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(Message started by: Ron Kramer on Oct 24th, 2003, 3:54pm)

Kudo's
Post by Ron Kramer on Oct 24th, 2003, 3:54pm
I just got this in private mail from someone who has been a member for almost a month.  He said I could make it public so here it is.  Thanks for the comments Carl!  These keep me motivated.

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Hey Ron, Thanks for everything you offer here on PortraNET!

Here are some of the things I love about being here on PortraNET

1. Learning great techniques that will advance me as a photographer

2. Learning these techniques from a super great guy. Seriously, I think you are such a nice person.

3. Your daughter Kami shines in your instruction videos and I think she has such a great laugh, she's cute as a button and I love to watch how great you two get along on the videos... it really makes watching them more enjoyable (I see star quality in Kami).

4. I really love how you don't hold anything back. The reason why I don't talk much on this learning seminar is because you make everything so clear and easy to find. If I have a question however, I know I can ask and get a speedy response (not that I expect down to the second response though).

5. I don't feel bugged, bothered or pressured here in any way (meaning to keep up and that sort of thing). I can learn at my own pace. Believe me, its a fast pace... but its my pace! Wow, I learn at a fast pace and there's still so much to learn.

6. You have given more than I expected. You are truly a very giving person. I hope your rewards are great in life... You deserve them!

7. I've learned more about lighting on PortraNET than I've learned from reading a dozen books or more.

8. I love your simplicity approach.

9. Anything I have forgotten to mention here thats great about PortraNET... I meant to say it!  


I didn't know where to post this so I'm sending it in a private message.  Feel free to post wherever.

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Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron Kramer on Oct 24th, 2003, 5:27pm
Posting today in video library area

reposted here:

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Ron,
  I know the audio is not the best with these particular videos, but you are going to make a fortune when you start selling these.  I think the video portion of PortraNet alone is worth the price of membership.  Keep up the great work!

Cheers,
Patrick

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Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron Kramer on Nov 30th, 2003, 12:04am
One today from new member Kirk H.

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Wow, Ron.
In less than two hours, I've learned more about portrait shooting than I've learned in months at other sites.  
I can hardly tear myself away.  There's so much value here.
I can't wait to pick up my camera and lights again!

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You've only touched the surface Kirk! enjoy-
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Re: Kudo's
Post by Curtis Cleaves on Dec 11th, 2003, 7:58pm
Ron,

I've been trying to catch up all week and I would just get further and further behind. Well today after about 4 hours I've caught up. College isn't this much work.

Just wanted to let you know the segment you just did on color balancing was outstanding! This is such a closely guarded secret in our profession (cause really only a handful know how and I don't think they can explain it). I don't think I have ever seen it explained in such easy to follow and understand instructions. Your simple methodologies never cease to amaze me.

I really think you should get an award for that one though.

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron Kramer on Dec 11th, 2003, 10:48pm
Glad to hear it Curtis, I've spend many a unhappy hour printing thousands of senior orders in the lab 27 years ago. I have lots of experience in that area.  :-/

Luckily it helps in my work today, I can talk to the lab in an intelligent way to convey what I expect from them, and of course they can't weasel their way out of things because I know how they should be done when right.  ;D

None of this stuff is very complex. The problem is there is too much fluff around the essentials. Cut away the fluff and it leaves things easy to understand and remember - basic facts.

Glad I could help!


Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron Kramer on Dec 15th, 2003, 9:22pm
Had to copy this one out of PortraNET out to the public area too, This one posted today from Riva...


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My first post!  Portranet is the best money I have ever spent!  Thank you, thank you, thank you Ron!  I was thinking of taking some photography courses at the local community college, but this is by far better information and instruction than I could ever get in school.  My only regret is that I didn't join sooner!  Anyway, it's going to take me forever to catch up on all the good info here.  I decided to start out with lighting only.

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Her first picture is really cute and shows great promise and that she's read a great deal already. Watch for her stuff in the future!

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron Kramer on Dec 19th, 2003, 7:22pm
Had to copy this one out to the public area too, from today - new member that just joined and has been cramming with all the the info.

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Ron.

I just read your "shooting in the garage" a few minutes ago and just had to go do that for myself!  So, I persuaded my wife(sweatpants and all) to go down to the garage with me for 2 minutes tops.(She was not in the mood to pose today! LOL!)  I opened the garage, set up my silver reflector, took a few quick shots and then we were done.  It literally took 2 minutes!  The light was wonderful!!  Here's a quick look.

OK, can you tell that I am excited about signing up now!!  I'll be studying the posing sections tonight!

Thanks again Ron!

Kevin

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No lighting equipment needed for high end portraiture looks - using just a camera in the garage  ;D

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron Kramer on Feb 18th, 2004, 4:43pm
Thanks Cheryl!

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Hi Ron,

Just wanted to let you know that I really appreciate all the work you continue to put into improving the website... it was awesome when I started in November and it just keeps getting better and better!  You are a perfectionist and we are definitely benefitting greatly from that.  

Your candor in critiquing my folder submissions is something I look forward to reading.  If I wanted blind praise, I'd still be over at "edited out".
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Re: Kudo's
Post by Nicole Bellemare on Feb 18th, 2004, 9:11pm
Ok here is my view on why I am so happy to have joined.  First I had some difficulty to decide to join, because actually I make no money with photography, only expense.  ;D
After one day of reading instructions, I was very excited to see how technical can be simple when it is understood.  Ron has this talent to simplify everything, and  the generosity to share all his tricks with us.  Before I joined I had the feeling to turn around and stay at the same place.  I was trying, trying and trying to have some constancy with my lighting without success.  Actually, I feel more confident and I know what I have to check to get good results.  I have a long way to go, but with the help of Ron, I know it will be possible to be successful.
Portranet is a great project, original, and for everybody who is serious to learn in photography.  I live in a small village and I am autodidact.  For me Portranet is the ideal solution, because I can study at my hours and get all the essential informations.  After all these years in photography, we can still feel the flame that live in you Ron and there is no surprise to see your success in business.  You have a nice family who contributes with the video and  you can thank them for us.
I would have like to write in French to deliver my thoughts with more accuracy, but I hope my message is clear enough. :)
Nicole

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron Kramer on Mar 12th, 2004, 1:32pm
This just in a PM to me today from someone thinking of enrolling:

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Ron,

Just wanted you to know -- I e-mailed around 10 of your members asking how they felt the experience with PortraNet has been. And I did not find a single complaint (that's unusual?) and I'm glad. Most of my responses were INCREDIBLE, AWESOME, etc, etc.  

I'm gonna join real soon . . . please save a spot for me.  

R.M

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron Kramer on Mar 31st, 2004, 4:32pm
3-3-04  New member writes after only a couple days...

Ron,  


I just want to say, I'm thrilled I have joined!  There was no question in mind I was going to find some great stuff, but I was not ready for what you have here.  
 
Thank you sir!!  

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron Kramer on Apr 8th, 2004, 11:25pm
Had to share this comment from Debbie from an answer I gave today...

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Great response, Ron!  I always think of you when I see the commercial about the guy who wants to give customers more than they expect (shows him as a little kid going way above and beyond on chores and odd jobs).  Can't remember who the commercial is for, but it's you.  My husband is a college administrator and he remarks often that you are a natural teacher.  Thank you for investing so much time and thought!  Debbie
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Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron Kramer on May 6th, 2004, 5:38pm
copied from email to me:

New Member Mark Davidson after a couple days of membership writes:

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Thanks Ron,

I stayed up for hours studying. Today I did my first Business H&S session using
you lighting and posing guides.  The client liked it so much she
ordered $300+ in prints when she said she only wanted a low res file.
The best part was that it took 4MINUTES!

Thanks again

Mark Davidson

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron Kramer on May 8th, 2004, 12:06pm
Hahaha I had to post this one public, received it in PM today a couple days after a member joined as a  Read/only member.

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Please upgrade me to the full member status on the following card #
(EDITED OUT)
I can see  PortraNET is really worth it. I look forward to getting more involved with the others here . "

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Ron says:
I have to say, as a skeptic I'd do the same. (peek first as R/O and upgrade after being blown away. (Thanks Mark - I'm glad to see you're pleased.)

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron Kramer on May 24th, 2004, 11:29am
This on in PM today from a new paid member

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Hello Ron,

It is awesome in here! At the time you were going to start PN
I was lurking at a site where someone posted a "portrait" that
to put it kindly, was pretty bad (like mine will be at first). He was
getting the usual attaboys when some guy named Ron Kramer
dropped his .02....  

It was a brutaly honest critique but you offered excellent advise.  
I checked out your site and followed PN's growth since then. You
reap what you sow.

I spent a couple of hrs on earlier today. I am sooo glad I joined.

Amalio

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron Kramer on Jul 17th, 2004, 1:21pm
This one posted in the member area:

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I joined (name EDITED OUT) a while back (also have their DVD) and I was really disappointed. the videos are crap and more a show (off) thing than an actual learning experience (to me at-least).

Also caused me to be somewhat sceptical about PortraNet at first and made me not join for a while.

Now I'm really glad I did.  

Learned more in the initial 5 min. of watching my first portranet video than all the 18+ hours of (EDITED OUT) TV.

I do like the work of some of the (EDITED OUT) contributors however I feel that on portraits/seniors You (Ron) have the (creative) edge and on learning experiance/transferring knowledge you absolutely blow them away...

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Thanks so much Jereon, I try to deliver my best to my clients and to my PortraNET members!


Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron Kramer on Aug 1st, 2004, 12:07pm
Cheryl posted today

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THANK YOU SO MUCH for all your help last week with my color problem.  I can't tell you how excited I was when I saw these images -- no "green" goblin to fight.  Sure makes prepping proofs more enjoyable... and SO much quicker, too!      I was so frustrated by the situation -- and all the HOURS I was spending on color correction -- that I was almost (almost!) ready to give up.  I know you are in the middle of your busy season and I really appreciate the time you took to help me get this situation corrected.  This is the kind of assistance you can't get on ANY of the other websites I've seen!
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This is what PortraNET is about, eliminating frustrating problems and shortening the learning curve.  Yes, I hate it that I can't give all my time to PortraNET in July and August, but I have to work sometime!    ;D

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron Kramer on Aug 3rd, 2004, 3:07pm
Mark Thiel posted today in one of his project threads.

