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News : PortraNET outdated ???,
Posted: Aug 26th, 2015, 3:09pm

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I've heard this twice from people who have considered joining last week and today.  I wanted to try and explain that in order to see any thing update, you must have access to the area. MEMBERS are in the member areas and we're active in the project folders.  The other areas such as posing and lighting - have had my personal attention for over a decade. I spent 70 hours a week for many years pouring what I know into them. Eventually "it's all there".  Occasionally (RARE) someone might have a question that isn't covered in the instructional areas.  I then respond in the associated "class room" area for the topic.  Again people on the outside thinking of joining will not see any sign of this internal activity.

There are a couple public areas - this one and the lounge.  Those are not used by members. There is no reason to post in the lounge because we do all the work inside.  Also we of course don't want internal teachings in the free area that wouldn't make sense would it.

Last week a young man who has great interest in portrait photography was painting my home. (porches)  He asked what I did and I told him and he expressed his interest. I told him of PortraNET and he thought the same. Asking if there is any activity, it seemed dead?. I gave him the email address's for abouy 6 local members (because he's also local to me). And he joined after contacting these people.

Today a past member and friend of mine from PortraNET asked if I was still teaching. She said she referred a young lady and that gal said it looked outdated here.   I asked "what area or info seemed outdated"?

When I started portranet about 12-13 years ago.  I created the intro and promo, informational pages.  These are over a decade old, but I've not found the need to update anything?  It's all the same except 10 years old and 10 YEARS MORE INFO!

I also get primarily referrals which won't really look at the intro-information. They see my students work, ask where they learned and when referred they join.  

I retired from my studio work, but I setup my camera room at home so I can shoot the occasional portrait and do work for my PortraNET members.  All my time goes into PortraNET and my members now. I've been blessed to be semi retired at 45 and fully retired at 55.  

At to outdated info.  Please realize that the rules of portraiture and the rules are art do not change.  The rules of lighting go back over 100 years, rules of composition and posing and how to build a flattering pose do not change.  The educational contact does not get outdated.

STYLES change!  no doubt, there are new and interesting and creative ideas that do update and we share what we're doing or members will ask me how someone else has done something they've seen posted online and I'm here to ... read more

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News : Featured student - I don't do this much any more,
Posted: Mar 4th, 2015, 1:38pm

To much inside - and just not into self promotion of PortraNET out here... but this post today came up by Kraindy Rosenberg.  It was posted in the wrong place and splicing it into her folder I was presented with her first "pre-portranet" shot.  I went WOW... really. And felt I needed to share her success.

This was her image today she posted. It has some minor issues which I helped her with. (primarily a tricky lighting situation) but I shared some tricks I'd have done. Anyway - it's a beautiful shot.  SEE BELOW TOP.  Then I'll post two of the first shots she posted in her member folder after just joining.




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







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News : Tamara Smith - wow,
Posted: May 9th, 2014, 3:58pm

no need to say more.



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News : Mort Harwood 13 months here.,
Posted: Jun 8th, 2013, 10:22am

Mort is in the same city I'm in, so we've met up several times. He's an amazing student. Seems to read something once and it totally sticks.

Here's are a couple from this recent posts in his project folder.





When Mort started here 13 month ago I request all students to share what they feel is their best portrait before joining. He shared this.



After my review of his latest work in his folder her replied:



Thank you so much for the positive feedback!  I owe all of my improvement to your teaching on PN.  So many things still to do and perfect, but I can see the progress.  Several of my family members have been commenting too on how my portraits have improved dramatically in recent months.  Nice to hear.

Ya know, a hobby is a lot more fun when you don't suck at it!  I'm finally starting to feel like I can create some art that I'm proud of.  That's always been my goal, to create art, not to "take pictures".  But until PN I never learned the fundamentals skills needed, never had that foundation of understanding.

I've taken 8 years of college (4 undergrad and 4 graduate), and I've never had a college course in any subject as good as what you provide on PN.  That's just the flat out truth.  It's one thing to be good at your craft, but quite another to be able to teach it.  You excel at both.


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News : Tamara Smith  (AR) 2nd year,
Posted: Jan 21st, 2013, 2:50pm

I don't feature members enough out here - because - so busy I forget!
This one is long over due.  She's been here almost 2 years....  First lets see her posted (pre portranet shots she posted initially in her product folder).

Typical of "photographers found on facebook and all over the web these days" essentially...  snapshots.  Hardly art...







NOW AFTER JOINING PORTRANET... this one 2 weeks after joining.



AND NOW 1 year and 11 months later...







