Tips and Tricks
Looking to improve yourself? Then you've come to the right place! Here you'll find tips and tricks to anything concerning photography - no matter if you're a model or photographer. Feel free to add more tips and tricks to the list by contacting me.
Posing and directing models
From a photographer's point of view
- Tell the model to express certain feelings and emotions in order to create the mood you're going for. Use comparison to give the model an idea of how you want the shot to be. Ideally, show the model your source of inspiration!
- Talk to the model while you're shooting and tell him or her what you're doing. If you don't tell the model that you're - for example - adjusting your settings, he or she will think that it's them who aren't posing quite right. This will show in your photos, so avoid that by communicating.
- In order to put the model at ease, bring some music with you! Firstly, this will guarantee some great candid shots and, furthermore, the situation is much more relaxed. Plus, if you're going for a certain mood in your photos you can choose the music accordingly! This is also great for people who aren't used to modelling.
- Avoid lines that distract from the subject or that "cut" the model in some way. Also, try to pay attention to the nose of the model, so that it's not "cut" by the framing of the face (When you shoot "diagonally" facing the model somewhere between the front and the side)
From a model's point of view
- Enhance your jawline by turning your head, looking up or to the side. When turning your head, lift your jawline up a little, as if you were leaning against something with your head. This will draw even more attention to your jawline and make you look more defined and masculine. Furthermore, you can also open your mouth or put your chin forward to create this effect.
- Try looking back at the camera with your body facing away from it. (However, be careful about the wrinkles that creates on your neck)
- Do something with your hands! Put them behind your neck, in your pockets, in your hair or just find something to "adjust".
- Try different postures. Lean against a wall. Sit. Stand. Or lean forward. Create sharp angles with your body or wide angles. Leaning forward will draw more attention to your head and torso and create smaller hips and legs.
- Follow the direction of your nose with your eyes to avoid showing too much of the whites in your eyes. Or look directly at the camera.
- Incorporate motion! Try moving your hair or walk. Try to change your poses up a little after you hear the shutter. However, do so very gently and subtle, so that the photographer will get the shot.
- What I really like to do is to tell the model to reach for the camera. This will create a depth of field and dimension in the picture. It even enhances the mood you're going for and involves the viewer even more into the photograph.
Props to use in your photos
Here's a list of anything you can use to create a nice blurred or bokeh effect in your photos!