Brilliant statement that I read somewhere, but how does one inspire their subject? Can anyone share some pointers?
i kowtow to the rocks when i shoot them.
as for inspiration.. er.. well, they stay rocks. just the way i like it.
alternatively, when i shoot felines, i make sure i stroke them until they smile
Sure. Start by really talking to your models and getting to know them. Show them your good work and let them see how good you can be and how good you can make them look. Smile a lot and make friends with them. And during the shoot, keep giving them visual feedback (as in show them your good shots) and praising them for carrying it off.
Involve them as partners in the creation of your masterpieces. I join organised shoots here from time to time, I see a lot of people who hardly talk to the model, who just ask the model to look here and look there, then machine-gun 5-10 shots at 6 fps, and never even say thank you to the model. Obviously, you're not going to get inspired shots from a model if you treat them like robots.
Last edited by Xtol19; 4th March 2009 at 09:15 AM.
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Indeed, posing is an interesting art which need both parties to do well. i had seen photographers request pose from models by moving their eye balls and twitching eyebrows. i had also seen cheeky uncles physically touching models at the chest and upper thigh areas to pretentiously put them into position (oh well, they got away with the cane).
however, on the serious side, if one is in modeling agency, he/she will know how frustrating it can be to pose new models and how the lead models rake up in a rage and verbally abuse the new talents.
A nice pose need not be comfortable and a photographer is supposed to be able to freeze a pose by filming at the right timing. sometimes a shoot ends up sour when the freenlance models felt it too tiring to pose properly since they are only paid to smile like a 5 year old.
A nice pose is not just a pretty face. it is the chemistry that builds the mood and the mood to be frozen within a frame.
working with a professional model is usually smooth and working with xmm is fun.
i'm still learning how to direct my models also