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How to Pose Glamour Photography Models

No director of glamour photography models need be given a list of reasons why a head is invaluable in a picture. Some directors do, however, welcome ideas on how to bring the model’s best face forward – whether it is one of beauty, character and/or expression.

Before we come to our views of the subject, however, we would like to acknowledge the presence of the controversy existing over the candid versus the controlled pose. Some directors contend they never direct their subject. ‘To place a head or a mouth in a pre-determined position,’ they say, ‘would destroy all of the spontaneity and naturalness of the picture.’

Others, just as vehemently, contend that ‘In a business that calls for consistent results, lucky mood and coincidence are not enough. They are not reliable and cannot be depended upon.’

We feel that when both director and model have a working knowledge of technique, each individual job will determine whether the pose requires controlled, candid or controlled-candid treatment.

Experienced directors practice many ways of getting a glamour photography model to act and react realistically before the camera. Each has developed ways of controlling a model without having literally to push her into position. Adroit use of words, exemplary action, strategic suggestion and psychological motivation all bring forth expression that is dependable as well as spontaneous. At the same time most directors have found in actual practice, that with intelligent direction from behind the camera, any capable model can accept correction and rearrange parts naturally without showing strain and losing spontaneity!

In photography we lean heavily upon the model’s capabilities, yes, and in many instances even upon her ability to inspire us by doing something her way from which we can select or perfect a pose.

So, part of a director’s success lies in his ability to keep a model suggesting ideas within the scope of the camera’s ability to record them.

Many models feel they have exhausted the possibilities for different head positions when they have turned their head slowly from the left of the camera to the right of the camera! This can be most exasperating to a director (especially if you believe that you get the fullest creative contribution from a model by allowing her to move freely instead of placing her). Try a suggestion that will take her into several other positions from which you might select a pose.

You might ask her to repeat the horizontal turn – this time with her chin up a little higher. This gives you at least six additional positions to choose from. Then ask her to lower her chin and repeat the horizontal turn – six more positions! By repeating each of these eighteen positions with her head tilted right and then with her head tilted left, you’ve added another thirty-six possibilities without yet putting her in any exact position.

If your model has trouble with the tilt, which is the most difficult direction to understand, you might try this. Hold a pencil vertically in front of your model’s face. Let the tip of her nose touch the pencil and divide it equally lengthwise. Ask her to put her chin on one side of the pencil and her forehead on the other as you repeat the word tilt.

With encouragement, let her try a few combined movements such as, ‘Turn your head slightly to the right… that’s good … now tilt the top of your head right (or tilt your chin left).’ If she loses her conception of tilt, hold the pencil before her again and she will usually remember it for the remainder of the sitting.

Work with your glamour photography model to give her confidence, and you will surely get some great pictures.

Tips For Great Flower Photographs

I have a soft spot for flowers. Some of the most amazing prints I have ever seen were enlargements of flowers – simple, yet very captivating, with color, shape, symmetry and patterns.

It is not difficult to take great flower photos. And in the summer and fall seasons, there are many kinds of flowers to photograph. Photos of flowers make great wall prints, note cards and screen savers. Here is a dozen tips for taking great flower photos. The nice thing about them is that you don’t need a model release!

TIP 1 – Macro Mode. You’ll need to get up close, so choose a camera/lens that can focus close to the lens. You can get close-up lens attachments for some lenses. Many point-and shoot digital cameras have a “flowers” setting which is designed to get up close and focus well. When choosing a lens, note the minimum focusing distance (MFD) to see how close you can shoot and still get crisp focus.

TIP 2 – The Right Light. You will need to have enough good light to capture the flower, especially if you need to use a higher F-stop (see below). Often the on-camera flash won’t project well for flowers, as it’s designed to shoot out farther. Also, direct noonday sun is often too harsh, so you may want to diffuse it with some white cloth. You can always hook up some continuous or flash lighting if you would like.

TIP 3 – Low ISO. This means that you want the highest quality setting on your camera, or with film, the lowest ISO, finest-grain film. This also means more light requirements than higher ISO.

TIP 4 – Stable Camera. You’ll want to have perfectly sharp images, and you don’t want camera shake to ruin them. I use a monopod for 90% of my outdoor shots. It doesn’t completely stabilize the camera, but it is great for shots down to about 1/60 second. A tripod is even better, and the best is a tripod with a camera release cord or remote.

TIP 5 – Water Droplets. Water drops on the petals are a great addition, as they pick up and reflect light and other images. I sometimes take a small spray bottle to create droplets on petals. Just be careful that you and your camera are not reflected in each droplet.

TIP 6 – Choose the Background. Usually the background will be blurred out from the rest of the image, as the macro nature of the shot narrows the depth of focus. But that doesn’t mean you can ignore it. Before you take the shot, look at what falls behind the image and either move your perspective, or insert something behind your flower as a new background. Sometimes a piece of black cloth or felt is a good neutral background.

TIP 7 – Bugs! If you can get bees or butterflies on the flowers, it adds a dimension of motion and life to the flower.

TIP 8 – Avoid Wind. If you are outdoors, even the slightest breeze can move your flower to the point of causing blur on your exposure. You may want to hold the flower steady somehow, or wait until the wind has died. Or you can try to block the wind with an object or body.

TIP 9 – Depth of Focus. With flowers in macro mode, you may have to open up the f-stop to F/11 or higher to allow the entire flower to be in focus. If you keep the f-stop open, only part of the flower may be sharp. Also note that if the camera plane is not parallel to the top of the flower, you may have areas out of focus.