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We really liked using a combination of tools you gave on traditional female posing.  We had a laptop in the basement so we could watch the video, pause, setup and try it.  We also printed out the complimentary posing instructional sheets, so we could lay them in front of us while I attempted to pose her.  The tools are great!!!!  I just need a lot of work.  Thanks so much for the work you put forth to make these tools available.  Other members bragged about the depth of this site, when I asked before joining.  Now I see what they were talking about!

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Thanks Mark, you're putting them to good use, great job on todays project.
Ron

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron Kramer on Aug 9th, 2004, 5:48pm
This one posted to me today by Andre Patton (hope it's okay to share here).

I really appreciate all the awesome feedback, keeps me motivated here!

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Ron,

I learned about you from being a ‘lurker’ on zuga.net and it was clear that I was drawn to your photos as I waited weekly for a new post (and some other guy named pfiltz indoor shots). Anyway, I have recently visited another 'top' poster’s forum on their website and after seeing their teaching style versus yours…I have absolutely no regrets about joining PortraNet.  None!

I now seriously doubt that I could have learned what I have learned in the last 2-3 months than the months of reading books or lurking in forums would have taught me. No doubt about that! I am sure that I will never buy another howto book on photography again.

I really do appreciate your help with my MANY questions and more than that… the speed of the response. Turn-around time for responses are less than a day!

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Thanks so much Andre! - your work shows MASSIVE improvement in a VERY SHORT TIME, it's amazing what progress people can make if they just do the simple things I teach here.

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Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron Kramer on Aug 10th, 2004, 11:01am
One today posted in a member thread by Dave Blankenship

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Thank you for the best photography site in cyberland!!  You have the best professional photography learning (applying) site available ...AVAILABLE ANYWHERE....handsdown....I wish I'd had something like this to come to in 1991 when I started out.....blows my mind how you reply to everyone here....and now that your digital.....its gonna get LOTS better.  Ya know what buddy?   I can make a living here ..on just a bit of your ideas Ron!  Thank You for the constant flow of ideas....I sure can't implement them all...nor do I need to.  

dave
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Thanks Dave - re: replies to all, I don't run this like a forum, I look at it as my job. And each member is a client. It's not cheap, but I still want to make sure what my clients here get for their money is worth 10X more than what they paid.  I just feel bag I can't give more during my senior season. (but lots more to come as things slow up a bit next month).



Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron Kramer on Aug 12th, 2004, 12:32pm
Not really a Kudo - but more of 'results gained'.

Kathy posted this today in the studio operations area -

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Thank you Ron!  The numbers are in for the first 6 weeks, since implementing our new policies, procedures & pricing, that we modeled after yours,
and the sales are $15,000. higher than last year for the same 6 weeks!
Whoopee!!!   (I guess I will renew Portanet again, eh?  )
Thanks to you. Ron, and, also to Joy because alot of this was due to the information I received from Joy and her way of running the studio.  THANKS JOY!

When I look at everyones folders, and see how they are rapidly progressing, I'm afraid to say that I am sort of progressing at a much slower pace, with regard to posing and lighting.  I haven't had much time to study on line.  I would like to come again to Michigan.... when?
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Thanks Kathy GREAT to hear the increase - 6 weeks? 15k more?  Lets see after twelve weeks 30k more?  = )   When in Michigan? say when and we'll set up another workshop.

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron Kramer on Oct 1st, 2004, 5:13pm
I received this in PM today from Andre - a new photographer who's been taking my teachings and using them by the book. His work as been very impressed - And here's a msg from him to me today.

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I just got home from work today, and www.whcc.com left me a message stating that they loved my proofbook so much that they want to make a copy of it to use for display in their store.  

Needless to say I am shocked and suprised as this is not common for me (thanks to your teaching) as I would have never thought a prolab would use one of my items! But here is my question. What would you do in this situation?
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Congrats for doing work that they feel is some of the best if not the best that they print! Kenvin J. Also had a similar honor and was asked if they could do a article on him for a pro photographer newsletter) I think it comes out next month. (WPI or something like that).

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron Kramer on Oct 2nd, 2004, 1:12pm
One from Robert Mullin's today - not really a Kudo's - but certainly a great thing!.

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Robert said in his project folder (posted with a recent H&S portrait)

I have been getting at least 5 calls a week now -- 100& referals -- from business people wanting me to shoot them.  I might develop a niche in this area and become known for this stuff! I love my day job -- but I made an extra $500 last week. Thanks Ron!  I need help here with the hairlight??

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500 bucks for a couple hours work total, not bad.  Makes PortraNET pretty cheap if not free in the long year.  ;D



Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron Kramer on Nov 1st, 2004, 3:11pm
Just a reply from Mark Rash's project folder after my critique of his recent family portrait submission.

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Thank you SOOOOO MUCH for your detailed comments.  These help me more than you will ever know.  I've felt for a long time that I was just missing too many little things, but I couldn't pin point them.  You have not only nailed them right on the head, but given me very clear, specific, easy solutions to fix them.

THANK YOU, THANK YOU, THANK YOU!!!


Mark Rash

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron Kramer on Nov 13th, 2004, 11:04am
Comment today posted by Steve Slate in his project folder.

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I think I got the lighting down now, it's time to start refining my posing (understanding it better).   Thanks for all of your comments.  I knew the investment I made with portranet would benefit me greatly!!!!  I've learned so much in just 2 short months.  And think, I still have 10 more months to go.  Thanks again for all you do.....  

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Your welcome!

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron Kramer on Nov 13th, 2004, 7:00pm
One from today from Lisa Glanton

I love the difference in my portraits, compared to BF (before Portranet). And I have only just begun.  I have studied, and read and attended so many classes, lectures, meeting, etc and have never had things laid out is such a simple and easy to understand fashion.
The excitement about photography is back again and I so look forward to getting home every day to log on to Portranet.  Sales average has increased and I know will continue to do so, as long as I apply what I learn HERE.  Wish I hadn't waited so long to become a member.   Thanks again!!!!


Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron Kramer on Nov 15th, 2004, 8:02pm
One today from Curt - who just joined a few hours ago.  (If something sounds to good to be true - it usually isn't).  BUT THIS IS!   ;D

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Ron:
This is awesome.  I haven't been able to tear myself away. I can already see how my photography is going to be King in Eastern Kansas. Thanks again, and tell Joy thanks for putting up with the odd sign up situation!  
Curt
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Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron Kramer on Nov 18th, 2004, 3:06pm
I have to say - comments keep me striving for excellence... Just received this one from a brand spanking new member.

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Ron,

This place is so unbelievable. My wife and I are located in a very small town in Oklahoma: Population 1,500. With what we have learned in just a few hours this morning is going to help us tremendously!


Is it too early to upload a couple of before/after shots? My wife is the computer whiz and has already changed a couple of our poses. Let me know what you think!!

Brent Lansden
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Thanks Brent - I know it is !  It's 30 years of my life all condensed down into the MEAT of what I do.  And Instead of taking 30 years like I have, it can be assimilated in a few short months.  What is more unbelievable is the price.  - enjoy :D

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron Kramer on Dec 7th, 2004, 1:10pm
Just in - email from Mike Davis....

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Ron,

I have a confession.  I spent the last two weeks trying to find out 'bad'
things about Portranet on line.  After all if I was going to send 1500.00
to a complete stranger I wanted to see what his detractors had to say.

Funny thing, in this day of instant and complete information I couldn't
find anything!  Well one guy on DP who didn't know you said you owed your
success to heavy photoshop re-touching.

So I checked that out.  Funny thing, on some of the close up of the senior
gals you can see pores and 'girl' moustaches.  If you were using gaussian
blur to soften your images those would be the first things to go.

Tonight had a look around lighting, make-up, business.  Already I've
learned simple things that can immediately improve my portraiture.
Feather front and center into a reflector, use translucent face powder.
Simple things, but how long would it have taken to learn by myself?

I enjoy your presence on the video I watched as well.  I'm an outgoing
quick witted person (so I'm told).  It works very well with weddings I'm
sure it will work with seniors as well.

I'm sure I've given you enough strokes in this and my previous emails
;-)  .  Now it's time to get down to business.  I just wanted to let you
know how happy I am with my membership after about 4 hours.

Mike Davis

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re: photoshop - until just a few months ago - all my work was film! - and never touched photoshop.  (hehehe)  I now use photoshop as I would correct color and retouch film in a lab.

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron Kramer on Dec 8th, 2004, 10:20am
One today from Bill in email.

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Ron,

I spent part of the afternoon on the site, starting with the New Members
section, then a first pass through Lighting as you suggested.   Won't be
able to start shooting until the weekend,  but I'm already glad I joined.

Bill

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Just wait until you explore the other areas, videos! - and check out the info in the project folders, Ron's setup shots etc...   it can only get 100X better! :D

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron Kramer on Jan 30th, 2005, 1:12pm
Just posted in the member area from a new member...  A banker by trade for 27 years. I enjoyed hearing this and wanted to share it. (keeping his name with held unless he wants to reply) since this is a public area.

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I get requests for weddings and portraits from friends and family and was surfing the net for good poses and found the HOP.  I kept returning and hoping that Ron would figure out a way to teach people his skill.  Then when I found out about PN I was excited but the money held me back (its a banker thing).  Anyway work got boring and I was looking for something to get out of the rat race and with the encourgement of my wife decided to come up the the $$.  After reading this site for the past 30 days, what a bargan.

I would love to make this my primary occupation and will be working to that end so I can say goodby to banking.  My goal is to be up and going in 24 months.

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Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Feb 21st, 2005, 10:30am
Received this one today in PM from Starla Hock.
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Ron,  

Just wanted to let you know that I am simply thrilled with what I'm learning on Portranet as R/O! Thanks so much for making Portranet what it is. By the way, I updated my profile pic and equipment list today. Got the equipment last week and took the picture this weekend. My new pic may not yet be "Kramer" level yet but it is a definite improvement from what it was! Still so much to learn but so glad to be a part of Portranet!!

Thanks so much!  
Starla

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THANK YOU - SO GLAD YOU'RE THRILLED!  :D

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Feb 22nd, 2005, 6:08pm
In email today - From new R/O member Nikki P.

