Tips on working with models

Tips on working with models

Tips on working with models

One of the best tips I can give you when photographing a professional model - wait for your model to "give" you the photo. Time your photos - don't just arbitrarily fire the shutter. Most models need a moment to settle into position. Watch their movements and pose. At some point they are likely to go through a little mental routine  Read more inside...

posing tips: pose the hands – asymmetry

posing tips: pose the hands - asymmetry

Similar to the recent post with Jessica J as the model, where I placed her feet in an asymmetrical position for a more dynamic pose, I did the same when posing Anita DeBauch's hands during a photo session. In the companion photograph, you will notice that her hands are symmetrical around her face. While the pose does look  Read more inside...

posing tip – check the wrists and hands

posing tip - check the wrists and hands

In posing, a good tip is to have the wrists and hands form a kind of S-curve instead of being straight. While this photograph works for me,  and I really like the composition and her direct gaze into the camera ... I should've guided Anelisa to bend her left wrist (the hand closer to her cheek), a bit more. That would've made  Read more inside...

models with advice for photographers

advice for photographers from models - how to work with models

An article by UK model, Jen Brook, caught my eye. She wrote a long piece where she gives advice on how models would like to be treated during a photo shoot - Dear Photographer - kindest regards, Model. xxx You'd think that this advice is just common sense, but from my own experience, I have realized  Read more inside...

off-camera flash: short lighting vs. broad lighting

off-camera flash photography: short lighting and broad lighting

"Short Lighting" is when the side of the face turned away from the camera, is better lit than the side of the face closest to the camera. (top image) "Broad Lighting" is when the side of the face closest to the camera, is better lit. (second image) This has as much to do with the position of the  Read more inside...

posing normal, everyday people for portraits

how to pose normal, everyday people for portraits

When you work with models, or subjects who are used to presenting themselves to the camera or an audience, it is much easier for the photographer to pose them. The challenge though is how to pose people who aren't used to pose in front of the camera. Then it is up to the photographer to guide them, and give clear  Read more inside...

tips on posing people / working with a model

tips for posing people / working with a model

So you have a great camera and lens; and someone who is willing to be photographed and willing to work with you; and you have a great idea for a setting or backdrop ... but now what? Posing your subject is something that can be quite intimidating to a newer photographer.  The pressure is now on YOU to create magic .. or at  Read more inside...