So this style of guidance lets me and the model move easily from genre to genre, theme to theme.
I can say “give me some attitude” and we are in a different place. Of course, each model’s interpretation is different, I might want a “power” pose, they may think of an “angry” pose. So more tuning and suggestions may be needed.
There is a lot of shorthand in the industry, when both the photographer and the model have been working for a while it is easy to call out pose styles almost …
Here are the simple moves…
1. Ask her to stand sideways to the camera, facing the side walls of the studio.
2. Get her to drop all her weight onto the leg farthest away from the camera. The nearest leg will have to bend slightly as the weight is transferred and the hips tilt.
3. Now give her strict instructions to keep her hips facing the same place, but to turn FROM THE WAIST so that her shoulders and chest start to come towards the camera.
4. Get her to stop the turn when …
Another simple window light portrait.
Always look to the lighting on the face first. See here how we have perfect Rembrandt lighting on the face.
If we have that, then the rest of the picture will typically follow. So the shadows are giving us a nice sense of the form of Maja. There is detail in the white material because of the many shadows.
Maja is close to the window, so this is giving us a nice, soft, diffused light.
For me a good shoot is a proper collaboration between the me and the …
Sometimes you cannot achieve what you want to. In this image of Tillie posed within a corridor, I really wanted a colour shot. But, there were multiple different artificial light sources and there was no practical way of creating a good white balance.
There is sunlight to the front, one type of bulb in the chandelier at the top, then different types of lighting at the end of the corridor. It all looked horrible in colour.
However, converting to monochrome completely removes any colour balance issues and is a …
From the first few shots it became apparent that Maja could play the emotional chameleon and pull of a wide range of posing styles.
This is a bit unusual with models, usually it takes a little while for a model to warm up, but Maja was straight in there.
Now my task was to understand what we could do and how I would enable Maja’s talents.
It is always interesting working with a model for the first time. Every model has particular skills and personalities. Most models will advertise as working fashion, glamour, …