Model Photography is one of the trickiest when it comes to Commercial Photography. It requires work-chemistry and co-ordination. Here are some of the best tips for anyone looking to start a career in Model Photography
1. Be Business-like
Always remember as a model photographer, the shoot must be as professional as possible.
Prior to touching your client i.e. the model, remember to be courteous and never forget to ask for consent. It would be even better for you to ask your client to handle his or her clothing lest you risk making them uncomfortable.
2. Pay Attention To Fashion
In order to be a photographer, you must know how to work a camera. Similarly, an understanding of your subject will help you significantly, so remember to research into:
- Fashion history
- Fashion from various epochs
- Designers, idols, and photo-creators
- Fashion terms
- Looks, be it styles of hair or makeup
- Films and documentaries about fashion
- Latest news and trends in fashion
- Read fashion magazines
All of which can be accessed easily on the web.
3. Get Acquainted
The meeting and shooting can be pretty tough for the photographer as well as the model. So, forging a friendship with the model can be a great way to lessen the burden.
Prior to the shoot, get acquainted with the model and talk him or her through about your ideas and aims for the shoot
Remember to be open to suggestions and ideas that the model might have for you. Ask him or her about boundaries as well concerns if there are any.
4. Help Out
A great way to gain a better understanding of model photography and gain connections in the industry is to help out.
This works especially well for anyone looking to go full-time as a model photographer as helping out is a great way to get into the field, especially in cities where fashion is big and there is the possibility of gaining high-end productions. However, keep in mind that you are there to help, no one likes a photographer who’s way too friendly. Get acquainted with assistants on the creative team, to enhance your chances of working as well as growing with them.
5. Instruct, Direct And Compliment
The model’s apparel is usually decided before the shoot so it shouldn’t be cause for much concern. If your current outfit feels out of place with the shoot which you envisioned, simply ask the model for a wardrobe change.
Instruct with clarity. If something is isn’t the way it’s supposed to be, tell them and have it professionally dealt with.
One of the great tips for model photography is you are the director. So, instruct the model on what aspect you want to showcase. If you’re focused on capturing the essence of the accessories or the fit, let your model know the necessary steps to have the products showcased. Plus you are also responsible for the expressions you want to be evoked from the model, be it the poses or the general expression of the model.
Do remember to compliment the model as it helps to relax them as they could either be really tense or nervous or both. This will give the model the much-needed confidence boost which in turn will enhance how the work turns out.
Retouching photos is part of the repertoire of a lot of photographers. However, there is also the option of having it done by retouchers. The best option is to learn to do it yourself as you’ll want to add personalized edits to your photos in order to give them an individualistic look.
There are numerous YouTube videos and a plethora of info on Google about photography exists which you can use to learn about new techniques.
7. Familiarize Yourself With Fashion Lighting
In order to get the looks you prefer, it is crucial that you are familiar with the basics of fashion lighting. And though it may be odd to talk about fashion photography, keep in mind that model photography and fashion photography go hand-in-hand.
Some of fashion photography’s most used lighting modifiers are as follows:
Beauty dishes: It is a classic modifier as far as classic and fashion photography are concerned. Between the hard and soft lifting modifiers is where the beautiful fish is placed, giving the skin a beautiful glow. It shares a similarity with a hard light in how it helps in sculpting features by providing great contrast without the need to worry for giving shadows along the edges a harsh look.
Giant umbrellas: They are quite popular mainstream in fashion photography. The limitations that a beauty dish has which are caused by its spread and the requirement for complimentary fill lights most of the time can be made up for with the aid of giant reflectors that function as standalone due to their huge sizes. The even light spread is ideal for full-sized shots of models and also, a perfect depiction of the details and clothing colors is maintained—which is crucial in fashion photography.
Scrims: Although usually utilized in the diffusion of harsh outdoor lights, it is also suitable for obtaining a commercial, glowing beauty in-studio shot. What’s peculiar about the scrim is that it is a lot more specific in comparison with other lighting modifiers, and therefore requires more work setting up and shooting with. So a good tip is to experiment with it via rentals.
Octabanks: Known for their versatility, octabanks can be utilized in for fashion, model, as well as portrait photography. Octabanks give light and shadows a beautiful, even texture. They create a more rounded, beautiful gradient in the background in the absence of background fills which is what sets them apart from square or rectangular softboxes. Further, they also provide you with a natural-looking catchlight in your subject’s eyes.
Try the experiment with each of them and more, to get familiarized and identify the modifier that fits you. And in order to get a host of different and interesting moods, make sure you utilized them in combinations with each other, and/or with strip softboxes, snoots, flags, and v-flats.