As a portrait photographer, have you ever wondered what it’s like for your models to be in front of the camera? In this super-amusing video, Manny Ortiz and his most photographed model – his wife – walked in each other’s shoes. Manny became Diana’s model for a day, and she was the photographer, and they show us what it looks like when a photographer and a model switch roles.
Using fire in photography is not a new idea. But it’s one that requires the utmost respect. We’ve featured a number of photographers here on DIYP who work with fire the right way, including this one from Von Wong, who had a crew of around 50 people helping to maximise safety and be able to respond quickly in the event of an accident. Not everybody is as well planned, though.
22-year-old international student and freelance model Robyn-Lee Jansen is currently residing in a Vancouver hospital recovering from first and second-degree burns as the result of what she describes as “negligence and recklessness on the unnamed photographer’s behalf”. And, if Jansen’s account is true, I’m inclined to agree.
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.
Posing and directing men can be a difficult challenge for a lot of us. I know it is for me. Most of my non-animal subjects are female, and the direction I give them often doesn’t work quite the same way for guys. Some poses, though, can work especially well for guys. In this video, Mango Street shows us 9 unique poses for men, that can also work for women.
James calls himself a “hobbyist photographer”, but his work has a clean, sexy simplicity that would fit perfectly with many high-end commercial publications. James loves the contrast and texture of working in black and white and his photography shows an obvious attention to detail and connection with his models.
James pays the bills working as an engineer for an international firm – until recently, he was based out of Fort Worth, Texas but is now living in the middle east.
Shark Week is just around the corner, but it seems one lady decided to get into the spirit of things a little early. The BBC reports that “Instagram model” Katarina Zarutskie was on vacation in the Bahamas with her boyfriend and his family. Naturally, she wanted to make the most of the beautiful environment for her feed, so photos were taken.
After spotting people snorkelling and interacting with a pack of nearby nurse sharks, she decided that this would be a great opportunity for photographs. She says she saw it as an opportunity to “connect with nature”. Well, one opportunistic shark decided to connect with Katarina and then proceeded to drag her under the water.
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.
Renowned plus-size model Tess Holliday was unpleasantly surprised to find out that a beauty app used one of her photos in an ad without her permission. To make things worse, the ad used her image to demonstrate how it makes the body significantly slimmer in a single click.
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.