So, you want to get serious about portrait or fashion photography. But alas: you still don’t have a portfolio, and your budget is tight for professional models. In this video, Chelsea Nicole shares some tips for finding models even if you have no budget, so you can start building a portfolio and get your career going.
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There are several ways to find models for your shoots. Nowadays, there are even Uber or Tinder-like apps that let you do it. However, these aren’t the only ways, and they probably don’t work for some photographers.
Mathieu Stern shares ten tips that will help you find an ideal model for your portrait shoot. It’s not just about finding a pretty girl or a handsome guy, but they need to be cool with your style and requirements, and you need to build trust. Mathieu shares tips on where to look, but also how to do it, how to present yourself and how to make the cooperation successful for both yourself and the model.
I don’t want to photograph models. They are lovely and beautiful and work with you and do what you ask and most are a dream to photograph, resulting in beautiful images. All this is true, but…
I don’t want to photograph them. I don’t.
See, I don’t want models to be representations of my work. I don’t want hand picked human beings of all ages outfitted in custom clothing with hair and makeup done professionally to be what people see when they peruse my portfolio. Or look at my website. Or walk by my many displays. Or look at my social media sites.
3D scanning has started to become a more integral part of photography and video for many people. Whether it’s to scan real-world objects to render on a computer and drop into the scene in post or to be able to produce physical 3d printed models to include as part of the set, its use has started to increase over the last few years.
It’s something that Google’s been working on for years, but this latest iteration uses what they call “volumetric capture” made up of 100 12-megapixel cameras and 331 LED lighting modules in a 360° setup to see all around an object to create a photorealistic 3D representation of the subject. This lets them capture every single detail, drop them into any scene they like, and relight the subject in post.
Mexican photographer Felix Hernandez is known for his amazing photos of toys and miniatures that he builds himself. He relies mainly on practical effects and mixes them with some Photoshop, and we’ve shared lots of his photos here on DIYP. Felix combines his knowledge in photography, design and image manipulation with craftsmanship to create some mind-blowing work. Today, he has decided to tell us more about it: how he does it, where he finds inspiration, and what his work means to him. And of course, he kindly shared plenty of his beautiful images and BTS shots.
Researches have shown that social media can have a negative impact on mental health, especially in teenagers. Over the recent weeks, Instagram influencers and famous models like Gigi Hadid and Kaia Gerber are sending their own message against social media. Their approach is pretty unusual, but effective: they share photos with a phone case in the frame, with a warning reading “Social media seriously harms your mental health.”
When I first started dabbling in portrait photography, I quickly realized that the photographer’s connection to the subject can be the difference between a mediocre portrait and a great one. Communication is one of the most important skills you can learn as a portrait photographer. That’s why in this video, I’m going to show you some simple posing tips and techniques that you can use while taking portraits of males who are not models.
WPPI is a wonderful occasion for many photographers who have the opportunity to attend. It’s a time to meet up with old friends and meet new ones whom you’ve only spoken to before online. It’s also a place to learn and to teach.
At this year’s WPPI, Keydrin Franklyn and Sam Serrato decided to hold their location lighting workshops just outside of Red Rock Canyon. The plan was to find a good location and teach & shoot for 8 hours. So, they hired a few local models, and one of the attendees even got in front of the camera to get a new profile photo.
A recent study has shown that a majority of plastic surgery patients wants to look better in selfies. But it’s not celebrities that serve as models any longer. Nowadays, people want to look like their own Snapchat selfies. Doctors have noticed this trend, and it has been discussed in an article recently published on JAMA Network.
When photographing your non-model friends, they can feel a bit awkward and not know what to do. This is why it’s important that you know what to do and how to help them look and feel their best. Photographer Sheldon Evans shares some guidelines for directing your friends so they pose almost like professional models. And who knows, some of them might even turn pro after you take photos of them.