Shooting with New Models

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  1. benjikan

    benjikan TPF Noob!

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    Shooting with New Models

    I often find it more refreshing to shoot with new models than those with a lot of experience. They are often more open to suggestions and can often give you non-poses that are so totally off the wall and cool, even if that was not their intent. New models heavily rely on your input or lack of it. When I say lack of it I mean, telling them to do what ever they feel is appropriate and attempting to capture them in the non-pose before they are about to attempt to strike a pose.

    This non-technique is something I love to employ when things re going a bit stale. I will look away from the model for a second or down at my camera so that the model thinks I am not ready to shoot. It is at that moment that I often get my best shots. They are honest and in my opinion capture the true essence of the moment.

    One technique I employ on occasion is I have the model concentrate on a point of their body by saying, "pinch your forefinger and thumb together and put it behind your back or apply weight to your big toe of your right foot without making it too obvious. That exercise often renders some very captivation facial expressions.

    My philosophy of late has been "Less is More" and thus, I generally give the models Carte Blanche to Fly. Of course if they are totally ridged, that is where I attempt to guide them, not by strict posses, but buy attempting to invoke an emotion in them that can hopefully be realized.

    Always give a briefing before the shoot and let things go where they may, as long as they fulfill the objective of your project.

    Benjamin Kanarek Blog ยป Shooting with New Models
     
  2. Village Idiot

    Village Idiot No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Except when they're stiff and it feels like you're holding their hand all the way through the shoot because the one look they're giving you is what they think a model should look like and the "non poses" look like they're trying to become a human pretzel.
     
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    :D Every model always has that one look like they're trying to remember their 2nd birthday. They always look confused and disoriented.
     

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