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What are your tips for guiding an inexperienced model?

I find myself in this kind of situation a lot. I'll be photographing someone who doesn't have a whole lot of modeling experience, but they want me to take photos of them (ie, a friend while on ...
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When doing portraits, how to get serious insightful expressions?

Professional models know how to produce such expression at photographer command, normal people don't. Still good photographer are able to get it from famous actors/politicians/sportsmen. I've been ...
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How can I get people to take an expression which fits the scene?

I have heard that there are specific indirect questions that can be used to get people to be more natural in front of a camera. Many people, who have many expressions to offer, when put in front of a ...
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Make-up Advice for Photo-Shoot Models

I don't normally do studio work, but I am about to do a photo-shoot in front of a green-screen for an amateur stop-motion video. We don't have the budget for a professional make-up artist. This isn't ...
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Figure photography - where to share photos?

Our photography group recently held a figure photography session, with a nude model. We want to share our photos, but don't want to fall foul of strict site rules regarding nudity. Normally I'd use ...
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What does Time for Print (TFP) mean?

I've seen the cut and dried version of what Time for Print (also called 'Trade for Print' by many) means on Wikipedia I was wondering what it is and what it means for the photographer and model alike. ...
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How to find models for portraiture?

So far, portraiture has not been my main area of interest, but I do find many portraits fascinating and would like to develop myself further. Across time, I've gathered various theoretical knowledge ...
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How much pay to a model in a session of photos for stock?

I want make a photo project to send to a stock photography agency, but I don't know what I should pay to a model for signing the model release. Pay by photo, by hour, or in some other way?
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Steps towards becoming an amazing creative model photographer?

How do I become this guy someday - http://vonwong.com/ ? Specifically, I'd like to one day be able to make photos that exude creativity using a full set of studio equipment, special effects and ...
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How do I guide my model in a portrait session?

How would you guide an inexperienced portrait photographer to guide inexperienced models? Not friends, but strangers you're shooting under time pressure (they're not getting paid and neither are ...
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Is there a correct way to communicate with photography subjects e.g. models?

It may seem like this question has an obvious answer, but it’s something I do find quite difficult - I am very out spoken and confident but sometimes struggle with the following. Should I just tell ...
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What are the best posing props and furniture for a new/hobbyist photographer?

I'm going to be doing some studio-style portrait shots soon. What objects (props, furniture, etc) should I be looking to get to assist in posing? I'm looking for things that are: Useful: they'll ...
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How to manage model information?

I am hobby photographer shooting people. Most of my communication with models is done by email but I found impossible for me to effectively manage my models. I need to somehow keep track of: What ...
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Considerations for hiring a make-up artist / MUA?

I've agreed to do some reciprocal/time for print work with an aspiring model and she's asked about getting in an MUA. I'm happy to do it but I've not brought in an MUA before so I don't really know ...
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What are the best books on posing?

I'm interested in reading some good, informative books on posing and interacting with people for photography. Which are the best ones?
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What to do with ugly/hardminded models?

I am a hobby photographer and get asked often to take shots of people.. Most of the times it works just fine but there are two categories of people that drive me nuts and I have no clue about what ...
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Head on character reference photo is slightly turned, how can I straighten it?

I'm using images from 3d.sk for character modeling and the one I'm using has his head turned slightly to the side. I tried lens correction but didn't really know what I was doing. Is there a way I can ...
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Best Canon lens for 60D for close up photos and videos

I'm thinking of buying a Canon 60D for both photos and videos. I'm not a professional photographer, so I know little about lenses. I'll use the camera for two main purposes: modeling and recording ...