Photographing models

Hi DT family,

This goes out to you photographers interested in diving into the wonderful world of model photography. As you all may know, shooting with a people as the subject requires a lot more of you as photographer. There need to be more communication and interacting than what's needed while shooting, let's say, landscapes, Tabletop or macro. For this, you need to go one step further, and think about a lot of other important stuff besides using that new, cool camera of yours.

I wanted them to share with the rest of us, some techniques they often use while doing model photography. So, pour up something nice to drink, make sure you're comfortable and enjoy this article.

As a novice photographer I've learned a lot from my own mistakes. Since I am increasing my portfolio day by day I need to learn more and more from you guys. Here are some questioner I’ve in mind.




The questions

(1)What are the most important things to have in mind while preparing and performing a photo shot with a model ? Do you prepare before shooting or on the location?

(2)Pick a few from your own gallery and tell me why you did what you did, what equipment you used, and so on.

(3)As a less experienced photographer, it can be hard to find someone who'd like to act as a model for your photographs. What is the easiest way to find new models?

(4)What are the Do’s & Don’ts in model photography ?

- Prashant ZI

Photo credits: , Ziprashantzi.

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December 05, 2009


great article,there are some good advices!

December 02, 2009


(1) I was a wedding and family portrait photographer for many years. I always planned on where we would shoot and what they would wear (if it wasn't a wedding). My daughter was my assistant she kept an eye on the details such as were the clothes right, as in collar turned up or something like that. Don't shoot weddings or family portraits but now I make my family pose for me:-)

my daughter    Business Woman Boarding Train    and my son   Man Golfing    my husband:   Older Man Watering/Gardner      Swimming Pool Cleaner   my grandchildren:   Young Girl with Crutches      Little boy playing on tractor   
my father and grandson:    Great Grandfather and Grandson on Tractor   my daughter-in-law    Woman Golfing   

And these are just some people I came across while out and about and just asked if they would let me take a photo of them and put it on a web site to sell
      Man Golfing      Active Seniors Walking on Mountain Trail      Couple Mountain Biking      Older couple sightseeing        Active Senior   
Out of all the people I have asked if I could photograph them only 1 said no, he was a minister and didn't think it would be good.
I have never paid any of them and they never asked (although my daughter-in-law wants her share of the sales so I tell her she can either have .21 or I'll buy her dinner :-) (she is just kidding), but what I have done is sent them copies of the photographs I took. Now with my family and friends I don't pay them but I do buy them things and take them places, etc.
Just this past weekend I was at the beach and saw this little boy sitting on a rock in the water with the waves comming up on him, I took a couple of pics and then gave his parents my business card and then asked if they would sign a MR, they said sure. only one turned out so we will see if it is accepted.

I'm not afraid to ask anyone, the worst they can say is NO.
Hope this helps.


December 02, 2009


When I have time I've met up with models from and have a few shoots under my belt now. I am not a person to learn from or give sage advice but I can tell you what I've learned so far.

But before I do that, I will say it helped to do a lot of shooting at family functions and gatherings. Your equipment has limits to what it can do and you learn how to work with what you have. You also make a lot of mistakes and you learn from those.

(1) With models, I found that it really helps to have your shots planned out. Even simple things such as poses or facial expressions, the model is looking for you to give direction. Most models don't go through a routine and you just shoot pictures. It's like dancing; the photographer always leads. But it's OK to ask the model what they think and if there is something they would like for their portfolio.

(2) Have an eye for detail. Is a shirt tucked in wrong? Is clothing sticking out wrong? Sometimes buttons come undone and you don't see it.

(3) You gotta have the right equipment. I recently did a concept shoot for a model and I learned I really need good studio lighting. I'm not going to spend $2000 to do that, but I now know there are certain shots that are beyond my equipment. It was still a fairly successful shoot, the model liked the image I created but I knew what it COULD have looked like.

For me, the toughest thing of all is not having access to models on a regular basis and not having a studio. I learn many things from each shoot but progress is slow since I can't do it often.

I've actually begun using myself as a model and that is a challenge in itself. It's difficult to frame/zoom a shot when you're not behind the camera. Just getting the camera to focus on an object (you) when you're not in the picture (yet) is very frustrating.

There. Two cents from a novice model shooter. From the images you posted it looks like you may h ave limitations since they are pretty much portraits. It would be great for us all to get warm bodies to pose in office and industrial settings.

December 02, 2009


1.subject matter . prepare before shooting.
2.use flash indoor and outdoor shot.

December 02, 2009


1. What you are trying to convey with your shot. its easy when you are shooting a thing / landscape, you can position it where you want it etc.. but people move, change expressions, chat, get hungry, thirsty, need a break etc.. so planning i think is key when shooting models.

2. [imgl]11726037[/imgl] - natural lighting, mt nikon D50 and lens, tripod and some good wellies so as not to get muddy in the forest!!

3. Currently all the 'models' in my portfolio are friends and family!

4. Don't use pics without the models signed permission.

Good luck! - rebecca

December 01, 2009


Here I posted the new blog Ziprashantzi hope you like it! ;)

December 01, 2009


Well I should say I am like Altaf about this! But I shot modeling photos!
Oh don't ask me where are they :)
I'm gonna answer some of your questions on my next blog ;)
Nice work! Cheers ;)

December 01, 2009


I'm worst, I never did photographs with models, so even i'm watching this blog

December 01, 2009


Interesting blog with some good questions. As a person not really used to doing photo shoots with people (only my son and weddings) I will keep an eye on this blog for some of the answers from more recognised model /portrait studio photographers.

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