Tony in Rembrandt Lighting© Arvin Coloma
On Tuesday night we had a great of lighting and laughter. Thanks to all the members who came along. And big thanks to the members who shared their knowledge and their gear to show us all how to do what we do.
I look forward to seeing some great portraits in the future from our members.
- Friends, Family, Familiars
Rope in anyone you can get in front of your lens
Pay with love and kindness and the occasional print or book
- Hang your shingle
Get ads in local newspapers, on community boards, etc
They may well pay you, or you can pay them with copies of the photos
Membership site, you have to apply and provide samples of your work
Pay with money / Time for Print/CD (quite common)
- Modelling agencies
Book your models get the look youâ€™re after
Pay with money and sometimes copies of the photos
- Do a workshop
â€¨If youâ€™re new to it all, take in a workshop. â€¨Youâ€™ll have a professional on hand to assist and source the talent.
You pay to attend, but sometimes youâ€™re also asked to â€¨provide a copy of you images for the model.
Top Subject Tips
- Understand a photograph always happens on both sides of the camera
Your confidence, excitement and energy will fuel theirs.
- Direct your subject
Tell them what you want them to do, â€¨but be open to suggestions.
- Give the subject a story
Theyâ€™ll find it easier than â€œBe excitedâ€, â€œBe sadâ€
- Donâ€™t touch your subject
Without asking permission and reading the situation, most often there is no reason to invade their personal space.
- Donâ€™t be a G.W.C.
A G.W.C. is a term given to, usually, a guy with a camera who has no plan for a shoot, just wants to see pretty ladies in skimpy outfits.
- Show them, then donâ€™t
If youâ€™re shooting someone unfamiliar with your work, show the the first couple of snaps on the back of the camera so they get a sense of who you are. Then donâ€™t show them any more, it becomes a distraction and breaks the moment.
Top Location Tips
- Find cool places
Graffitied alleyways, parks, interesting walls; youâ€™re looking for backgrounds that will add to your photo, â€¨but not overpower your subject.
- Familiar to subject
If youâ€™re shooting someone whoâ€™s less comfortable in front of the lens, consider shooting in their environment.
- Consider hiring a studio
There are some which are inexpensive and will give you access to equipment and sometimes a professional to help.
- Set up your own studio
A home studio can be convenient but it will also take up a lot of space and may restrict the type of work you can do.