TIP 10 – Composition. Are you after a flat-on, centered shot? Or a group of flowers with one in sharp focus? Often moving just a couple of inches down in that flowerbed will dramatically change the resulting images.

TIP 11 – Shutter Speed. You want low ISO, moderately high f-stop and very still images. Usually that means a slower shutter to let in more light, and you managing the movement of the camera and flowers. With point and shoot, the camera tries to do this for you. With an SLR, I might suggest to start by setting ISO manually to 100, the F-stop to f/8 to f/11, and use Aperature Priority and Exposure Compensation to choose the best shutter and exposure.

TIP 12 – Editing. I’ll often boost the contrast and saturation. You can use the levels or contrast tools to make darks darker and lights lighter. Often punching the sharpness will also add some zing to the image. Many editors have “unsharp mask” tools for this. Experiment with various black and white conversions and edits to make that flower image really stand out!

So, to summarize: High sensitivity, no motion, good depth and composition, and good editing. You’ll end up with wonderful flower images.

Tips On Finding Baby Modeling Agencies That Benefit Your Little One

Cute little babies make the best models for kid’s products or parenting concepts. Most of the babies are fit to endorse any baby products since there is no specific baby who can model because the standards for baby products need any baby. If you are sure that your baby can make a good model, then you should endorse him or her in a baby-modeling agency. The modeling industry is full of open opportunities for babies to enjoy and the returns are very lucrative. However, you can fall victim to fraud easily, since there are so many con artists out there targeting mothers who have ambitions for their babies. You should be aware of how to find a good baby-modeling agency for your child.

The first tip to remember when choosing top toddler-modeling agencies is that they do not advertise vigorously. Do not go for the ones who make a lot of noise with promises to make your child a star. Look for reputable ones that have had expertise in the industry for a long time. Advertisers are aware that these agencies exist and they work closely with them so they do not need to do a lot of advertizing to catch your attention. You can make your work easy by approaching reputable advertisers and enquiring from them about the agencies that they contact when they need baby models, and you will be directed to legitimate and reputable ones.

Good and reputable agencies do not charge you for every small detail including registration, photography, modeling classes and other hidden charges. They only ask for the commission if your child is cast in a gig. Do not agree to pay any upfront fees even if they sound reasonable. Con artists will charge you for everything and they will not cast your baby anywhere so beware of such fraud.

You do not need to take professional photos for toddler-modeling agencies. This is because babies grow fast and by the time they get a gig for your little one, he or she might be looking different. If an agency tells you to pay for professional photos then you should beware of fraud. If you meet with these kinds of recruiters on the street or in the mall and they ask to have your baby photos, flee from them. Reputable recruiters for reputable agencies have professional recruiting that is not done like that.

Internet-based agencies pose the biggest risk of being scammed. Do not deal with an online-based agency unless you are sure and you have facts about their reputation. The web has all sorts of criminals who hide their identities and sell the one that they want you to buy. Remember the safety of your child comes first, no matter how good the package sounds.

Tips on How to Model

We always see advertisements and commercial ads almost everywhere – on television, magazines, billboards, newspapers and even online. Sometimes, we dream of picturing ourselves as a model superstar or a famous commercial model. Imagine all the perks you can get – big compensation, loads of freebies, an opportunity to travel, go to elite events and have the power to influence people. All these you can have when you become a successful model enjoying and loving the modeling industry. It is truly a big dream for most of us especially for girls who are dying to look perfect to get a chance in life to have a modeling career.

This dream is possible enough to reach if you have high self-esteem, well driven motivation and discipline. The modeling career is a highly competitive field. To help you prepare and be equipped to the exciting world of modeling, here are some advices and tips for you on how to become a model.

Choose an appropriate model category suitable for your body type and personality. The model industry has a wide range of opportunity for aspiring models. It could range from doing runway modeling, commercial, television, show room, and even body part modeling. Select the most suitable type of modeling you wish to pursue based on your assets and strengths. This will help you get an edge in the competitive area.

Research about modeling and what is it all about. Having a good contextual foundation about modeling can be useful. Try to research on the latest fashion trends, great fashion designers and their line of products. Having a good background and knowledge on what fashion and modeling is about will make you feel more confident in your chosen career.

Make intensive research on the talent scouts and agencies you wish to work for. Have background checks as well as portfolios, achievements and events they have catered and showcased. Be street wise and do not tend to spend a lot time and money on phony scouts and agencies with flattering speeches. Choose a well known agency that can make your modeling career fly. If you have time to spare, you yourself can audition on your own.

Be confident at all times but not over do it. Humility and having a down to earth personality can lead you to great places and have pleasant career. Do not be afraid on all the VTRs and interview that you will undergo. Face all challenges with confidence and open heartedly. Learn from all these experiences to make you a better and stronger model.

Create a portfolio with a variety of your pictures on it. Ask friends who has a background on basic or advanced photography to capture pictures of you in different angles and styles. Photo shoots can be a good way to practice projecting yourself in the camera. Try and play with your own creativeness and personality. In this way, you can know and build your strengths and develop those. A creative portfolio will serve as your curriculum vitae and tool of success in your modeling gigs.

Modeling is a career of both passion and dedication. It is a widely choice of career for some aspiring model to have a glamorous and fantastic job. Though it is perceived to be only a dream for some, being passionate and having a positive outlook in life will help you reach your own goals and dreams.