Today I’m here with Kyle Cong running through his approach on shooting out on location with strobes and how he finds them!
Really quick and dirty article for you this week on a handy little tip I found myself having to find for a solution to a problem.
I was doing a photoshoot with this subject when I noticed how awesome the decking looked, I decided that I wanted to get a shot of him led down on the decking but still wanted that jawline / chin to pop. He didn’t feel comfortable forcing his chin towards the camera while laying down due it being difficult as hell because your head is heavy!
One of the biggest challenges for me when I first started taking photos was posing subjects. Coming from a more photojournalistic background, the idea of posing subjects for portraits wasn’t something I was too keen on.
It took a lot of time and work to not only learn how to post my subjects, but also learn how to direct them while in the middle of a shoot. For those of you who struggle with the same issue, photographer Caroline Tran has teamed up with SLR Lounge to share a helpful tutorial on how to pose subject using non-verbal cues. [Read more…]
When Madonna sang Strike A Pose, she probably did not image a model that can strike 25 poses over 30 seconds. Vogue would have been quite a ridiculous song if she had to go that fast.
But the model that Sick Chirpse got on video take is able to change poses faster than the strobes recycle, and this is about 1 pose second. (+ a little dance between poses)
For some unexplainable reason some people become uncomfortable gawky creatures as soon as you point a camera in their direction.
All of a sudden they don’t know what to do with their arms, they forget how to stand properly and the only expression on their face is nervous.
In this short and video Jasmine Star provides three tips that will help you pose awkward clients.
Having worked on many bridal shoots as a model and involved in several real weddings before, I’ve picked up some things that I hope might help a few others. If you’re part of the wedding industry then please feel free to share this tongue in cheek guide with your clients, whilst understanding that although it’s a bit brazen, it might actually be what they need to know!
Posing for the camera: There are certain posing tips that apply to all women whether they are wearing a bridal gown or not. However, your wedding day is the time when you’ll really want to put theory into practice and believe me it makes all the difference. Here are my top ten bridal posing tips;
1. Where to hold your flowers – Aim for just below belly button level. Not too high and not too low. This pushes your arms out with a slight bend at your elbow, avoiding crushed skin and bingo wings. It also acts as bonus stomach coverage. #Winning
As much as we’d like for our clients to just naturally know how to pose for a photograph, we have to be realistic; it’s never going to happen. Part of the portrait photographers job, in fact, is to be able to tell their subjects how to pose and present themselves in front of the camera and, just like our subjects, we’re not always the best at posing, either. Fortunately, supermodel Coco Rocha (aka “The Queen of Pose” ) has teamed up with iconic photographer, Steven Sebring, to publish the super useful book Study Of Pose. [Read more…]
Framing very selectively in-camera, you can very often pull out quite a surprising image out of “nowhere”.
With Julia and Luis’ wedding, I roamed around the reception venue – a bed & breakfast on the Jersey shore, for interesting spots. There were interesting nooks and crannies that would work for the romantic portrait session. But I also like adding variety, especially unexpected variety.
I went through a back-gate, and into a parking lot behind the venue. This gate was the delivery entrance for the venue’s kitchen, and the parking lot was, well, just a parking lot.
But, I loved the texture of tye wooden fence and gate, and the late afternoon sun really brought out the texture. I hurried back inside and asked Julia and Luis to join me – I think I may have a great idea! I shot it using the following settings: 1/250 @ f/5.6 @ 200 ISO – available light only Nikon D4: Nikon 24-70mm f/2.8. [Read more…]