How to take model photo’s

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How 2 take model photo’s

This is a very broad topic and there can be thousands of ways. I will try my best to concentrate on the basics and the important stuff in this Article.

First of all you need the right equipment. You can’t expect to take awesome photo’s with a point and shoot camera. You will need something like A DSLR camera. I would suggest Canon or Nikon and then maybe Pentax and other brands.

You need to know your basic camera functions as this article will not concentrate so much on explaining terms. A good idea for a beginner is to practice on your pets, making sure that you get nice sharp and in focus and correctly exposed photo’s of them. When your photo’s blur then you must know that you are using a shutter speed that is not fast enough. So you have to increase your shutter speed from 1/40 for example to 1/80 and see if there is a difference.

When you use image stabilized lenses and ”fast lenses” aperture of 1.4 – 3.2 you also reduce the changes of blurred photo’s.

Other things you can do is increase your camera’s iso from say 100 to 200 or 400. If you go to high you might get noise, so be careful here. Another way is to make your aperture number smaller say from F 8 to F 3.2 so that you allow more light into the camera’s ccd. See why you have to know your camera.

Lastly you can introduce some flash – either fill flash or bounce the light from a white ceiling when you have an external flash that can adjust.  Okay enough of that lets go on…

After you have mastered all of the above, get a friend maybe a good looking friend to pose for you for some more practice. Let him/her stand in different ways, lie down, sit, be on a couch, be outside, next to a tree, lying flat on the grass, doing common model poses and afterwards check all your photo’s. See what you did wrong, for example blurred photo’s ,out of focus photo’s , cutting the head off, cutting the photo at the knees etc. Remember not to put a photo dead centre in the middle.

Study the rule of thirds, take close up’s, leave a little head space above your photo’s, always focus your camera on the eyes. Don’t rush – give your camera time to focus. By just letting your model change an arm or leg you can already have your next pose. Look for a model posing guide article coming soon to this website…

Apart from all of this, look at model photo’s on the internet, in magazines, study them carefully, look at the background, the pose, the clothing, the make-up all of these things can teach you how it’s done.

Of course the next step is Photoshop, learn it – you can do wonders with that. Now after all of this you can get a professional or semi professional model and tell them that you are a new photographer busy learning and you want to take photo’s with them for your portfolio and will give them all the photo’s you will get someone that agrees. They will guide you as well and will do most of the poses on their own.

Sent your photo’s to other photographers for criticism , there you will learn a lot. The last thing when you are doing a shoot, look for some nice locations, maybe a old broken down house, a railroad, a nice garden, a waterfall etc. Make sure that when you meet the model you tell a joke or two and make them laugh and feel comfortable around you. Never flirt with a model and never touch them in inappropriate ways. You will lose your name before you made one.

When you need to touch a model to adjust an arm ask permission first. And another tip when you are outside get someone to work a reflector for you. It makes the photo’s look so much better.

Change settings until you see that your photo is correctly exposed (not too dark or too light) not blurred etc. When your photo is too dark, decrease your shutter, increase your iso or open up your aperture F 8 – F 3.2 for example. When your photo is too light increase your shutter speed, decrease your iso or Change your aperture from say F3.2 to F8

If you battle with anything specific sent as an email in the contact us section and we will assist you

Author: Johan Bosman

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