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And telling you how to assess their strong and weak sides, help them with posing, choose an angle, retouch the pictures, and more. The model-photographer relationship is the cornerstone of every shoot, and so it needs to be mutually beneficial. There are a few principles I recommend sticking to if you want great photos and satisfaction for yourself and your model. If they have a misshapen nose, try shooting from a different angle. If they have small breasts, try adapting their outfit to that in advance or making up for it with their pose.
Everything has a solution, but you have to be prepared. Feel free to blame it on bad light or a boring angle. Assessing strengths is more or less automatic, and these are the things that you do tell the model. Within limits, of course. Be sure to mention their nice:. This could easily be a topic for a whole separate article. For this sort of info on posing basics, she can search on Facebook, Pinterest, or Google.
I have a Pinterest board with posing instructions on it, for example. It helps me in two ways—first, it helps me learn correct posing so I can then demonstrate it to my models. And second, I send my models this board before a shoot, so they can learn too. Here are three examples to help you compare good and bad posing. There are hundreds of such photos on the internet; you just have to search a bit.
Every angle can have a different effect, and your model will look different at different angles. She may have visually long or short legs. An unnecessarily wide jaw or high forehead. You can take 20 pounds off her, or add ten if you choose the wrong angle. The general rule is that extreme angles lead to extreme anatomy. If you photograph a girl from above, her body will most likely look cartoonishly small.
All this may not be a problem if it fits the shoot topic or your artistic aims, or you have some other reason to want these effects. If you want a natural portrait, then you should neither be lying on the ground nor climbing a stepladder. Your choice of lens ties in to angles.
I definitely would recommend 50 mm or 85 mm fixed lenses, but naturally there are other options too. Try to stay outside her personal space. But back to angles—here are two pictures illustrating how much an angle can change how a model looks:. Your model should still be recognizable after your edits. But at the same time, you should remove the biggest problems.
You need to balance things to a place where she still has her facial features, contours, and humanity. The rule I try to promote is to leave the model with what is really hers.
Acne is a passing skin problem; eczemas and rashes are the same. Circles under the eyes come from fatigue, not nature. Another thing it pays to focus on is damaged makeup. Visible mascara crumbs, imperfect lines on her eyelids, lipstick on her teeth. But I would still recommend just desaturating a bit rather than whitening. The same goes for the whites of her eyes. But definitely not all of them.
And as for smoothing her face—or any other part of her body—that can be harmful. Keep her skin texture; just remove any pimples. So—leave the model with what is her and hers. Wrinkles, the shape of her nose which you also will have photographed from a good anglethe size and shape of her face, her skin texture, etc.
And remove any passing problems. Acne, pimples, eczemas, scratches, bruises. You have to be professional as a photographer. Your model is a person, they have feelings, and they have to feel good and safe. They have to feel beautiful and appreciated. Leave her space and intimacy.
Ask her questions and respect what she tells you.
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