ViewFinder Photography Forum

General discussion - our photography living room. Talk about aesthetics, philosophy, share your photos - get inspired by your peers! Moderated by another view and walterick.
ViewFinder Forum Guidelines >>
Introduce Yourself! >> Gatherings and Photo Field Trips >>
Results 1 to 3 of 3
  1. #1
    Member benjikan's Avatar
    Join Date
    Dec 2004
    Canadian in France

    Shooting Débutante Models…A Few More Little Tips

    Shooting Débutante Models…A Few More Little Tips

    If things are getting a bit stale when shooting a débutante model, what I often do is frame the image move my eye from the camera and say to the model that ” I want you to take a deep breath and break for a second…” It is often at that moment I take the shot and more often than not it’s a keeper. Another couple of techniques I employ is the close your eyes technique. I ask the model to close her eyes. I then either wait for her to freak out and open them, as they don’t know what is going on or I ask them to “OPEN!” at that moment the expression is usually out of the ordinary and their facial expression’s are really pretty amazing. As a result of this you get some really pretty dilated pupils.

    Also try the “concentrate on squeezing your forefinger and thumb together and only think of that pressure or apply pressure to the right or left ball of your foot… or concentrate on a specific point on the wall and then scan the wall to the left or right. Watch what happens. The models expression has less to do with her concentration on her pose than “why is he having me do this or this is strange etc…” and what you get is often really interesting.

    I will sometimes ask them to drop something and pick it up or throw something up in to the air. It can be an imaginary object or the real thing. I will also ask them to go through the bag they are holding and look for the object that I have placed in it. In the the look for my comb in my bag sequence, I will tell them not to look in the bag, just feel for it while looking in my general direction. Some of the stuff you get can be really interesting.

    Using a fan often gets some interesting results, that is if the hair stylist is OK with that. Another little trick I sometimes employ is the placement of a mirror just to the right or left of me and facing the model so that she can see herself. The model is more apt to experiment when she can get some positive visual feedback. I have gotten some pretty good images using this technique as well.

    Good Luck and be Patient.
    Attached Thumbnails Attached Thumbnails -111174481.opv3tbd1.jpg  

  2. #2
    Junior Member
    Join Date
    Jul 2009
    Seymour, CT, USA

    Re: Shooting Débutante Models…A Few More Little Tips

    Wow, I love your ideas! What creative ways you've come up with to put their minds in other places. Thank you for sharing your techniques.

  3. #3
    Be serious Franglais's Avatar
    Join Date
    Feb 2004
    Paris, France

    Re: Shooting Débutante Models…A Few More Little Tips

    That's really interesting. I use to shoot mostly beginners - my friends basically - but then I realised that none of them wanted to be on Internet. It's so easy now to publish (in a small way).

    I find the mirror thing works really well. The model is reassured by what she sees (especially the effect of the lighting) and can make adjustments. I just have to make sure she's looking at the camera and not at the mirror when I do the shot.

    Nikon D800, D7200, Sony RX100m3
    Not buying any more gear this year. I hope

Thread Information

Users Browsing this Thread

There are currently 1 users browsing this thread. (0 members and 1 guests)

Posting Permissions

  • You may not post new threads
  • You may not post replies
  • You may not post attachments
  • You may not edit your posts