Recently I was invited to take part in a workshop titled, Lights and Shadows. Demo models were available and various photographers were shooting in a temporary set photographic studio. I could not help but notice impractical mistakes done repeatedly by some of the photographers present. This led me to write this article, in order to pin point three basic mistakes that you should avoid when shooting a model, in particular a female model.
Discretion at All Times
Before you start shooting a model, it is a very sensible to check that your model is excellent. You should check that makeup is to your liking, hair is set well, clothes are not creased, clothing labels are not visible, in short that your model is nothing less than perfect. Unfortunately, it is not if this particular task is carried out but it is more about on how it is done.
I have learned that fortitude is a needed virtue for photo shoots. There is a way and a way how you approach a model and direct her. You simply cannot look nervous and stressed out cause you cannot get you message through to your model. You cannot grumble or use slang words because you have lost control of the situation! Believe me I have seen these kind of pitiful situations.
A way in helping you to be in control of most situations, when guiding a model to pose during a photo shoot, is to be confident in how to go along and direct a model properly.
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Author: Michael Abela