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Thanks for the heads up and I LOVE Portranet already.  Stayed on until about 1:00 am. this morning. I will never get 8 hours of sleep again. Thanks. Nikki

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Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Feb 22nd, 2005, 9:56pm
Honestly - I've never had a bad comment!  This one today with a renewal payment for 2nd year.

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It has been very rewarding being on PortraNET.  If you remember, I wasn't sure if someone could teach another how to see the light and the pose.  It  doesn't always come as easy as I wish, but I do see great improvement in my images.  

The other day someone was telling me how their husband was going to school to learn photography,  sadly, they gave their money to NYIP.  I told her to look up Ron Kramer on the net.  The very best school out there.  She wrote it down.  The word is spreading.

Thanks Ron

Leslie Caldwell

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Thanks!

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Feb 25th, 2005, 6:44pm
Received this one today in PM, - had to share it - made my day.
From Amy C.
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Ron I got the coolest compliment today.
I was showing a photographer friend of mine some recent post-portranet shots I've taken.  Before I said a word about Portranet she said "what are you doing differently? These pop!"
That was so exciting for me - that someone else is seeing a difference, and after only 3 weeks!  Just think- a year from now, my shots should be awesome!!!  
Thank you for everything you do, Ron.  

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Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Feb 25th, 2005, 6:47pm
Another one today in PM (I hope it's okay I post these publically, since they were posted to me in "private mail".
From A.R.
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Hi Ron

Wow... wow... I feel flattered to see myself on the frontpage of portranet - let me say that I never thought that I could come so far in such a short time. Its simply again a testimony to your input and patience that so many people show such vast improvement in such short a measure of time.

I have talked to a few other members and keep saying - this was the BEST ever $1500 I have ever spent.  

I only noticed it today, because by default I have the internal main page bookmarked - so dont see the front page reguarly.

Thanks
A.R.

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Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Mar 2nd, 2005, 8:03pm
Another from A.R. today in his project folder -

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Possibly you hear this lots of times, but never hurts to hear it again. Thanks Ron, I am having a fantastic time since I joined here and get a very satisfying feeling when I look at the results I am already producing.  
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Your doing the work! - I just guide you.  :D

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Mar 24th, 2005, 12:20pm
This one just in PM to me this morning. Lynn joined about 2 weeks ago:
I left the questions in tact because others may be curious as well.
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Ron,  
I have a couple of questions for you, but first I would just like to say, "WOW".  Portranet is all that I expected and 100 times more.  I am a read only member with hopes of upgrading soon, and I cannot believe what I have learned from you so far.  Amazing stuff!  Anyway, back to my questions.  1)  as a read only member, am I still able to get the PLE processing special, or only after I upgrade?

YES!

2) I have been downloading the videos, which are great by the way,  but most of the bigger ones only download about 60-80%.  Any suggestions?  I do have dial up and don't mind the long download time....welll worth it, but once done I would like to watch the whole thing.  Thanks Ron

Lynn
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The truncated transfer is probably a time out on your end or interruption in your dial up service. = (
I offer students the option of getting all the videos mailed to you on a DVD disc. (to save you the download time and hassles and transfer errors). See the top messages in the video library to read how to get one. Some of the videos are huge and will take days on your dial up and to not get a hiccup during that many hours of transfer will require good clean living and lots of prayer.  ;)

Thanks so much for the comments.
   

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Apr 14th, 2005, 5:12pm
Comment in today on the bottom of a email requesting PLE code.

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PS. Your site is incredible. I knew it would be, but dang! The free and constant flow of information you're sharing blows me away. I feel like a newbie learning to load my first roll of Tri-X all over again, even after 30 years in this business! Thanks so much. To learn this much you'd have to spend four years at Brooks Institute. Come to think of it, I don't think four years would be enough time, even at Brooks.


Terry Clark Photography

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wow thanks Terry - glad you're enjoying. (Terry is R/O) member currently.
Ron

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Apr 19th, 2005, 12:45pm
Posted in a PM to me from Ilan M.

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Since graduating from school 5 years ago, I'm working in the IT field (hacking code, a.k.a -programming , I had a deep interest in graphics, but never did anything about it.  One day when searching on google accidently I hit your houseofphotograhy site .. wow life changed . You have a wonderful teaching talent to tranform someone this fast...
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Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Apr 25th, 2005, 12:41pm
Akhtar  Ramzan posted today... (in his project folder, he joined us last Dec 4 months ago.)

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Thanks Ron and Cheryl.

Your comments are moving and I am having another wonderful weekend with a buzz from such glowing review!!!

(text edited out about the shot........................)

I am happy with my choice of background and that boney prop worked quite well with her. Will post a better retouched and bigger image soon.

Thanks once again Ron, if someone had said I would be able to take such photos a few months ago - I'd have not believed it.

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Apr 26th, 2005, 7:08pm
One today from Cheryl DeNeve, she asked how to do something in the print/retouching/artwork area:

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THANK YOU SO MUCH!  

You really do amaze me still -- even after being on Portranet for 1 1/2 years.  I ask how to do something, and you show not one way - but multiple ways, complete with screen captures for extra explanation!  You are a gifted teacher.

There is NOTHING on the web like Portranet and I am so fortunate to have found you when I did!
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Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Apr 30th, 2005, 10:56am
One from Cindy Cofer today when her 2nd year renewal
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I'm looking forward to the next year. I've learned so much! I wouldn't be where I'm at in my photography if not for portranet. My quality of portriture has dramatically increased and I know the next year will put me at an even higher level. Thanks, Cindy

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Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on May 19th, 2005, 7:54pm
From Lisa Glanton today in her project folder...

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Hi Ron,

Trying to fine tune the beach scene.  Afraid that bringing sand into a daycare would probably kill the business, all the kids would eat it!!

I did away with the shells but for the one the child can hold.  Keeps them still for 1 second.   Thanks for all of the previous advice.  Did I tell you that my phone rings all the time now.   And my sales average has gone way up.  All thanks to portranet.  Can't wait to get studio.  They start backhowing the site tomorrow.

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Lisa's image with the pose -

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on May 26th, 2005, 12:28pm
In today with a renewal
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Hi Ron,
Just want to thank you for a fantastic year!  Not only is Portranet the ONLY place to learn portrait photography it is the ONLY place on the net with a fantastic community of members!  You must be very proud!  

Laura Johannessen
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Thanks Laura!

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on May 26th, 2005, 10:55pm
Hard to top this one - came at the end of a email today from a read only member. (wow)

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However, I gotta say, it's the best $1300 I've ever spent. We have 2 large commercial studios here, film and high-res digital, complete graphic design, multimedia, digital prepress and large format 4 color offset printing capability, all in house.

But I'm looking to expand, and get back to senior portraiture. Last time I shot a senior, it was the ole' stiff motarboard pose for the yearbook, all the same stuff. Years ago.

And I guess I've just grown weary of product illustration...

SO one day I came across your site, and was intoxicated with your lighting techniques (all one of them) and the luminous quality of your portraiture.

Your work and technical mastery of portraiture is of the highest order I have ever seen. And yet your approach is of a non-technical nature. Truly commendable...

It was captivating enough to make an old fogey like me get my head out from under a focusing cloth, and look again at the prospect of fine-art portraiture. The read only membership has accellerated the learning curve of the marketing, promotion and selling end of the business, which is primarily what I signed on for.

It's no wonder you require a non-compete agreement, what PortraNET offers is truly that good...  Cheers,  (UPDATE: 2-19-07...  I just jumped in here to edit this - I no longer require a non-compete, as I'm backing out of shooting to much at my studio and am finding I prefer teaching).

Christopher R. Chaffee
Owner-General Manager
WK/crc

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Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on May 26th, 2005, 10:56pm
Another today in PM to me - telling me about a offer I should share with members... and ending with this..

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I have learned so much already that I was thrilled to find this offer and be able to pass it on.  

Portranet has been awesome for my photography.  You would not believe the improvement in just a few months.  I am already planning on renewing again next year.  

Thanks again,
Curt Cuthbertson
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Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on May 30th, 2005, 8:59pm
This one in email today - makes me really proud of what we've built here.

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Hi Ron,

I know I have a LONG way to go, but I just wanted to thank you for what you've taught me so far.   I posted some First Communion portraits in my project folder, and as you pointed out there were some things I need to work on, which I also realize - I've got a long way to go.

I just wanted to let you know though, that the reaction of the parents was off the charts.   They were so happy to see their children photographed like this.    That means more to me than the money right now (I had some big orders for reprints after they bought the packages).  I know the money will come, but I'm so happy I can finally produce something that almost brings parents to tears.  

I just wanted to thank you so much for all the help you've given me, and if these parents could, they would also thank you.  I look forward to improving more and I know I couldn't have provided this for the parents without your help.

Thanks,
Doug Creamer
6-30-2005

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Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Jun 9th, 2005, 5:57pm
Post in one of Glen Kerns threads today

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Any way, with tose 3 jobs alone, I was able to pay for the MarkII, new lens, some new props, and my tuition for my second year here .   PortraNet is the most incredible learning tool I have ever seen. Thanks for having it!!
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That's what it's all about - going great work that SELLS and turns a profit so we can make great livings doing what we love.

Re: Kudo's One from Kim today
Post by Ron on Jun 15th, 2005, 12:51pm
Hi Ron, Kim Smith here from Birch Run, MI.  I just purchased a Maxtor One Touch external hard drive because my Dell laptop was telling me that I had low disk space.  I understand how to backup files, but what I want to know is after I finish a session, I burn it to a CD then normally save it to my hard drive on my laptop, how do I save it to the external hard drive only?  Is it a simple drag and drop, or is there more to it?  Sorry for my ignorance with computer tech.

Also, just wanted to let you know that I am still here on PortraNet.  I have not posted in forever only because you have taught us how to accomplish great portraits, and as soon as I have one that "I" see nothing wrong with, I will post it for your comments and help.  I can only imagine how busy you are and do not want to bother you with images I can already see where problems lye.

I have seen great improvement in my portraits and so have others (still lots of room for improvement), I have several senior sessions already booked with calls coming in almost daily.  I am very pleased with this being my first year in the business and look forward to continuing my learning here.  Thanks!


Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Jun 15th, 2005, 1:27pm
One today from Starla Hock. (posted with her work in your new project folder)

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This is a recent shot of a 4 week old baby. The parents ordered mostly from this shot but also ordered a few prints from 3 other poses. This session produced my largest order to date from a single session.....$554 before tax... Although there really isn't any PN rules followed here for this baby shot, the portrait is greatly affected by what I've learned here so far. -

-  My methods of photography and workflow have been transformed by what I am learning on Portranet. I'll be ordering a 16x20 of this shot for the parents. It's going to look great mounted on Gatorfoam and protected with PLE's clear coat.
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Thanks Starla - contrats on your nice baby order!  (only 2 more of those this year and you've Paid for PortraNET)  ;)

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Aug 15th, 2005, 2:30pm
Haven't posted in here for a while, here is one from today - figured I'd move it from Sally's project folder to the public area.


Quote:
Thanks for the help.  Portranet has been the best place for me to learn.  I wish I'd found you at the beginning of my adventure, but that's life.  I'm in the right place now.  

  Sally Puckett

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Aug 15th, 2005, 5:12pm

Quote:
This place is amazing!  I feel that I have already learned so much in just a week.  I am so excited to think of where I could be this time next year!

Susan Southards, OH

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Aug 29th, 2005, 12:45pm
One today in email from Nikki-

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I have already learned so much being read only but now I am ready to take it to the next level and I don't think I can do that without having full access to all of your wonderful knowledge, feedback and constructive criticism, as well as everyone else's. Thank you so much. This place ROCKS!!!   Nikki Peebles

Nikki Peebles
Images In Time

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Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Aug 29th, 2005, 4:37pm
One today from Larry D. (new member here)

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Ron,
Thanks for your patience over the last couple of days as I've strayed a bit from the curriculum.  I'm so excited about the lighting that I've learned fom you, it's really amazing how quickly you've been able to guide me in this first step.

Next week I'm looking forward to working on H&S posing with hands as you teach it.

Have a great weekend and thanks again for everything so far.

Best,

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Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Jan 9th, 2006, 7:38pm
I've been slacking on updated this thread... so here's one from today.  To me via PM

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Hi Ron,

First off let me say a BIG THANK YOU  for the education you provided for me here on PortraNet.  I know this past first year here I was not a bigger poster, but the reason for that is simple.......you gave me the tools I needed to create a perfect portrait along with the ability to see mistakes and things that could have been done differently.  I did not want to bother you with posting images that I already could see where I needed to make improvements.  But knowing that you were there if I needed to post an image for help and feedback was very supportive.  You have helped me make my first year in business a very successful one that has help set me apart from my local competitors (not to mention I am getting out of my basement studio and into something bigger and better!    Of course I still need lots of continued support and that is why I will renew for my second year. ~snip (personal stuff)

Take Care,

Kim M. Smith
Birch Run, MI

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When I asked if I could use her comments in the Kudo's thread, this was her cute reply...

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Ron,

You absolutley have my permission to post any comments you like on PortraNet.  I actually had someone private message me about how I liked my membership and he replied back saying that everyone he spoke with sounded like paid testimonials!   I guess when you find a good thing you tell everyone (except your competition, shhhhh)

Take Care,

KIm

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As much as I'd love to give students something for their referrals/kind words, I don't like to tant their comments and want them to be honest and constructive. If thrilled tell the world. If unhappy - tell me! I've always made the changes that everyone requests.

Thanks Kim!

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Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Jan 10th, 2006, 12:37pm
One today from Mark Butcher
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Hey Ron:

Got your message about my year coming to an end.  Wow, it went by quick.  I will send you a pre portranet R/O photo and an after photo.  I know you will be proud of what we are acomplishing here as R/O's.  It is truly amazing if you follow the simple instruction you give and try not to complicate things.  

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Thanks Mark - yes it IS EASY - you only need to do it exactly as I explain it. Don't adlib, don't get creative, don't make thing up. Do it by my teachings for a year or two then when it's 2nd nature... then you can get creative. All art starts with good technique and a good foundation at first. From there you can add your own creative styles.  I'd love to see the photos before joining and after a year. (via email is fine) I often don't see the progress of R/O students since I don't hear from them. But seeing how many upgrade to full or renew for additional years means they're getting a lot out of it.
Thanks for the comments

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Jan 18th, 2006, 11:19am
One in today from Jacque Dufrene

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Thanks soooo much for the opportunity PortraNet gives!  I've always wanted to created photographs like yours, and I am on my way there, in such a short time... it's unreal!!!!!

Thanks,
Jacque

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Feb 10th, 2006, 2:13pm
Debbie Metcalf said in passing to Kent today  (I had to repost this here, as it gave me a big head).  ;D

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Thanks Kent...   I did some checking and got a couple of good ideas from here...

It was nice to finally meet you!   I enjoyed KPPA, but I must say that I learn SO much more on here.   I'm not sure I could do this job without P-net.
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Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Apr 3rd, 2006, 6:01pm
One in today - thanks for the great feedback Rondelle - you've been working at it and that's what it takes!

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Ron,

I wanted to drop you a line to let you know how much the things I have learned here on Portranet have given me the ability to do so much more than just photography better than I did before. I do graphic design for my church and I notice myself looking at the lighting, where the shadows fall on the objects and looking at over all compsition very differently.

The "first" paid session I EVER HAD with the 5 wk old baby, brought in over $250! They are so happy they are coming back with the other 3 children and for a family shot later this year! I'm floored as I was only doing "nice" snapshots prior to December 2005.

I've been EXTREMELY busy with quite a few other things, but plan on doing more studing on composition and adding props, along with trying my hand at outdoor portraits when spring finally comes into full swing.

Thanks SO MUCH...

Rondelle DeLong

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Jun 29th, 2006, 5:30pm
I just read this in the "Alumni" area (a place for past students to hang out together on here).  Johan posted a photo with this that was really nice!!  Thanks for the comment Johan, I LOVED reading it - especially from the OTHER SIDE OF THE WORLD!
I always feel bad that I don't get a chance to get to talk to or get to know R/O members, part of the reason I removed R/O access - it was so impersonal and I want to be SURE that every student makes awesome progress - and with R/O membership, I couldn't do that.  Glad R/O was still very worth while for you!  Good luck with your new studio/lab.

Ron

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Hi folks.

I joined here just over a year ago, and have had such a good time reading posts and learning like crazy. I live in South Africa. I joined as a R/O member as thats what my funds allowed me.

I joined portranet to improve my photography and hopefully, it would lead me into doing it full time. Unfortunalty my R/O memeber ship expired on the 1st June, but I am now also the lucky owner of a Kodak lab and run my own studio at the lab as well. Portanet is probably the best money I have ever spent. I would definatly not be where I am today without it.

I cannot even begin to tell all of you how much portranet has helped me out and am slowy building a great reputation for myself locally now. Luckily I am currently the only person from South Africa that has joined so competition for me is very, very scarce   .

Anyway These are the very first shots from my studio which is not totally setup yet. Hope you like them and any idea's and/or advise would be appreciated.

Regards

Johan Combrink

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Oct 12th, 2006, 11:07am
One from Mike Dunlop, IA - today in his project folder.
REPOSTED HERE.

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Awesome!!!!! a "WOW" from Ron!   I'm excited.  I appreciate your help on teaching me how to make my images better.  PortraNet has been a GIANT help in my learning to make better portraits.  I don't get a chance to post very often but am on reading a lot and try to apply what others have also gone through.  Things are slowing at the studio and I hope to post more of this years seniors in the coming weeks.  Thanks.

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Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Oct 12th, 2006, 11:29am
Nother one from Holly Tracy (IA) today in her project folder at the end of a reply to one of my critiques.
Holly writes...
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I have to thank you again for everything I've learned here.  I'm no longer afraid to try things, move things around, and spend the time to make things just right (spending the time on moving props, lights, etc.).  You and Portranet have given me the confidence to do this without worrying that my subject will get impatient.  They're paying good money to come to me, so I'm going to spend the time to make it right.  I usually apologize for the time taken at the end of the session, but most folks say "oh no... we can see that you're picky --- and we appreciate that"... even if it *is* midnight before they leave!
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Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Oct 15th, 2006, 3:51pm
One of Chris Randall today

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This comes on the heels of a big night at our local symphony's (remember the work I did for them last year?) gallery opening here in town. I was there for the paper and they came over and just complimented me out the wazoo about the photography. One question that I cracked up at at one point....all these hoity toity people standing around me asking questions and for business cards (which of course I carry in my camera bag   ) and this lady goes, your style is so unique...what would you call it? I chuckled. I almost felt like a fraud in a way, I am thinking in my head, it's not my style, it's called Kramerized. She went on to say....no one else around here has that "umph" that your portraits do. I was floored to say the least. So to have my mentor compliment me and a bunch of respected people in the community in one weekend....I am gonna go float on cloud 9 all through my biggest week of appt's. "Proud to hang that in your waiting room......" WOW......

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Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Nov 1st, 2006, 12:59pm
Another one from Brigitte Hoag's project folder in reply to my critique and video on how to do something that she didn't quite understand from a previous lesson.

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Ron,

This is awesome!  Let me toot your horn for you.  You stopped and created a mini video for me?  WOW!  I wish all instructors for all subjects were as dedicated to having their students learn.  Not just throwing the info out there with the attitude if you get it great - if not so what.  
I am so happy I found PortraNet and didn't wait any longer to join.  I had the same questions everyone else did about "is it worth it", "gosh that's a lot of money", "how much can i really learn", etc.  I couldn't have made a better decision to join.  All the money on books and dvd's were just a waste of time and money.  As they sit on the shelf to collect dust - and quite frankly I learned little to nothing from them.  If I would have known how much information was on PortraNet and how well you would instruct - I would have paid twice as much to get this information.  (doesn't mean you need to charge me double)    My work has improved as well as my confidence.  I realize I have a long ways to go - but it's already worth it.  Gosh and they are charging $79 at betterphoto.com to critique 8 photos.  

THANK YOU - THANK YOU - THANK YOU for the video.  It is much clearer to me what you were/are doing.  I have a couple of pre portranet shots that this will help out on from when I didn't have a backlight.  In this particular situation it's nice to know how to fix this b/c I didn't even have all my lights set up, measured, etc  and was not ready when the baby was - just felt like I needed to grab the shot while I could.  I agree easier/better to do it right in camera.  
 
