In an earlier blog I gave some hints in where to find models. So when you have found them, you need to prepare them for the photoshoot. Here are some practical tips to help. First of all, the best time to schedule a photoshoot is usually the morning. That's the time when most of us look our best. In the evening the eyes start to look a bit tired and postures starts to get a bit hunched. Make sure you have your clothes and props ready. Your model might come with everything you need, but if you... continue reading
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Some of most successful stock photographers shoot exclusively with models. Photos with people tend to sell well, so if you haven't ventured into portraiture yet, maybe it's time you give it a try. But how and where can you find the models? Here's a few tips you can try. 1. Do it yourselfA lot of photographers found their first model from the bathroom mirror. While posing for yourself can be a little tricky and requires usually some trial-and-error, it can be made easier with some accessories... continue reading
Raise your hands if you dread about posing your Models to get great, natural-looking portraits. Not long ago, I would be the first to shoot my hand in air and run away to capture flowers and landscapes instead. As an Introvert, I developed a set of specific methods to overcome my shortcomings in working with Models and make the photo shoots enjoyable and productive. Five years ago, I arranged my first TFP (Time For Print - exchange digital photos for model's time) photo shoot with a... continue reading
Look through any micro-stock web-site and it's pretty obvious that buyers do like images with people in them. Sites are full of attractive, smiling or laughing models, beautifully dressed and full of confidence, staring straight at the camera.However is this what buyers really want? I don't think so, at least not always. From time to time we read that buyers actually don't want models that look like models. Rather they are looking for more natural images of real people engrossed in... continue reading
As a microstocker when I think about models, before looking for a model I have to decide what I'm planning to shoot with my model. Fashion & glamour? Close-ups & body parts? Social concepts? Business concepts? If you plan your shooting that will make it easier to decide what model & from where!If you have a long list of different planned shooting you can try to choose models that comply with these different ideas & concepts! It's an easy mission but possible!Usually glamour... continue reading
Hello, everybody! The majority of my editorial stock photos are about the people that I have found interesting for some reason. I'm specialised in candid photography, which means that I photograph people when they don't know that I'm doing it. I always portray them in public places where photography is allowed. However, sometimes I think that I would portray somebody at his/her best only if he/she knows that I'm photographing him/her.In this case, my main rules are three:1)... continue reading
Whether your photo shoot is planned or unplanned, here's how to make the most of shooting models outside:Make sure your models do not have any logos or trademarked designs on their clothing. If the clothes themselves are part of your concept be prepared to edit out the designs and logos in post production, or settle for an editorial license.Also make sure to have your models sign a model release. If your shoot is unplanned you can find editable PDF release forms here:https://www.dreamstime.... continue reading
With the popularity of Internet, there is no doubt that finding model is a lot easier now compare to how it was decades ago. You can find them in social media, modeling agencies, and modeling websites.You can also find them through socializing. Always bring business card with you. I find that dance club is a good place to find newbie models. They don't even care of the compensation, they are just thrilled to know that somebody is willing to take pictures of them for free! If you have budget,... continue reading
As a photographer of female bodybuilders, figure & fitness athletes spanning about 40 years at competitions and exhibitions, I have had access to many of the athletes and was able to arrange for subsequent private photo sessions. The model shoots were for designed magazine features, photo exhibits, calendars, and portfolios. I've found it is essential to relax your model through humor (self-deprecating jokes are much appreciated), tone, and sensitivity, explaining clearly that the... continue reading
The Internet changes everything. Just as there was explosion in the demand for high quality Stock Photography when more and more content was distributed online, today’s consumer is looking more and more towards video content. This is evident no matter where you look; corporate websites, media outlets, even social media feeds are filled with video.Which means there is a growing demand for high quality Stock Footage. Which naturally means more of us are looking to translate our still image skills... continue reading
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