Top tips for work­ing with mod­els

Amateur Photographer - - Technique Portraiture -

1 If it’s not pos­si­ble to ar­range a pre-shoot meet­ing, spend some time talk­ing to your model be­fore you be­gin tak­ing pic­tures. It’s im­por­tant to un­der­stand how they like to work and con­nect with them, to build a rap­port. Even if you only have an hour, ded­i­cat­ing half of that time to con­ver­sa­tion will give you more keep­ers.

2 Make an ef­fort to plan each of your scenes, as well as the looks you want to cap­ture. A mood board can be re­ally use­ful when dis­cussing what you’d like from your model. Talk with them about how you’d like them to work and move within each of the scenes you have de­vised.

3 Phys­i­cally walk your model through each of your sce­nar­ios to make it clear what you’d like them to do when you be­gin shoot­ing. Pro­vid­ing a start and end point will also make it eas­ier for you to fol­low and main­tain fo­cus on your sub­ject through­out.

4 Mu­sic can greatly en­hance a sense of time and place. Where ap­pro­pri­ate, us­ing mu­sic and even the ad­di­tion of some con­tin­u­ous light­ing can help to build the mood and at­mos­phere of your shot. This will fur­ther help your model get into char­ac­ter dur­ing the shoot and can re­sult in great suc­cess.

5 Once ev­ery­thing is set and you’re ready to be­gin shoot­ing try to ac­tively com­mu­ni­cate and pro­vide di­rec­tion to your model as they move through­out the scene; re­mind them of what mood you’re try­ing to achieve and what ac­tions you want to cap­ture.

6 Fol­low the move­ment of your model as if you were film­ing a track­ing se­quence. Keep shoot­ing as they move, util­is­ing con­tin­u­ous AF to main­tain fo­cus on your sub­ject. Keep­ing things dy­namic, rather than posed, will help to add va­ri­ety to your col­lec­tion of im­ages at the end of the shoot.

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