THANKS  
Brigitte

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Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Dec 9th, 2006, 2:21pm
Just in PM to me today-
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Thanks Ron !  
I will start posting soon . I am so exited   and because I’m not sure where to say this I will tell you here in a PM .We finished remodeling , everything looks awesome in the new camera room(will post pictures)Waiting for my new camera to come sometimes during the next week. I would like to personally THANK YOU for the great web site you are running ! Portra net is a ,,Golden thing’’ for me and I would be lost without it! Don’t know what else to say but : Keep it up and God bless you and your family !  

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Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Jan 5th, 2007, 6:20pm
Have been slacking on posting here - Just received this one today via email.  This is a READ ONLY member... asking about upgrading to full member so he can post his work showing what he's learned for my personal one on one help.

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Hi Ron,

I have to say I've learned TONS just by reading your site.  How much would it cost to upgrade my membership to be able to post pictures for the remainder of my year?  Also, what does the 2nd year cost?

Thanks so much!

Rob Sigler

Rob Sigler Photography
http://www.RobsPictures.com

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Jan 23rd, 2007, 10:48am
I have a frriend getting married up North, I retired from wedding work and am not comfortable doing weddings for friends... so I try to get one of my students in the area to take the job.  I contacted Alumni Mark Butcher who's up north a ways... and though he was booked for the date - I recieved this WONDERFUL reply that I just had to share here.

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Ron:

Thanks so much for thinking about me.  Unfortunately, I do not have the date available.  We are completely booked for weddings 2007 and into 2008 and are already receiving bookings for 2008 seniors.  

Let me say this though.  If not for Portra Net, I would be out of business.  However, that is far from the case.  The lighting, posing and processing techniques you taught were critical in my growth as a professional photographer.  Case in point.  My first year in business prior to PN I generated $1500 part-time.  For 2006 ,and still working only part-time I generated over $60,000 worth of business.  Holy Cow Ron.....my work is very different than most in the area and is now being compared with the established studios in the area.  All thanks to you.  I still work my full-time job and have learned to creatively schedule on nights and weekends.  It really works and I really owe you a debt of gratitude.

I still participate in the Alumni section.  I do laugh sometimes at all the gimmicks that people are trying these days...no need, just stick to the basics.  You really can't beat a main light and a hand made reflector, I still use mine - would never give it up.  

Thank you again for a giving me a lifetime of skills that I can carry forever!!!
Mark Butcher

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Wonderful story - thanks Mark


Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Jan 25th, 2007, 1:42pm
LIL Kudo - from Holly Tracy - I did her daughters senior pictures a few years ago.  I thought it was funny...

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Ron

Thanks!  Just renewed.  I tried to tell Joy that it was only $50 for the 3rd year, but she wasn't bite n'!    

Honestly... it's worth every penny and more.  Best money EVER spent.  Thanks again!  

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Holly Tracy
www.htimages.com  

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Jan 25th, 2007, 6:47pm
Another today in Traci Todaro's (TX) project folder at the end of her post... thanks Traci - for the kinda comments.

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A side note... I just want to take the chance to tell you how much I'm enjoying PortraNET.  I was very much an amateur before PN.  Had never used any studio lighting, had never done any real posing... I had mainly taken pictures of family and close friends.  I had never shot RAW files, never even used manual settings on my camera much.  I understood f-stop, shutter speed, iso, etc... but was never confident enough to trust myself to set them consistently.  I didn't know not to use flash outdoors for things like senior portraits(!), I didn't have the first clue what lighting equipment to buy, I had never heard some terms like high-key/low-key, softbox, mainlight.  I had "played" with Photoshop Elements and had never used CS2.  I had never had a paying photography job before PN.  Stumbling across the House of Photography website, emailing you and learning about PN was TRANSFORMING for me in photography.  I have a long way to go, but I have already done 12-15 paying jobs and have 10-12 more booked for the next few months.  I just made $800 on the posed basketball pictures I took... a year ago I didn't even have any of this on my radar screen!  PortraNET was the best investment I could have made in my business!  I'm so glad I found you before joining NYIP, as I was about to do!  Just want you to know how much I'm learning everyday.  I can't personally wait to keep watching it all come together!!  Thanks, Ron!!    

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Feb 16th, 2007, 3:54pm
Nick J. Guida - has been with us now for 2 days - looking through PortraNET's goodies...
He just posted this in his project folder and I had to share what the first impression of a new student is here.

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Hello, I am Nick, I am just getting started with PortraNet.  It is very exciting to be a part of such a wonderful group of people.      I am going to start off showing some Pre-PortraNet work.  I can't believe how much I didn't know about portraiture.   I felt like I had some knowelge on posing and lighting till I started reading some of the lessons and watching videos.  I am blown away by the simplistic approach you have for everything, Ron.  I am relieved too!!  I am so inspired by everyones work here that you can't help but get motivated.  I am going to study up on the basic H/S shots and get to work this weekend.  Thanks for any comments and critiques.  Have a great weekend!!!

Nick
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Relieved I imagine because once you make the investment here and get on the inside - one must HOPE they can do it? !  Certainly already Nick as found that anyone can do it with my way of teaching.  Looking forward to Greatness Nick!
Ron.

That's the beauty of portraNET...  

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Feb 21st, 2007, 11:52am
PM to me from Mike Dunlop today



Hey Ron,
  I need to renew my membership.  Do I call you with my CC# or how does the renewal process work   Let me know.  BTW my first year on portranet was awesome.  I do not post a lot but I spend a great deal of time reading technique and studying.  I have enjoyed my membership and look forward to the following year.  

Mike D



Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Mar 7th, 2007, 1:19pm
Nick J. Guida opened his post to me today with this, which I took as a huge compliment..

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Hi Ron

One of the most impressive aspects of learning here is how you dissect each shot and tell us where we are going wrong.  I am so amazed how you can tell when I am using a reflector in an area that I shouldn't be.  Yes, I was using a reflector on the left side of the second shot.  ...

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My reply was - decades of looking at light and learning to see it, so that I know how a shot was lit by simply looking at the subject.  Anyway - thanks for the comment Nick.

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Mar 9th, 2007, 6:05pm
A post from Rob Lewis today to Sharon and all -


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"I did find software called uMark Professional that was only $17 and is really easy with some nice options."

When I read this I chuckled to myself, (not at you Sharon) but at the thought of someone saying to one of us here on PortraNET or Ron as we tell them about PortraNET and we mention how much it costs and they say "Well I joined the Pro4dumb for only $99 or $250 and it has some nice options." Just doesn't compare and until they try PortraNET they will never understand what they are missing and how much more they could learn and do. Really anything that offers the training and resources that PortraNET does or the power StudioZap has as Photoshop tool, is just plain going to be an investment and cost appropriately more. Again, Sharon, I know you now I'm not picking on you, your statement just made me think about this a little differently than I had before because I think many people don't "get" StudioZap 'yet'. Not sure why I recognized what a powerful and useful product StudioZap was the second I heard about it, but I sure am glad I did.

Eddy, if your reading this thanks for the tools. By the way, what ever possessed you to create them in the first place? Maybe you answered this on the site or here on a different thread?

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Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Mar 9th, 2007, 6:07pm
And a reply

Gueorgui Petkov


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I agree with you 100% ,Rob. Portranet is like part of me already. If  I miss a day not reading in here , I feel like I missed something really important. Share the same satisfaction with Eddy’s program. It is a ,,must have ‘’ for me and definitely recommending it to all members. Big THANK YOU , Ron and Eddy !!!  
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thanks guys.

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Aug 7th, 2007, 11:00am
New post to me in PM from new member Tom Marvin.

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Ron:

I ftp raw file of little girl at column to PortraNet site.

I've been reading a lot and have learned a lot about lighting and posing just by reading for the couple of weeks since I've joined. The information on the site here is better than any book or class that I've ever taken.

Thanks for the feedback and for sharing all your stuff.

Tom

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Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Sep 11th, 2007, 5:24pm
Tom Marvin - after 2 months - Thanks Again Tom..

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Ron:

I just wanted to tell you thanks for all the great information and feedback I've gotten here since I joined. I not nearly as nervous as I was about the investment I'm making in opening my retail space studio as I was prior to joining PortraNet.

In addition to the great information and feedback from you, PortraNet is a great community.
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Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Sep 11th, 2007, 6:16pm
Just in - email... From Kim Ranney
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I just had to email and tell you how much I appreciate everything you have done. I haven't posted a whole lot but I have still learned so much! My business has grown to a place I never thought it  could be and my husband and I are even talking about him quitting his job and working with me in a coup[le years. Today I got an e-mail from Blossom asking if they could use some of my images for their calendar. Totally made my day!!! Thanks Ron!!!

                                                                        Kim Ranney

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Sep 18th, 2007, 9:19am
John Manuel said this awesome msg to me today with his renewal for his 2nd year.

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Hi Ron,

My first year is almost up - I haven't posted nearly enough, but I have learned a tremendous amount of information from you.  I can't imagine living without PortraNet now!  You have truely provided an awesome resource and the community is fantastic.  I love how detailed you are and how much feedback you give to everyone in their project folders.

A year ago I thought I wanted to improve my photography skills, but wasn't sure if this would be worth it or not - well it definitely is!  Until this year I had never in my life been paid to take portraits (or any kind of photographs), and I would never have had to confidence to really try and do it (other then for friends).  I have to say, I took your suggestion and have been giving free 8x10 or proofs for friends, family, etc... to come over and let me practice.  It has worked great, I don't have the time to spend on it I'd like, and I haven't posted all my results, but I learn more every time I do it.  Word as gotten around and I've actually done 5 seniors over the summer and the last two had $540 and $950 orders (they both said they were so good compared to what they were used to that they couldn't decided and had to order a lot more then they expected ).  That would have never happened without PortraNet.  So, I almost made the cost of my first year here with two seniors - I would have never thought that was possible before PortraNet.
Thank you so much!

So, I will renewing for a second year (and hope to easily make the cost of admission in the next year), but mostly I hope to be waaay better then I am now.  
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This is what I've told many people before they join, I hear it time and time and time again from my students... they pay for the cost of their first year typically in 2-4 jobs.... a total of only about 2-4 hours work!  