Truly - has learned the ART OF FINE PORTRAITURE.

congrats Tamara.
tamara@tamarasmithphotography.com



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News : Devorah Mushell of NJ,
Posted: Jan 15th, 2013, 1:59pm

Wanted to pick up some commercial jobs in her area.  So I've been giving her a crash course in commercial photography. Here are some of her first shots I've been working with her on for a new client she has.






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News : Forgot about this area... here's some new ones,
Posted: Aug 31st, 2012, 4:58pm

shot yesterday.








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News : Katherine Brock's project today,
Posted: Nov 14th, 2011, 3:34pm



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News : Ron's Recent diver session,
Posted: Nov 3rd, 2011, 1:44pm







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News : Learn RETOUCHING,
Posted: Oct 21st, 2011, 1:30pm

Here's but one example of what you can learn...

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News : Some fun this summer with seniors,
Posted: Aug 31st, 2011, 3:53pm

One of mine



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News : Master class - Chris Randall spot light,
Posted: Apr 27th, 2011, 12:12pm

After 6 years on here Chris Randall has adapted what she's learned from me into her owns style.  Her creativity never ceases to amaze me.  I'm so proud of her.  First I'll post a couple of her latest shots.  Then I'll follow those with a couple of her "PRE PORTRANET" training shots she originally posted in her folder after first joining. With all the "PWC" (People with Cameras) out there calling themselves professional photographers it really does my heart good to turn out skilled artists of fine portraiture.

Her Latest:





And looking back at her first posts in her folder after enrolling.

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Well here goes. I have been a read only for 4 months now. Now am full. I am nervous as heck! This is like being naked in public....for everyone to see and critique all the flaws....can you tell I know I have been doing stuff wrong. But I guess that is the first step! So I will post my PRE Portranet and then the stuff following Feb 18 of this year. Don't let my nervousness fool you, give it to me straight.






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News : Newbie - does well in 2 MONTHS!,
Posted: Apr 14th, 2011, 2:41pm

Brad Casrorph, joined Feb 13th 2011.  It's been 2 months.

He jumped into "couples" rather than my recommended individual H&S poses... because his daughter needed engagement photos.  BELOW (TOP photo) - I'll post his (best pre-portranet) engagement of them.  Under it - after only 8 weeks on Portranet.

Amazing improvement from totally amateur snapshot to high end pro portraiture in 8 wks!

I chuckled that this looked like a toboggan run pose.



And now - with new lighting gear still being setup and tweaked... "real engagement poses".  Saving 300-500 by not having to pay a pro photographer.
(1795.00 PortraNET)...   - 400.00 savings = 1495.00 with 10 months to make the rest of his investment back.




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News : Kerry Kimmel - COMES A LONG WAY in 11 mo!,
Posted: Mar 7th, 2011, 4:32pm

Recent shot I JUST LOVE (Recommended some improvements though). Toning down white bench back, and vignetting right and upper right corner more.



Was she already a great photographer when joining?
One of her first "test" shots just after joining Last April 6th 2010. She just started learning here and was applying the first steps of my instruction.



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News : Devorah Mushell, NJ,
Posted: Feb 23rd, 2011, 6:37pm

Recent pic in her folder - I LOVE IT.



Devorah has been here 4 years now.  Back when she started. This was her first post after joining.   Come a long way?  YOU BET.



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News : Miss Michigan contestant,
Posted: Feb 22nd, 2011, 11:00am

Basic head and shoulders portrait - but  "pageant style".



And the more formal full length portrait of crowned "Miss GVSU".





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News : Siya Kharkar (CA) ,
Posted: Feb 4th, 2011, 11:49am

Congrats on this really super nice composite image.



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News : Most improved for Jan?,
Posted: Jan 26th, 2011, 2:06pm

Is this something new each month?  Until I forget to pick one I guess.

Recent work from Kraindy Rosenberg (NY) Been here 8 mo.



VS one of her pre-portranet instruction shots posted early in her project folder.








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News : MOST IMPROVED for DEC.,
Posted: Dec 3rd, 2010, 4:46pm

Kerik. From TN.  Joined PortraNET in Oct. So she's been here 6 weeks?   She's really working at it.  And today made giant stides.  She posted this portrait of a biker. Cool!  This was actually a first test of my recommended lighting changes.






This was her first post after joining of her Pre-PortraNET work.





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News : Chris Randall - FEATURED STUDENT,
Posted: Nov 16th, 2010, 10:59am

Some of Chris's recent work. She operates from her home studio. She's been a student here for 5 years now.  CONGRATULATIONS CHRIS - awesome work.  She's said that her average order has double in recent months.  SURELY WE CAN SEE WHY!  Orders from 250-400 now 500-1000+   It's all in the QUALITY OF OUR WORK!











Chris's work before learning at PortraNET.com









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