this because people were logging in (as they do on all forums) and were posting links to their my pictures sites.  I then had to restrict posting to people I've allowed who have valid registrations.
 
Anyway hope I explained and eliminated any such concerns.
 
Ron

 
STILL HERE - more of these in the lounge area!  Here's one I shot last week.
 
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 4   Public Access - Post to all in these areas / News / Featured student - I don't do this much any more  Mar 4th, 2015, 1:38pm 
Started by Ron | Last post by Ron
To much inside - and just not into self promotion of PortraNET out here... but this post today came up by Kraindy Rosenberg.  It was posted in the wrong place and splicing it into her folder I was presented with her first "pre-portranet" shot.  I went WOW... really. And felt I needed to share her success.
 
This was her image today she posted. It has some minor issues which I helped her with. (primarily a tricky lighting situation) but I shared some tricks I'd have done. Anyway - it's a beautiful shot.  SEE BELOW TOP.  Then I'll post two of the first shots she posted in her member folder after just joining.
 

 
 
AND TWO OF HER INITIAL POSTS JUST AFTER JOINING...
 

 

 
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 5   Public Access - Post to all in these areas / PortraNet Lounge / Re: Welcome Kevin and Shelly Rumph  May 22nd, 2014, 10:25pm 
Started by Ron | Last post by Shelley Rumph
Thanks Ron!  I'm really looking forward to it too!
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 6   Public Access - Post to all in these areas / News / Re: Tamara Smith - wow  May 13th, 2014, 8:27am 
Started by Ron | Last post by Tamara Smith
Thank you!  She is beautiful on the inside and out.  It is hard to believe that she is so grown up.  I do enjoy this stage of watching her become a young lady, but sometimes I want her to be 2 again.
 
Thank you Ron, for your teaching.  You have quite a gift to be able to create such beautiful art AND teach others how to as well.  Joining Portranet was the best decision I have ever made for my business.
 
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 7   Public Access - Post to all in these areas / PortraNet Lounge / Re: Questions: PortraNet.com for a newbie?  May 10th, 2014, 12:38am 
Started by Del Laird | Last post by Mort Harwood
Gotta chime in on this one...
 
Joining PN is definitely the best thing I ever did for my photography.  I'm a hobbyist and all my friends and family have commented on how my portraits have elevated to a new level in the last couple of years.  (Since joining PN, but they don't know that.)
 
Four of my friends right now are using my portraits as their profile image on Facebook, and I've received tons of compliments along the lines of "Who takes these gorgeous portraits of you?"  (That's a direct quote from Facebook.)  Really a great feeling for me to see that.
 
That never would have happened without PN.
 
Ron teaches you not only all the technical know-how (which obviously is an essential foundation), but also how to THINK and BEHAVE.  Being a photographer (once you have mastered lighting, posing, and retouching) is all about THINKING and BEHAVIOR.  That's what it takes to get to master portrait artist level.  I just renewed for my 3rd year...still much more to learn and perfect.
 
I get personal instruction from Ron.  He personally critiques EVERY single photo I post, and personally answers EVERY single question I post.  If you post every portrait you shoot, the amount of learning that takes place is just priceless.  You need a thick skin...Ron will not appease you...he tells it like it is.
 
Quite amazing how seldom (very rare) I disagree with anything in his critiques.  Things I never notice on my own when looking at my portraits, Ron spots them instantly...and I always end up saying to myself "Yeah, he's right, that's not pro level, I better pay attention to that next time."
 
So the more you post the faster you learn.  Simple formula.  But the formula only works because the best in the business is the person who personally critiques your portraits.
 
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 8   Public Access - Post to all in these areas / PortraNet Lounge / Re: PortraNet still in operation?  May 9th, 2014, 3:59pm 
Started by Dan_Spencer | Last post by Ron
something posted "INSIDE today" by Tamara Smith
 
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 9   Public Access - Post to all in these areas / PortraNet Lounge / Re: Had to Share and it's Tamara Smith again!  Dec 8th, 2013, 7:59pm 
Started by Ron | Last post by Mort Harwood
Amazing!  Love the dreamy artwork in the bottom of the frame.  Love everything about this actually!
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 10   Public Access - Post to all in these areas / PortraNet Lounge / Re: One of my favorites from my first maternity sh  Sep 10th, 2013, 9:54pm 
Started by Robert Nix | Last post by Mort Harwood
I think this is really beautiful.  I might have asked her to remove the watch since it seems a little distracting.  I might also think about removing (on the computer) the bush behind her.  Also maybe smooth out or remove some of the bumps in her pants.
 
And I'm trying to visualize it, but I wonder what it would have looked like if you had put her directly in front of the sun instead of having the sun in front of her.  (Shoot it both ways and see...maybe you did already and this one works best...I'm just wondering out loud.)
 
Or maybe better yet...sometimes the sky is nicest for using as a backdrop just AFTER the sun has set...the colors sometimes get deeper and redder just after sunset.
 
But enough with all that nit-picking.  It's really very nice, I like!
 
I joined a little over a year ago, have learned a ton.  Ron pours a lot into helping his students go from PWC portraits to pro portraits.  I've had many of my family and friends comment on how much my work has improved since joining PortraNET.  Feels good to be able to (know how to) do nice work.  Still much to improve on and get consistency with, but man what a great find it was for me to stumble upon PortraNET and decide to join.
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