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Sep 18th, 2007, 3:56pm
Note from Becky Howrigon today...  

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Hi Ron,

Absolutely, positively I will be renewing!  Business is great and of course YOU get all the credit.  I love PortraNet more and more all the time.  It is my crutch and I really don't know what I would do without it!

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Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Sep 18th, 2007, 7:19pm
Another in from Holly Tracy (Iowa)

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Hey Ron...
 I have to jump on the "Praise PortraNet" band wagon!  I just got my first order over $1K ($1200)!  It's all PortraNet... and I'm *never* going to leave... so get used to me hangin' around!    
 Thanks again for everything...
Holly

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Re: Kudo's
Post by Holly Tracy on Sep 21st, 2007, 5:08pm
I wanted to pass along the comments I got with that order.  In an email, the mom said:
"Thanks so much for sharing your talent with us!  You did a fabulous job capturing Hailey's personality!  I am really excited to share the pictures with our family and friends and to add the new pictures to our collage wall!  She enjoyed the photo shoot!"

Then, when I collected the deposit for the order, she had more great things to say.  She has her daughter's picture taken every year... and has a "picture collage wall" (referred to above).  This is the first year she's come to me (came from a referral from a friend).  She went on to say  "... You did such an awesome job.  I held up your proofs next to the finished portraits on my wall taken by other photographers, and there's no comparison.  There's something special about the posing and lighting... I loved how she looked... how her hair was lit... the lighting in her face..."    

She's already talking about next year's photos (her daughter is only 14).  I can only attribute this to what I've learned here at PortraNet.  People talk about "my lighting".  I would NEVER have achieved this without Ron and PortraNet.  

Thanks again!

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Dec 4th, 2007, 5:53pm
One in today (wished to be anon).

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Hey Ron.....just wanted to let you know that I just received the largest order ever and probably the largest off of one session that I will ever receive.....it was over 3,000.00 from one session..... had I not had your instruction I am sure this wouldn't have happened...

You have helped me sooo much.....I know I have a ton more to learn but you have put me in a class above 99% of the photographers around me.

Also, like many others here I do not want to share the knowledge!    (Cheryl comes to mind with what she said)....ditto what she posted.....with that in mind too, I was wondering if you could take my last name out of the front page post.....I love making the front page but don't like customers or competition searching my name on the net and finding out where I learned everything from     ......nothing against you as I owe all my progression to you and don't care to admit it....but I feel like because of my quality I hold an edge on my competition and don't want to lose that....I love this place and wouldn't hesitate for a minute to tell someone about Portranet that is not close to me....but never a competitor  

Thanks a ton!

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Dec 18th, 2007, 3:46pm
Just a sentence in passing...  I find it to be a great compliment though!
Sharon said...



I cut everyone off two weeks ago for anything for Christmas delivery, I think though I have had a record holiday season, orders on average have doubled and tripled!


Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Dec 22nd, 2007, 3:21pm
This just in... (PM to me) - I love these reports... from people that get 150-200 order before Portranet... telling me of 800-1000-1400 orders after PortraNET.  It's all about the quality of what we present to our customers!



Hi Ron,

Just wanted to tell you that I received a great gift last week from a customer -- my first $1000 order!!

This lady didn't even blink when I gave her the total! Of course, I stayed calm and acted like I get orders like that every day of the week... but when she left, I turned around and my daughter was grinning at me like an idiot.  WOO-HOO!

Never could have happened without you -- so I say (again) THANKS for all you do.

Merry, Merry Christmas to you and yours!

Cheryl



Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Jan 2nd, 2008, 2:54pm
This is a great one - just in with a picture submission into her project folder...


Congrats! to Traci Todaro!  
-2nd year student here-

A quick "Thank You!"... Some of the things we've done this fall (husband & I) is Elementary school yearbook photos for a campus of 900 kids.  The compliments were abundant and lavish!!  "These are the BEST school photos we've ever seen.  Your lighting is so soft."... "These are the best pictures my children have ever had taken.  The school cannot EVER use anyone but you for their photos."  Unbelievable success!!  We've also done all of our local school's athletic, cheer, & dance pictures for both Jr High and High School.  We've taken 1000's of sports action photos at football, volleyball and basketball games, including state playoff games, for our local newspaper and the school.  We got the contract for basketball and baseball/softball photos for our local youth athletic association.  Although not all of these things are portrait work, there is NO WAY I would have had the know-how or the confidence to consider any of this pre-PortraNET.  After only a little over a year here, these are the things I'm confidently able to do!

Christmas Season was great as well.  Got my first single client order for over $1200!  The client had been going to "the" photographer in our area for years (also a personal friend of hers), but raved about the softness and look of my portraits.

Thank you, Thank you, THANK YOU!!!


Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Jan 4th, 2008, 3:47pm
This comment just posted by Jason Crowe in his project folder. (at the end of his reply to me).  He's a fairly new member.


I think I am understanding about the props. Just because I have them doesn't mean I need to use them......  

I am going to put this set up permantley, but I am going to find a different wall paper that is a little more forgiving. I will also nail down the trim, so it should improve as well.

Thank you for all your help. It's amazing to me what you see in an image. I have been reading a lot of the other project folders and the difference between starting and current skill levels is nothing short of amazing. I was worried before I signed on, but this has been well worth the money. Probably one of my most important investments in photography to date.



Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Jan 5th, 2008, 2:23pm
To people THINKING of joining - remember  I DIDN'T ASK FOR ANY OF THESE.
These are all from members hearts and not due to "my request for comments to post".
One today from


John Manuel

Thanks so much for all the help  you give all of us.  You are the first person I've ever met (well I guess I've not actually 'met' you ---- yet) that can look at a photo and know what's wrong (and right) with it and is willing to take the time to explain the details of how to improve it.  This is truly and amazing learning place - I don't know what I would do without your critiques.  Thanks!

I had a chance over Christmas break to take a look at these photos again and look at what you did and try to make some improvements.


Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Jan 21st, 2008, 8:05pm
In Kristina Fosters folder today - she ended with this.
Kristina is a student of mine in South Africa!



Guess what? I booked a wedding for May last night by word of mouth (via the Mother of the Bride I did last March).... they came over to see some of my work and also saw the maternity photos I did of my friend. I am now doing a quick photo shoot for their wedding invite, their wedding, some shots of them for their walls AFTER the wedding - AND, their maternity photos (said they weren't going to wait very long to have kids).....thanks sooooo much Ron for all you do!  This would never of happened if I didnt have portranet - to get to this point where people are knocking on my door and hunting ME down!  They told me that they heard there was "an American that took lekke pictures"! (the Afrikaans word for "Stunning")  Shocked  (and I'm not even CLOSE to over half of others on here! I certainly would never have thought anyone would call my photos "lekke" - THANK YOU, RON!)
 


Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Jan 23rd, 2008, 11:02am
PM to me - Shannon Snyder (fairly new member)



Ron,
Thanks so much for all your work and efforts. Believe me, I will DEFINITELY be renewing a second year. I have learned so much in the little time that I have been here and I have sooooooooooooooooooooo much more to learn...I could never give this class up. You are by far the best instructor out there and the people who are members are also so helpful and informative. I feel like I have a new family in the photography world with Portranet. Are you thinking of doing any hands on classes? Or do you ever have students come watch you at your studio? Iam so close and thought it would be so helpful in my learning to maybe get some one on one interaction. I dont know if you ever do this, but let me know. I would love to visit the studio and watch how you work. Thanks again for everything!

Shannon



We have lots of (local - (state and city) members that joined since my last workshops... if there is interest in a hands on (in person) workshop again... I'd make it happen for those interested.  I prefer "playshops"  no plan... informal - one day - you Question - I answer and show in person. We can go on for days doing this.  I prefer it more than a plan of what "I want to do" - this gets attendee's what they want and need and have trouble with.

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Feb 25th, 2008, 6:20pm
Posted in Jim's project folder to me today (I'm going to edit out some of the middle - lesson stuff and just share the great news).



You know, for someone that doesn't even have enough room in his living room for a studio setup & just doing this part-time for now, it's been a GREAT 2 months!!!

Just got done shooting at the local country club for 2 Friday nights in a row.  From 7:30-10:00, both nights.  Shooting portraits & event candids.  $2300 total for the two nights.  That qualifies for your $300/hour plus some!

Received a phone call today from the local high school (425 seniors/year), to participate in their "Special Education" Prom for the year.  The lady knows me and has gotten local merchants to donate the tuxedos for the guys & dresses for the girls.  There are only 18 of them, but they are going to go all out for these kids.  Couldn't resist donating my time to help out.  

The newspaper will be there, members of the county schoolboard, the principal and some of the teachers!  I know, bring plenty of business cards.  The coordinator also works very closely with the faculty yearbook editor.

You know, I'd do this for the kids anyway, but there may be some residuals here.  Wish me luck.


SNIP DETAILS...


I made $5700 in January & $2500 in February, part time with these events.  

Once again, thank you so much for all your instruction on lighting, posing, and business practices/pricing.  Couldn't be doing this without you, and I really appreciate it.

Hope all is going well, Grandpa!  Give that baby a hug for me!

Jim

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Mar 15th, 2008, 1:36pm
Just a incoming PM to me... from a new member  Angie W.



Hi Ron,  

First I just want to say THANK YOU!!!!  

You have opened my eyes to so many things since I joined PortraNet. I can't believe I was even on some of these other forums....I just browsed through some of them after joining PortraNet about a month and a half ago. What can I say but YUK, YUK, YUK!! I can't even believe I was on those sites but like you said that is what you get for "free." I look at other photos on there and all I find myself thinking is too much of that color in the skin and too much of that color and not posed right and not compositionally right and on and on and on I go. I keep saying to myself if you people only knew what I know in just a little over a month with Ron you would be shocked! I know I have a LONG ways to go but that is part of the fun and the journey along the way. I will definitely be with PortraNet for a LONG, LONG time!   This place is so addicting AND informative!  

May you and your family continue to receive many blessings!

Angie



Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Mar 15th, 2008, 2:18pm
Tara Burley writes.


Hey Ron, I just wanted to let you know that I mailed a money order today for my renewal!  I responded to the email reminder, but I don't know how often you read those!  Like I've said before, this is the best investment ever!  A HUGE HUG of gratitude for blessing us with your knowledge!  It's truly Priceless!



Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Apr 1st, 2008, 11:39am
This just in -  Portranet pays for itself even if you don't try. = )



Ron,

I believe it's about time to renew.  If you can let me know how to do  
that I'll go ahead and take care of it.

I haven't posted as much as many of the others as my opportunities to  
shoot are limited given my "other" job but I still have learned a  
great deal and wish to keep doing so.   And, over the past year, a  
most interesting thing has happened...

Prior to joining PortraNet one year ago, I had made exactly $46 over  
roughly 45 years of shooting, developing, printing, etc.  Back in the  
60's someone gave me $1 for a copy of a print and in the 90's I got  
paid $45 for a photo used in a limited circulation magazine.  
Everything else I've done has been for my own benefit or as a "photo  
dad" who gave others files to make copies.  I joined PortraNet because  
I wanted to improve - not because I expected to make any money doing  
photography.

However, shortly after joining, someone saw one of my practice shots.  
They recommended me to someone who hired me to shoot some corporate  
headshots for a website.  That led to another job...which led to  
another job...and so on.  As of last month I've made about $1100 since  
joining.  This is all with no advertising, no business cards, no  
studio - just word of mouth.  Amazing!

Thanks for your critiques, your help and the vast resources on the  
website.  I look forward to the 2nd year.


Gregg Perry, M.D.



Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Apr 25th, 2008, 11:14am
Today - from Phillip Prowse:



Here is my credit card information for my 2nd year renewal. I really debated whether to rejoin or not, but looking at my images from the time I started to what they are today made me realize that I wouldn't be to this point without your guidance. As I told another member, it's not just the access that we have to you, but the whole network of photographers that we access and learn from as well. I have almost made your renewal fee in one session, so to that, I owe to you. Thanks Ron



Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Jun 2nd, 2008, 9:15am
Dave Smith joined after hearing about PortraNet in DWF  Digital Wedding Forum.
Occationally a member won't be active on portranet and I always wonder if they're learning anything. (I don't receive any feed back of their progress).

Dave's year expired last month and he left me this as a good bye message.

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Thanks!

I meant to do this before my time ended and to tell you how much Portranet has changed my life. I never bothered you with even creating a Member folder, but I still feel I got my money's worth many times over. You are the consumate photographer and teacher and I am proud to have been a part. I will always be indebted to you as I feel I'm  a 1000 times better than when I joined with still a long, long ways to go. If circumstances change, you can bet I'll be back. Thanks again Ron, alot!!

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Thank you for that comment Dave - I appreciate hearing back. Though I would have loved to had the chance to work more closely through your progression, I'm thrilled you learned as much as you did!  Take care, hope you can rejoin us in the future.

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Aug 21st, 2008, 9:55am
From Kathy Burcham

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Ron,
I wanted to send you a note to let you know how much I have learned over the last year.
I first picked up a 35mm camera when I was 16 years old. I have enjoyed photography for a very long time.  Portranet has given me the tools to advance my hobby to a whole new level.  
I wasn't sure that I could make the leap to digital photography (something about teaching old dogs new tricks!). There is not a day on Portranet that I don't learn something that I can put into practice right away.

Expect many more posts in year 2- just had to let you know that this journey is fabulous!!

Thank you,
Kathy
PS-My renewal check is on the way.  

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I surely appreciate your comments... thank you!

Re: Kudo's
Post by Nick J Guida on Aug 26th, 2008, 11:33am
Hey Ron,

Long time since I have written anything, but things are going so well I thought I would just add story also.  Well I joined PN Feb 2007 and I had never shot a high school senior.  I really wanted to transition from weddings to seniors and needed help.  I felt like I learned so quickly that my confidence was through the roof.  I opened a studio in May 2007, which was about a year earlier than I expected.  I now have a 3000 foot studio, my wife quit her job and runs the desk and I have a part time editor.  I went from never shooting a senior to about 150-200 this year.  I am so busy that I am shooting     2-3 a day  and trying to keep up.  I also had the confidence to raise my prices which is a very big aspect of owning a studio.  I raised them and felt like my business got busier.  Ron not only showed me how to shoot like a pro but very importrant business aspects.  I even used his brochure as a template for ours.  Bottom line is I went from nothing except a camera and very limited knowledge to a very happy business owner that expects to break 150k this year.  Not bad considering I didn't exist as a business a year and a half ago.  Once again thanks Ron for your help, couldn't have done it without you.

Nick

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Aug 26th, 2008, 1:36pm
NICK - AWESOME! - thanks so much to keeping in touch and updating us with your progress!  Keep us posted -  It's impressive considering the state of the current economic situation of the country.  Count your blessings to be doing well AND GROWING at this particular time!


Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Sep 26th, 2008, 5:54pm
I love hearing this stuff
From the "members studios" area...

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Thanks Everyone!    

I have to say, I don't think this would ever have been possible if it weren't for Portranet!
I started out in my garage at home (never expecting to stay busy enough to be full-time)  in this small town, but ended up buying an older building on main street and only after 4 years, outgrowing that space as well!  We are anxious to get in the new place and only have 2 - 3 weeks to get it all finished.  
I still have a long way to go and lots to learn in photography, and I will be a member here as long as Portanet exists!      
You guys are the best and I am learning so much and having a blast getting to do what I love!  
Thanks so much,

Debbie

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Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Sep 2nd, 2009, 1:39pm
Kristina posted this to all in the open forum
congrats! Kristina.



Two weeks ago I was contacted by a friend of a friend who needed a last minute photographer for a wedding....this was on a wed and the wedding was saturday. I happened to be free so I accepted. Well, what I thought was a simple wedding turned out to be a cancer survivor's dream  come true to have a beautiful wedding and this was all sponsored by a national magazine here in South Africa...and as the winner, her wedding will be featured in an article in the october issue of the magazine and it will be MY images they will be using!  I also get a bi-line and my picture included with a small write up about me!  

But wait...it gets even better! Monday, I met with my contact to the magazine to go over layout and image selections for over two hours....she couldnt have been more enthralled with not only my images but also had read my website from top to bottom and just loved my style and photography....she then proceeded to ask me if I would consider doing some makeover work (glamour shots, ect...) for her skin care line she owns for matric students and mother daughters...as they get makeovers and taught how to properly apply makeup.  AND THEN, she also booked her own personal family session with me because she said she hadnt seen anything like my images and just loved my lighting and such.

I was very encouraged and it made my day...went home and looked up more information on her and guess what? I will be shooting the former Miss South Africa's family portrait next month and working closely with her all natural product company for event shoots and promotions!  [b][/b]

How cool is that?  

And I owe this all to Ron and Portranet!!! I love it here! Look where my journey has taken me and all without any fancy equipment!  Just had to share!!

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Oct 19th, 2009, 2:45pm
Raves on PPA website?
This was just emailed to me.

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I'll be "surfing" thru tonight after my class at comm college altho I'm more excited about Protranet. I'll definitely follow your advice about where to start.

Heard about you via:

I was reading thru PPA's forum & your senior portraits were mentioned as being the best in the biz. I had to look into it & they were spot on - your work made a lasting impression on me, I like your artistic approach, then the accolades from your students sealed it for me. I haven't been able to stop thinking about the "possibilities" that may be there for me learning from you. Funny thing is I don't know if I would have given portraiture serious consideration if I hadn't seen your work.

Karen Flook

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Dec 7th, 2009, 1:05pm
A member emailed me this - I asked if I could share it here.

One gal emailed another gal (who's a member here) how do I start in photography...

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Although I didn't write this for your benefit, after re-reading what I sent to my friend in the Houston area, I thought I'd share with you.  As a business owner for many years, anytime people could tell me, in their own words, any good or bad reasons why they did or didn't do business with me, it was like GOLD.  Once I started writing/thinking, it just kept coming... this is copied/pasted directly from my Facebook Inbox:

Subject:  favor
Between You and Angie Hugus Edwards
 
Angie Hugus Edwards November 13 at 9:48am
i have a huge favor to ask of you. i want to know all about how to get started as a photographer. i have wanted to be one since i was a child and as an adult too afraid to take the chance. I'M READY! i earned my degree in communications with an emphasis on journalism and taught at the high school level before becoming a stay at home mom for the last 6 years. there is no better time to go for my dream than now.  
one of the things i've been afraid of is that i don't know how to get started. i've wanted to ask this favor of you for a while, but i'm the kind of person that doesn't want to impose on someone. i know i'm asking a lot, but here are some of my questions.....
generally, how did you get started?
what kind of camera(s) do you use?
how to you process your prints? (since this has all changed since i took dark room in college!)
do you use a studio and what type of space do you use?  
what equipement/backgounds do you need to start? i imagine a computer is used now-a-days, what kind/programs?
does one need some sort of business license? ( i guess state by state laws would apply)
and any other info you know i need to know to get started
i know this is a lot of info and you may not have time for all of this, but any help would be greatly appreciated.
~angie
 
Anissa Dossey Long November 13 at 10:21am
Hey Angie!! Of course I have time for you!

The best thing I EVER did for my photography career was to sign up with PortraNET (http://www.portranet.com ). It's a one-on-one online training course that will answer every question you have above and WAY WAY WAY more. It's $1800 for the 1st year, and we couldn't necessarily afford it when I joined, but I would do it again in a heartbeat. The instructor, Ron Kramer, is a successful, working photographer- 30 years of success. He's also a Christian, and treats each student and his clients, with the love of Christ.

He started PortraNET in 2003, so there is 7 years of information stored there (which will keep you busy reading and learning for the first 3-4 months!) I joined in Feb. this year, and still read every day.

You will learn about equipment (from Ron's experience, as well as other students)-- hopefully BEFORE you buy anything. This can save you hundreds of $$. I bought most of my equipment before PN, and now am in the process of selling that & buying different.

You will learn posing & lighting, which is the key to selling your work for real $. The true value of what I've learned was made very clear to me last weekend when I attended a seminar by Dave Newman, who is a Master Photographer with over 550 Merit Awards. Everything he taught about the 12 Elements of Award-Winning Merit Prints in National Competition was a "review" for me. (I knew NONE of the info before PN!)

You will learn digital processing-- efficiency, how to retouch in Photoshop, reviews of tools that make it easier (as well as opinions of things not to waste your money on).

