Not Your Everyday Banana

by Bart Arondson

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First question: Use Photoshop. You can retouch ('beautify') them by using various tools - there are plenty of tutorials on the net for this. But be sure to not show the unprocessed photos. Also you can use artistic filters to give a vintage, art mood. ...Or, see here. Use Light & shadow. Use an artistic/mood light. Play with shadows. A ...


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Know your subject and chat to him about matters that he can relate to. Then ask relevant questions that he needs to consider before answering. You need to show genuine interest in his domain so that he will make a considered effort to reply thoughtfully.


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photo.net allows them in public galleries. There are a lot of good pros there that show excellent work in all categories, including nudes. There paying and free memberships. The free membership limits the gallery size and number of uploads.


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Flickr allows nudes as long as you change the image's "safety level" so kiddos and people at work don't get them popping up on a search; you're perfectly within the ToS. You can also make groups and galleries private if you'd rather limit who can see the photos and/or comment on them...


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In my experience it's much harder in a more formal studio environment, I've found it much easier in more natural settings. However, in both cases, engaging in a thoughtful conversation may trigger the expressions you're looking for more naturally because, in general, I find that asking people to "look thoughtful" results in a very exaggerated look just as ...


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Model Mayhem is used well known website to find models. You can find not-so-well established models who will model for free in exchange for head shots. It is a good way to start out. Another option would be to join a local portraiture meetup group in your area. They normally share the cost of the studio and the model when doing a shoot.


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One trick I picked up from Zack Arias is to get the person to "move in" to the expression; you time your snap right to get the expression at the right moment. For instance, he'll have the model close her eyes, and then have her open them. Between the time she's in the resting state of eyes-closed and the posed-looking state when she's conscious of the ...


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It sounds like you haven't worked much with models. If not, it'll be an interesting journey. It's convenient to make a broad categorization of models into two groups: 1) Professional models, represented by an agency; and 2) People who model but are unrepresented, part-time, etc. If you want to be reasonably sure your model will be on location when he or she ...


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Your best bet is to get them talking about anything other than the photo shoot... work, vacation, kids etc. This gets them more relaxed and they tend to forget, or at least aren't 100% focused on the fact that they are in the uncomfortable situation of being in front of a camera. There are great books on how to pose people to hide flaws... sounds like you ...


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You're allowed to host them on SmugMug as long as it's a non-public gallery (Note: I am affiliated w/said site :))


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A big part of it, in both cases, is about portfolio building and exposure. The Photographer Becoming established in the industry, especially when it comes to fashion or similar types of photography is challenging. Photographers without a strong collection of images will struggle to get gigs or get gigs that pay at all decently. So, for them, establishing ...


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With models that aren't professionals it's crucial to build up a rapport otherwise they tend to be too affected by the camera to get any kind of natural expression. I always find laughter the best way to do this if you can make the model laugh it goes a long way to breaking the ice and relaxing them. True emotions can only be seen when the model is ...


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I don't have any experience of this, but I do have experience of amateur theatre. Stage lighting is much less bright than photographic lighting, but even it tends to make people look washed out. It's almost universal that a stage actor will need to apply makeup - even the men! Theatre audiences are much further away from the actors than the camera will be ...


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Top posing suggestions: Rotate shoulders - no football shoulders (straight on to the camera) Head tilt - women tilt towards higher shoulder (S curve), men towards lower shoulder (C curve). If it bends, bend it. Elbows, torso, neck. Ramrod straight is not interesting to look at. Tell them "feels weird, looks good" for something that might be ...


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In addition to SmugMug being a great host they also are involved with DGrin which has a Go Figure Forum that is a good place to get comments that are constructive. You also can try SmugMug for a 14 day trial if you want.


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A few quick tips Keep encouraging the model Make lots of eye contact Smile. Lots. (If you want to get smiles back) As you are working, show the model some of the images on the back of your camera so he/she knows what the output looks like Make the expression you want to see on the model's face Think what emotion / situation / person / etc. would cause the ...


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I think you're referring to a candid expression. Some normal subjects (not models) are good at posing, or taking direction, and some are not. I think it's always a good thing to build a quick rapport with any subject you shoot, whether they're a trained model who can pull a look at will or someone who is just a regular Joe. If you want a natural expression, ...


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Everyone's style is different but this is what I do (and other pros in my area do similarly): Always be respectful of the model. Never touch the model, but if you need to rearrange something that you can't get them to do then ask for permission to touch them first. Be careful of your wording. If a shot isn't working make sure that you don't make it sound ...


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I sometimes ask someone I would like to photograph or ask person whose pictures I took on some event to cooperate on planned photo-session. Most people are flattered by that offer and if they reject, they do it politely. Another great source are people following recommendations from my previous models or people that "like" my page on FB. I found catalogs ...


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It depends on the model. It might even be free if the model is fairly new and just wants her/his portfolio in exchange for her/his time. modelmayhem.com is a good place to start your search.


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As far as lenses, the 50mm f/1.8 or f/1.4 (depending on your budget) might be good choices for the portraits. I'm not sure if these will give you the focal length you need for your videos though. If you want to have more choice (and have an even bigger budget) then you may consider the 17-55 f/2.8. Regarding your intention to record long videos, you should ...


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If you want a very high quality gallery site, where artistic nudes are very appreciated, 1x.com is a great option. Warning: their standards are SUpER high!


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I would recommend watching this video over at fstoppers.com. Peter Hurley talks about shooting headshots and how he has a kind of routine in his head and usually goes through that to make people at ease or to give their best. Interesting look into workflow and the whole site is really great.


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What you are looking for is studio management software. They can do what you described, but also much much more. They help with things like invoicing, calendar scheduling, relationship tracking, referral tracking, billing, etc. The pieces that you outline only really fall under relationship tracking, so many of the full solutions might be overkill for you ...


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Taking a meaningful portrait is not easy, because some people are easier to shoot than others. Try to make everything as natural as you can, specially for people not confortable with the camera, which means following labnut's advice to engage a conversation to break the ice, but also to pay attention to every detail in your location that could that could ...



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