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    hey all, basically i recently was given permission to add my watermark along with the club that i shoot at to all the photos that go up on their facebook however it occurred to me that i didn't have a decent logo or anything yet :S Anyhoo long story short in a slightly drunken state (post work fun with my mates) i had this idea for a logo/watermark. it is my first attempt at it and im not quite happy with it yet however id like to know what all you professionals think.. is it a bit cheap n cheesy? or is it appropriate and fun considering currently i'm predominantly a nightclub photographer?

    looking for any critique on on the current one and or suggestions for something different

    here it is
    logo

    thankyou all

  • #2
    It looks good full size like that, but I would be concerned once you shrink it down and put it on an image. It might not look nearly as good when 1/10 the size and you may want to go with something simpler that is clearer when reduced down in size.
    GREG - Canon 60D with 10-22, 18-55 & 55-250.
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    • #3
      Yeah I don't like it :P Actually for ages I thought it was a hand holding a gun and another inverted :P
      Check out some of these;

      Check out some other nighclub photo logos, like IAMVIP etc
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      Work: www.jamieorourkephotography.co.uk
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      • #4
        I've put this advise out several times here at DPS. Hire a pro. I can tell you've put a little time in this and I don't want to come of as mean, but this is very amateurish. Now maybe you don't think that's a big deal and that's fine, but everyone who looks at your logo will conclude that you are an amateur. Along with that conclusion, they will make assumptions. First whether you are any good or not, they will assume that you can't be that good. Second they will assume that you must be very inexpensive.

        I can't stress how important a good logo and good branding is to the success of a company, and honestly logos are as inexpensive as they've ever been.

        Personally, I'd spend $200 - $1000 now, so that I have the best shot at making thousands and thousands later with my photography.

        Best of luck!

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        • #5
          ^^ Says the guy with one of my favourite logos
          Art: www.jamieorourke.co.uk
          Work: www.jamieorourkephotography.co.uk
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          • #6
            Here we are, ignoring the photos, flick through them and you'll see a range of nightclub photography logos
            Embarrassing Nightclub Photos
            Art: www.jamieorourke.co.uk
            Work: www.jamieorourkephotography.co.uk
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            • #7
              A watermark like this will be EXTREMELY distracting. If you use one at all (which I suggest against), make it is unintrusive as possible.

              Also: http://distilleryimage2.s3.amazonaws...0a1f9686_7.jpg
              Ryan Cooper Photography
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              • #8
                Originally posted by rcooper102 View Post
                A watermark like this will be EXTREMELY distracting. If you use one at all (which I suggest against), make it is unintrusive as possible.

                Also: http://distilleryimage2.s3.amazonaws...0a1f9686_7.jpg
                very good point, as are all the others. i guess ill skip watermarking the pics for now as i deffo dont have the money to pay a professional to design one!

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                • #9
                  You could ask the OP of this thread for help - http://digital-photography-school.co...y-website.html
                  GREG - Canon 60D with 10-22, 18-55 & 55-250.
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                  • #10
                    I watermark for marketing purposes
                    Art: www.jamieorourke.co.uk
                    Work: www.jamieorourkephotography.co.uk
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                    • #11
                      I'm not a professional photographer but I know enough to know that looks cheap, distracting and as Brian Headlee say's very amateurish.
                      "Life is not measured by the number of breaths we take, but by the moments that take our breath away" - author unknown

                      My greatest Loves- My husband, our 3 boy's, animals, my canon EOS 650D, my canon EFs 18-55mm, EFs 18-135mm, EF 50mm and EF90-300mm lens, my speedlite 320EX and creating with prisma premier colored pencils.

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                      • #12
                        ok so i had a little think and a bit of a rebrand (the whole slzer thing is just a game name i used all my life and i think its time i drop it lol) now is this any better...

                        David Mason Photography

                        logo4

                        logo4black

                        logo4whiteonblack
                        Last edited by slzer; 12-07-2012, 02:47 PM.

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                        • #13
                          It's better, but still not professional looking. Here's an example, let's say this is your competition. Where do you think people will go . . . Azzura or dmp? Who's photography are they gonna assume is better . . . Azzura or dmp? Who will have a harder time pricing their photography high enough to actually make a decent profit . . . Azzura or dmp?

                          If a three hundred dollars is too much to come up with for your photography business, maybe you are just not ready to be in business. Just something to think about. I don't want to dash your hopes. I just want to help you to understand how important this is and if you cut corners how it can cost you in the end. Good luck.

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by Brian Headlee View Post
                            It's better, but still not professional looking. Here's an example, let's say this is your competition. Where do you think people will go . . . Azzura or dmp? Who's photography are they gonna assume is better . . . Azzura or dmp? Who will have a harder time pricing their photography high enough to actually make a decent profit . . . Azzura or dmp?

                            If a three hundred dollars is too much to come up with for your photography business, maybe you are just not ready to be in business. Just something to think about. I don't want to dash your hopes. I just want to help you to understand how important this is and if you cut corners how it can cost you in the end. Good luck.
                            i understand where you are coming from but i am not looking at earning a complete living from this, as i am currently a student studying mechanical engineering. I am merely a part time photographer doing small local events in general. so kinda looking for hits on how i could improve this one i guess
                            Last edited by slzer; 12-07-2012, 05:26 PM.

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                            • #15
                              I gotcha . . . student, limited resources. Not looking for a career in photography.

                              Keep it simple. When you try to be too cute things can go wrong. I like this logo better than the last because it is a solid one color mark. I also like the font choice better but, the stair stepping of the letters with the camera shape create some odd spaces. Also it comes off a bit hokey. You might think of using DM Photography instead of DMP just so the word photography is there.

                              Good luck bud, and like i said earlier wasn't trying to dash your hopes, just wanted to point you in the best direction.
                              Last edited by Brian Headlee; 12-07-2012, 06:11 PM.

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