And you'll learn about the business of photography. I currently have a "garden-level-residential-studio" but hope to do this full time within a couple of years and have a regular studio. Each person goes at their own pace and you'll get some great insight on how to set up a studio or shoot out of your home. And if you do weddings, you don't need a studio at all.

Each student has a "Project Folder" where you put your images for Ron's critique. Ron responds to project folders the same day that you post in most cases, so you get instant, one-on-one feedback-- at your learning pace. The more you practice/post, the more you'll learn. And you have visibility not only to your own folder, but to every student's folder from 2003. I've learned SO MUCH from reading others' project folders from beginning to end. No one else is allowed to post comments in project folders, so they don't get "cluttered" with other people's opinions. So you see image/critique/image/critique... and you learn to "see" good work. Then you apply it to your own.

Others who have joined that have attended classes, school, etc. have said that they've learned more on PN than MANY years of school could teach.

Have I sold you yet Can't say enough about it. Check it out, register as a guest, then read some of the posts. You can see the layout, and a couple of sections for guests- but all the teaching parts are visible once you are a paying student.

Call me if you have more questions-- easier to talk than type when I have so much to say!  BTW, I would NEVER recommend PortraNET to anyone in the Denver Area (maybe not even in CO!) because what we learn there completely sets your work apart from all other photographers-- some who have been in business for a very long time, but just don't pay attention to the details that make great portraits.

~Anissa

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Jan 26th, 2010, 3:21pm
This one via email. =)
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How do you keep going and going and going month after month, posting those detailed answers to everyone?  I don't know how you do it.  I see the new people's post and think "oh man, Ron's got to explain this or that just like he did on so many other people's folders".  Kudos to you for continuing to be patient and thorough.  Sometimes I think you do have bad days though and are not up to it, but you forge ahead.  

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Re: Kudo's
Post by Wendy Lake on Jan 29th, 2010, 9:58am
I'd say Ron is a bargain!  Just today, I received an email from a well known photographer.
Personally, I love the photographer's work.  

However, that photographer charges consultation fees of $350 per hour or $3500 per day.  We have access to Ron's knowledge and experience every day for a year for $1800.  So if you think Ron is expensive, that works out to under $7 per day (only counting weekdays).  

Just my 2cents.  
Thank you Ron!

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Mar 8th, 2010, 10:03am
This in PM today (hope it's okay to post here).
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Hi Ron

Sending you a check for my 6th year re-enrollment in Portranet.  It has been worth every penny, every year!  Thanks for your instruction.  It's taken  me to a level of skill that sets me above the other photographers in my area.  Take care and may God bless your 2010!

Sally
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Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Apr 16th, 2010, 12:03pm
PM in today - I suppose this is a Kudo!?

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Hi Ron,
I don't see my name on the list of renewals for April. I put a check in the mail on Sunday so maybe it didn't come yet? I guess I should have sent it earlier , it's definitely on it's way if you don't have it yet. I don't see how anyone could not renew once they're in here and see how much there is to learn. I'm hoping to have more time to learn this year than I did last year but even if I don't it's still worth it. Thanks so much, Helen Weiner
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Thanks Helen!  

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on May 4th, 2010, 2:09pm
Julie Mast (Holland MI)  just enrolled... and her reply to my first post to her was this...

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Julie says...

I'm so glad I joined Portranet, thank you for your wisdom.  I don't know where to start but thank you for your "review".................     (personal stuff edited out).

I'll be purchasing either the Alien Bee or the White Lightning this weekend.  Will post some new pictures once I get this up and running. Thanks again, I've got more out of your one post then all the seminars I've attended in the last three years.  Again, so glad I found Portranet and joined.  Later...
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;)   Thats why I'm here.

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Feb 8th, 2011, 1:02pm
Haven't updated this in a while. Here's one today via PM  from Kerik....

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Ron -  

I just wanted to take a minute to say "Thank You" for all the time and effort you've put into helping me redesign my business card over the last 2 days.

Along with everything else you do (here and at home) you've really gone above and beyond to ensure that I have a product to present to future clients that is refined and high end.  

I'm always amazed at the time, dedication and attention that you give each and every one of us (and patience too!)

Thank you again for everything
Kerik-Elizabeth

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Feb 27th, 2011, 10:41am
Read this response to me today.  May sound corny to outside folks... but I think this is probably the ultimate compliment I could receive.

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Re: Devorah Mushell's Project Folder  
« Reply #306 on: Feb 25th, 2011, 1:45pm »

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thank you so much! i find it amazing that i really feel like you have taught me to see.


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Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Apr 6th, 2011, 1:22pm
Today from Helen W.
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Please let me know how it works, and thank you again, I have learned an incredible amount from you in a fairly short time, and I look forward to starting my third year on portranet. Thanks,
Helen

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Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Apr 26th, 2011, 1:52pm
copied from my PM
thanks Brent.

Just letting you know I just sent payment for my 5th year.  I am however not doing any work at the time as a lot has changed but Portranet is just too valuable to give up especially as I plan to do more in the future.  Thanks for such an amazing site and I hope to be around more in the future.

Brent Zirbel

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on May 4th, 2011, 3:14pm
Posted in her project folder today  Michelle Cochran of NC.

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On a lighter side I got your reminder about my expiration date. I will be renewing..you should hear from me by the end of this week. I wanted to Thank you for Portranet. It has been such a blessing. I had a background in photography and considered myself a pro until I joined and saw the work of your students. I always saw something lacking in my work and wanted to improve it and wasnt sure how to do it. I have learned so much this year. I know I still have alot to learn and due to the day job cant learn as fast as I would like..but thanks to you I will get there. I look forward to another great year here.
Thanks
Michelle

Re: Kudo's
Post by Ron on Sep 12th, 2012, 1:30pm
We have so many of these - I kinda stopped adding new ones unless they're exceptionally strong (or address new things). Here's a post from a member in his folder to me today.

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Mort Harwood (Grand Rapids, MI)

Ron, last weekend I sent my very first print order to PLE.  First time in my life I've ever had any digital photos printed outside of the ink jet printer in my home!  Anyway, I figure I should start using PLE like you do.

Everything went great uploading my first order and the prints (got them today) look super.  Since it was my first order, I did a series of 8x10 prints to test different levels of sharpening and paper options, using the recent photo of my sister's family.  Based on the results of that, I'll be ordering all the rest of the prints for my sister from her family session.

My question is do you print Glossy or Lustre, or do you give the client the choice?  (I assume you don't use the Metallic or Deep Matte papers.)

Also, do you use the DuraCoat finish?

Thanks for the advice.

Also, I have to comment...looking at my nice prints today of the fam really reminds me that only a few months ago I couldn't have come anywhere close to this, I was 90+% clueless.  What great luck to find PortraNET like I did!  (BTW, did you ever sell that Larson soft box on Craig's List?)    You explain things so well and everything I need it seems is on PortraNET.  Can't thank you enough for all you put into this!!!  I need to read more in other students' project folders, but from what I have read it's really obvious how much you care about all your students.  I'm just so impressed.

I also notice in your project folder that you are thinking about a workshop possibly, but not a lot of takers so far.  I have a theory on that...my theory is that you have done such a great job putting things on PortraNET...it's so complete and thorough...that people don't feel like they could possibly need more.

I think in the early years of PortraNET then the workshops were probably more in demand because you didn't have as much available on PortraNET yet.  But with all the instruction and videos on PortraNET (including videos of those workshops!), it's sorta already all there.  All the important principles are still relevant, they don't go out of date.  Personally I think I'm already 100% saturated with my part-time learning pace on PortraNET...I think I can only absorb so much so fast!

So anyway that's my theory about the lack of response...I think it simply says you've already done an awesome job with PortraNET!  My 2 cents' worth...

Re: Kudo's
Post by Tamara Smith on Oct 31st, 2012, 9:34am
Almost two years ago, I found PortraNet.  I was a photographer with a good eye, but lacked knowledge about posing, the correct use of light, light in the eyes, how to use studio light, etc.  I was on the outside looking into PN and really wanted to join, but didn't know if it would be worth spending $1800 to join.  That is a lot of money and I was afraid that I would be tossing money to just some internet scam.

My worries were for nothing, because PortraNet is certainly NOT an internet scam.  It is a place that has brought me to where I am today.  PortraNet is teaching me so much more than what I expected.  I can't even begin to list all that I have learned.  My goal is to become an artist - not just a photographer!  Portranet is getting me there!  I still have learning to do, but now I feel confident with posing, the correct use of light, light in the eyes, etc, etc, etc, - all of those things that I didn't know before joining.  As far as the cost of joining, I have made that back and then some.  Recently, I had two clients that placed orders that were big enough to cover an entire year's membership fee to PortraNet!

Ron is a GREAT teacher!  He is very thorough to say the least.  He points out things that I am amazed about - I always wonder how he notices the things he notices!  He is very detailed and pushes me to continue to improve.  Sometimes I want to be done with a project that I am working on, but then he pushes me to perfect it.  Ron does not sugar coat things!  Sometimes the criticism is hard to take, but I know it will only make me better!  The nice thing is when he gives praise for good work - I know that he is genuine!  So because I know he is genuine, when Ron gives a compliment about my work, it makes me feel very proud, and it makes my day!

Re: Kudo's
Post by Karen Flook on Oct 31st, 2012, 2:04pm
I'm entering my 4th year on PN and can say it's the best investment I've made and continue to make. I agree wholeheartedly with all the other comments here about Ron & what PN offers. It's impossible for me to name just one benefit because there are so many! I do know for me personally & professionally, Ron's motto of it not being just one thing but a hundred things that makes a portrait perfect has stuck with me and is what I strive for. Once you're taught by a master like Ron, you'll never approach creating or looking at a portrait the same way again!

There's also the bonus of sharing & learning from other talented professional photographers who's work is just as remarkable, thanks to Ron. Then there's the business side of being a working professional which can be daunting in itself. This too is an area I have gained invaluable information thanks to Ron, PN and it's members.

To sum it up, Ron is more than generous with his time, knowledge & guidance for each and every member that there's no way anyone couldn't benefit. Is it easy? NOPE. But for those truly interested in rendering beautiful, timeless and flattering images realize it's not the camera that produces these things - it's 100 meticulous things taught like non other than Ron Kramer.