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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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Both really come down to the same problem, your lack of experience. Yes, both of the situations you described are harder to work with, but there are natural poses and angles that will accentuate the good aspects while minimizing the bad for just about anyone that doesn't have a horribly deformed face. Focus on any areas of symmetry and trying to get the ...


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Apart from what has been previously mentioned, preferably there has to be some form of magic going on. No matter how skilled, if we don´t like the person in question it gets very difficult to work together. Make sure you speak the same language when it comes to the artform, yet at the same time don´t be afraid to venture into a new realm.


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Where I might find MUA's (is ModelMayhem any good for example?) I never used Model Mayhem much, so can't comment on that, but a couple of other good resources are: Net Model Purestorm Both of which are good resources (from the point of view of a UK photographer). Good questions to ask a potential MUA What experience do you have? Can I see ...


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What you need is CRM (customer relationship management) tool. If you'll make it yourself, you can go simply for some spreadsheet solution (Excel or Calc, as written above), as this will not take much time to design it (just name columns money, email, age, etc and fill it), but if you want more, customizing forms in Excel later is not so straightforward as ...


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Is it an actual 3D model or a screenshot from a 3D model? If it's the former then you can rotate either the model or orbit the camera to straighten the image. If it's the latter then there's nothing straightforward you can do as the information you need isn't there. You might be able to get an artist to redraw the face as though it were full face. From my ...


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I have a friend who switched from Flickr to DeviantArt after shooting at a fetish photography workshop. DeviantArt allows nude images, but requires the viewers to have an account so they can change their settings to view adult-rated material. (This works even when both the poster and the viewer have free accounts only). This friend then stayed with ...



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