1st photoshoot...HELP

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  1. Funky

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    hey everyone, for my whole photography career ive done nature and landscape photography. yesterday i was hired to do a photoshoot for a male model....im scared and need any! and all tips. im sure its differnt from shooting a jellyfish in a dive tank or a bald eagle in a tree...i fear im screwed. so anything would be amazing. thanks sooo much for any feed back and tips.

    zac :hug::
     
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    Well if you are used to shooting outdoors, then take your model outdoors and shoot him there.

    What equipment do you have to work with? What type of shots are you expected to create?
     
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    Here are some technical tips:

    1) No arms by the sides
    2) Avoid the entire body turned toward the camera
    3) Pay very, very close attention to the way light falls, more specifically to shadow formation. Fill flash if you have to.

    Some general tips:
    1) Start by throwing on a wide-angle lens and get up close and personal. This immediately establishes a working relationship with whoever you're shooting. Keeping the composition tight will help steer you away from cliche poses or otherwise cheesy looking shots.
    2) Keep a conversation going.
    3) Shoot at a consistent pace, and don't pause for too long unless you're switching locations. Long breaks in shooting tells your subject that you're either unprepared or have lost interest in shooting them.
     
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    im about to go and start it, thanks for the reply! i think im semi prepared.
     
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    You might want to read this first and get back to me with any questions you might have...

    Been doing this for over 20 years so, I can guide you a bit, if you like. Ii is not the gear you own..It is how you express yourself with it. It is "Just" a tool.

    Benjamin Kanarek
    http://www.180mag.ca/0704/kanarek/kanarek.html
     
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    Also, talk with your client while taking pictures. Make him laugh. Take lots of pictures, cause the best pictures will be those when the client didn't know he was pictured.
     
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    Now that is soooooo True...I can't tell you how many times the "Keeper" was the one when the model forgot she was being photographed...
     
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    When you get back, tell us how it went! I wanna see pictures
     
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    wew! that was well great, for my first time, the sky was blown out because it was extreamly overcast so we shot for about an hour so were going out again later towards sunset to shoot again. he really wanted to wear sunglasses for the shoot so i let him...not the best idea in the world, ill upload them and post them in this thread in a minute. if you wouldnt mind ben, it would be soooo amazing if we could have a conversation or something since you have been doing this for 20 years.
     
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    heres 3, tell me what i can improve on when i go out in a few hours. be harsh :D


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    Here's harsh.

    Why the hell is the background in focus? You aren't shooting the trees behind your subject. Open up your lens.

    That gray shirt is not helping anyone.

    His feet should never be closer to the camera than his face. You aren't doing product shots for Airwalk.

    The lighting is way too flat.

    And Benjikan thinks he's Barry Lategan.
     
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    well thats not as bad as i was expecting lol. its hard to get the background infocus with the lens im using. your right the gray shirt sucks. didnt even think about the feet thing. and were shooting later because the lighting was way to bland. thanks for the input. anyone else have something to say?
     

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