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Old 11-22-2012, 11:46 AM
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William is hiring additional staff to deal with the increased demand for media access , so I think we will see their website updated frequently with new content.
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Old 11-22-2012, 12:29 PM
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Well, seems that my post caused a bit of controversy here

Tiggersk8, I hope your're not refering to me when you talk about the "usual suspects post". I clearly do not fit in that group. If you notice I barely comment on boards related to William and Kate though I follow those boards closely. And I guess I never bashed any royal lady here in the forum as well.
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To have such bitterness towards a group of Ladies who are doing their best to try and use their position to make this World of ours a better place...I don't get it and I pity anyone w/that much bitterness and anger in them. It's just sad. :(
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Old 11-22-2012, 12:37 PM
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I think that Catherine takes pretty good pictures. You can see that she definitely understands the importance of positioning the camera a certain way. It was very gracioud of this couple to share more of 'behind the scenes' photos with the world. They certainly didn't have to. I respect them even more for that.
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Old 11-22-2012, 12:46 PM
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I will say again, it is bizarre the effort some people make to slate this couple.
It borders on pathological.
Your last sentence is very disrespectful.


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Those people didn't say they didn't like the pictures, they wrote a paragraph about how she should be like Mario Testino by now, from pictures taking from an amateurish digital camera that is similar to what most people in the (western) world own.

I've been taking pictures since 2007 also, I don't see how that should make me a professional.

Don't expect those pictures to look like it from a vogue photoshoot with a camera most could find a walmart. Expecting the same result when one was moving with a cheaper camera, while the others often spend the whole day, stationary with an expensive professional camera while taking their pictures and using professional Photoshop software make no sense to me.

http://blogs.telegraph.co.uk/technol...6b-460x288.jpg
1st, I never said she should be the next Testino. In fact, I said in my first post I knew she was just an amateur but as I said there are two kinds of amateurs two me. And to me someone that likes photography that much and has reportedly been taking photos for 4/5 as aparentely Kate has, should have improved a bit. These photos look to me taken from someone who just started now, not a few year ago. But of course, this is just MY OPINION, everyone here can disagree.
2nd, yes I wrote a paragraph with my opinion.
I could have came here and simply make a comment like "OH I don't like the photos, they are so bad, this girl has no talent, etc etc" but I think that the forum becomes richer when we try to explain our opinions instead of just saying if we like or not. And that's why I wrote a paragraph. I didn't like the photos and I tried to explain why so that people didn't assume I was one of those posters that don't like her simply because they don't.

Some of the reactions here have acused some posters of bashing Kate. I would love to know where in my post I bashed her...
I had an opinion and stated it as everyone else in the forum. That's what a forum is about after all... I don't think I've been disrespectful with anybody, not even with Kate, so I don't understand why the reactions were so harsh
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Old 11-22-2012, 02:15 PM
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Why don't we all go to our respective corners and chill.

Surely its possible to have opposing opinions regarding the Duchess of Cambridge without this thread becoming a bit of a mess.

I would hate to have to close this thread before I leave for Thanksgiving Dinner! But it looks like a clean up is necessary to remove the off topic as well as posts attacking other members.
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Old 11-22-2012, 02:24 PM
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The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are probably responding to the increasing requests from their "people", i.e. the population for whom the royal family serves. The couple have kindly posted private photos to show a snippet of their lives. For anyone to disrespect the couples right to reach out and the way they are chosing to do so is simply rude. If the royal couple is "your" royal couple I hope you accept what they are trying to do and if you are truly just a bystander voicing an opinion then ask yourself why you are actually participating here. If you are bashing someone who has no impact on your life then you have made them into another celebrity to follow and you are missing the role and culture of being part of a monarchy.
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Old 11-22-2012, 03:48 PM
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Just looked at their official homepage and look what I have found there under The Duchess of Cambridge - Interests:

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Other hobbies include more recreational sports such as hill walking, tennis, sailing, swimming, and the arts, including photography and painting.

The Duchess’s enthusiasm for photography saw her taking photographs as part of her role during her time working within Party Pieces, a family company owned and run by her parents.
I think this statement is probably the reason why some people are somewhat underwhelmed when it comes to the professionalism of the photos posted on their homepage.
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Old 11-22-2012, 03:57 PM
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Catherine is not a professional photographer and has never claimed to be a professional. She never received training in photography so I don't understand why people were expecting 'professionalism' from snapshots taken on her digital camera while on tour. The photos weren't destined for the National Portrait Gallery, Catherine posted them on her personal website to share with the public.
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Old 11-22-2012, 04:00 PM
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One thing is for certain though. These snapshots point out how much interest there is in the Duchess of Cambridge. Her website crashed twice yesterday from too much demand and the internet is flooded with articles about these photos.
Catherine's popularity is phenomenal.
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Old 11-22-2012, 05:07 PM
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I'd say that interest in Catherine is phenomenal. There are people out there just looking to criticise.
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Old 11-22-2012, 05:23 PM
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Thanks for saying that. I have no idea why such pictures are being published. And this from a couple who usually have a clinical cut approach between "private" and "public".
I think perhaps this is exactly why she decided to share her photos on the official website. Both William and Kate are astute enough to realize that there is a public yearning to know more about them. What makes them tick, what they like to do and perhaps more in depths of what they like and what its like to be them. Their official web site is a perfect venue to do this. With Facebook, that is what we can do too.. share with family and friends.

