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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

At the sort of geeky/cosplay events you describe a good solution might be to wear a T-Shirt which addresses the issue. Here's an example I found with a quick search. This should do a few things. To ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

It's not the camera they have to take seriously: it's you. Get past the shyness. You're all fans/reenactors together, you already have an instant bonding point. Appreciate the costume work they've ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

The models are obviously seeking maximum exposure. They'll assume the people with several thousands worth of camera gear on them will be selling/providing the shots to magazines, big blogs, etc. ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

I'm going to throw lots of ideas at a wall and make them stick. But changing cameras because it doesn't look the part is wrong. Use what is right for you. Start with an introduction, and offer to ...
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How to convince models to do a photoshoot with an amateur photographer?

You've got to show them examples of your work that make them want you to produce similar work with them. In other words, you need a portfolio that demonstrates you can make it worth their time and ...
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Is it okay to contact an agency model directly?

No. It is fine. That is pretty much how things work. A model provides contact information for them to be contacted. You send a brief description of what you have in mind and they will let you know how ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

I don't think it's about how people view your camera, it's about how people view you. If you're using an X-T2 and a 55/1.2 lens, it's quite enough for portraiture and the camera is capable of ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

Other than adding a battery grip or flash, you can't really make the camera larger, so it seems to me that your best options are to either prevent your subjects from judging the camera, or challenge ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

If you want the ultimate in recognition (whether rightly or wrongly) of being the baddest pro at the geekfest, get a couple of friends to be "assistants" and be your "voice activated light stands." ...
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Is working as a model a good way to learn photography?

I don't think modeling is a good way to learn photography at all. It's a decent way to learn how to plan and perform a shoot but it has very very little with photography. She won't be controlling the ...
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Is working as a model a good way to learn photography?

Is working as a model a good way to learn photography? It can be, sure. Rather, if the question were more specifically, "is working as a model a good way to learn portrait photography?", sure, why ...
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How to convince models to do a photoshoot with an amateur photographer?

How do you feel about photographing yourself in the nude? No, I'm not suggesting the typical selfie (selfy?). I am suggesting that you take the project on with all the deliberation you would ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

Consider using an off-camera flash, with a portable flash modifier. I was helping my Dad take portraits of my mom at a Christmas lights show at night. I put a radio trigger on his, and acted as a ...
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How to convince models to do a photoshoot with an amateur photographer?

Check your local arts and painting classes to see if they have nude modeling classes; go check them out and ask the models directly. Have a clear notion of what kind of nude photography you want to ...
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How to convince models to do a photoshoot with an amateur photographer?

If you have no existing rep, it's hard to get a start because you just come off as some kind of Leisure Suit Larry sleeze bag. Not sure how people get established on the internet. Friend of mine had ...
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Is it okay to contact an agency model directly?

If the contact information provided on their Insta is their own and they don't list an agency contact then that's effectively the only way you have to contact them and clearly it's the one they prefer....
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

Cosplay as a "professional photographer" Yeah this is going to sound silly, but buy a photography vest, wear a camera backpack. Use a double-sling with a couple of ancient —but huge— DSLRs ...
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How Does An Beginning Photographer Appear Safe and Serious To A Model?

Tell them the exact time and location of the shooting well in advance. Plan the first test shooting with each model in a public area (or close-by) to build up trust, and go to remote places for later ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

I would suggest you print a few of your best images and show your portfolio to the middle and ask them if they can pose that well? let them see what you can do. I get the same attitude holding a "...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

Get a fake, cheap, big but light plastic camera and carry it around in addition to your actual camera. You'll make a better impression and get more chances to shoot. By the time they realize the ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

How can I get models (attendees) to take me more seriously as a photographer with a small camera? If by "models" you've meant "people who don't know me" the answer sadly is: You can't. Try to see ...
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What to pay a model without experience

They tend to be less aware of the industry and therefore don't have any previous experience with the payment received. I feel the way this question is been asked as unethical if you are simply trying ...
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Is working as a model a good way to learn photography?

Being a model helps understand portrait photography and model photography yes, at a limited extent, the relation on clear indications vs the result, you can have a little idea on the position of the ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

If you have a tablet, you could use it to carry a portfolio with samples of your work. A smartphone would work as well, but the screen is a bit too tiny... (and a tablet looks more professional ;) ). ...
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Wondering about the metering mode and focus area?

Metering is how your camera measures the amount of light in the scene and recommends and/or sets the exposure level of a photo. It's about brightness. Autofocusing is how your camera measures the ...
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How coach children to smile nicely?

Avoid posing your subjects You'll get more natural expressions if you can compose shots where the subject is actively doing something, rather than just looking at the camera - and you may well find ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

If you have problems with getting the full attention of your model: Try to get in a small conversation and also show them your portfolio, if you convince them with your work, than they will not think ...
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Is working as a model a good way to learn photography?

Taking pictures of experienced models with the guidance of a knowledgeable photographer is a much better way. You will learn some things as a model, but you are going to learn much better as the ...
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What can I do to get models to take my small camera more seriously?

I was going to write this as a comment but, answers should be answers. It's not your camera. It's your attitude. You need to change your verbiage and be a bit mean. It will make you feel like an ass ...
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Wondering about the metering mode and focus area?

They only explain what metering mode and focus area are, not how to use them on the camera Let's take these things separately, first up, the metering mode. But, before we can get there, you need to ...
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