With drawing a line in the sand on what they will tolerate or not as far as their privacy, I think that the couple putting a more personal aspect into their official website is a pretty smart move. They don't appear too standoffish and reclusive in their private lives but also gives them control of what is seen by the public. It won't call off the paps, but Will and Kate have in their own way taken the exclusive angle away a bit more.
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Old 11-22-2012, 06:15 PM
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I think this statement is probably the reason why some people are somewhat underwhelmed when it comes to the professionalism of the photos posted on their homepage.
Exactly, Kit. This proves that she has some pratice. That's why I thought the pictures would be better...


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I don't understand why people were expecting 'professionalism' from snapshots taken on her digital camera while on tour. The photos weren't destined for the National Portrait Gallery, Catherine posted them on her personal website to share with the public.
I was not expecting professionalism. To be a professional takes years, money, pratice, dedication and talent. I know Kate is just an amateur. But between amateurs, there are many degrees of quality. Since Kate seems to have some experience already, I was expecting them to have better quality, but still not the quality of a professional, of course.
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Old 11-22-2012, 06:16 PM
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sharing like this is something that the BRF has always done. In the past, it was a press release with pix and, inevitably, the info evaporated. Now sharing means going on the website and it being disected by friend and foe alike and it never evaporates - its there for all time. This is upping the ante for ALL royals - not just the cambridges. They should be generally supported for doing this. Those on this forum who take an active interest should actively support this process.

I'm not saying that you should like everything they say, do or present but show respect for the fact that they are willing to do this.

It would be so easy for them to withdraw this type of information.
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Old 11-22-2012, 06:36 PM
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Well, I have always been of the opinion that if these criticisms are the best that Catherine's detractors can do, then she must be doing something right.

Lack of 'professionalism' with snapshots she took while on tour with her husband and decided to share with the public who have been asking for more photos.

Catherine must be just gutted she is not up for the Robert Capa Gold Medal.
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Old 11-22-2012, 06:52 PM
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:11 PM
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Just looked at their official homepage and look what I have found there under The Duchess of Cambridge - Interests:

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Other hobbies include more recreational sports such as hill walking, tennis, sailing, swimming, and the arts, including photography and painting.

The Duchess’s enthusiasm for photography saw her taking photographs as part of her role during her time working within Party Pieces, a family company owned and run by her parents.
I think this statement is probably the reason why some people are somewhat underwhelmed when it comes to the professionalism of the photos posted on their homepage.
To be fair, Kate was taking her photos on a basic camera without all of the bells and whistles. To truly capture landscapes, most photographers use better equipment and take their time capturing photos/setting up shots. Kate only had a few moments, so her photos won't compare.

Plus, landscape photography is different than still life photography (which is what I assume Kate was doing at PP)...they require different techniques. So while she may have experience behind a camera, it's possible that she's just now trying her hand at landscape photography.

IMO, the photos look fine (a few of them I really like). They're basically tourists photos, so I can't really say that they reflect Kate's true ability. The only way I'd truly be able to judge her talent, is if she were to exhibit her photos in a gallery.
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Old 11-22-2012, 07:21 PM
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sharing like this is something that the BRF has always done. In the past, it was a press release with pix and, inevitably, the info evaporated. Now sharing means going on the website and it being disected by friend and foe alike and it never evaporates - its there for all time. This is upping the ante for ALL royals - not just the cambridges. They should be generally supported for doing this. Those on this forum who take an active interest should actively support this process.

I'm not saying that you should like everything they say, do or present but show respect for the fact that they are willing to do this.

It would be so easy for them to withdraw this type of information.
sorry, but who has not showed respect for the fact that they shared the pics?
I must say I've nothing against them sharing the pics, absolutely nothing. I may even like what they share in the future, who knows?
But I don't have to like everything, have I? I didn't like the pics and shared my opinion, just that, I don't think that makes me a "detractor"
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One thing I did want to mention though after something that happened to me tonight. It's Deer Season here and my Dad, who more than likely is taking part in his last year of hunting due to his very rapidly declining health, got himself an 8 point Buck today. A nice big deer too, which considering that makes up the majority of the meat we eat in this house and the meat from last year was just about out, which will help us out big time w/the grocery bills, not to mention making Dad's year. Anyway...

Since I'm a huge skating fan and go to shows and competitions a lot, I have a really good professional looking camera w/the needed settings and lens. Doesn't mean the person using it is a Professional, but the camera is.

So Mom takes me out to our back shed to do pictures w/Dad and his buck and also the son of friends of ours who is also hunting w/us and got a nice little buck himself today, and I noticed something was happening I hadn't seen before. I had it set for Auto, as I usually do for pictures like this, and when I pushed only half way down to get the focus, I noticed the settings were changing from Auto to Sport and back to Auto a couple of times and I think I also got a couple in the Sport setting due to that.

Now, considering the camera Kate had was more than likely a regular digital camera, but w/those same options, what if those B&W pictures in the jungle the result of the same thing? The Camera taking over w/out her knowing it and, in turn, getting some happy accidents?

Regardless, I thought those B&W's were gorgeous and IMO showed up far more of the jungle than a colour one would. We've all seen gorgeous colour pictures of the Rainforests around the World, but the colour blinds you in a way to the details of the leaves and other foliage. At least to me. These B&W's however don't do that and you can focus on the actual various forms of plant life and their details.

As I said though, that's just me.
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Tiggersk8 Congrats to your Dad on his 8 point Buck. Great that you got pix to remember this occasion - really that's all pix are about for peeps like us. To remember an occasion, people and family. Lets not get frazzled over it.

Julliette - I dont think you have. My post was not in respone to any of your posts - I would have made it clear if it was
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WOW so much hubub about an amateur photographers photographs. She is an amateur not a professional. She also lists amongst her interests tennis and swimming. Would you judge her abilities in those sports against Federer or Phelps? Probably not, so why judge her photographs as one would a professionals.
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