The success of a photoshoot lies in the communication between the photographer and the models. Together, they create beautiful and exemplary images that convey artistic expressions. No matter the purpose or type of photograph desired, it is necessary to experiment with different creative concepts for a successful photoshoot.
The connection between the model and the photographer could determine the quality of the final product. Since it is a photographer’s lens, you have the right to direct the models into how you want the photographs to come out.
Basic Photo Shoot Communication Tips
Here are some basic tips on how you can communicate with models in a photoshoot and create incredible photos:
- Talk to the models about what you want and what looks good. You can direct them into poses, and their experience will also give them the intuition they need.
- Point out a few things they do really well and use positive reinforcement to boost their confidence. Be sure to offer sincere, appropriate comments that cannot be misconstrued as negative statements. Their confidence will translate into the camera lens.
- Some models take a while to adjust to the camera, especially newer models that might need a little coaching. Be sure to emphasize every model’s best features and angles.
Translating Photoshoot Language
Communication makes a big difference in a photoshoot. The more you shoot with one model, the more comfortable the two of you will become.
At the beginning of a shoot, you can study a mood board you’re aiming to achieve. Models work with different photographers, so referencing the specific mood you want is essential for achieving desired results.
Here are some photoshoot languages to learn:
Chin Out and Down
You can direct the model to a chin out and down position to make the jawline look sharper and the neck longer. Utilize the light source and how they accentuate the model’s features. Hard light does not work for everyone, so it’s best to reserve them for subjects with great skin.
No Squished Arms
Pay attention to how the models’ arms are placed against their bodies and their legs when sitting on a chair. Direct them to keep their bodies open and always to leave a gap between the torso and the arms. This space helps show their natural figures in photographs.
For the arms, you can direct them to bring out their arms slightly to maintain the dimension. This will also make their arms look thinner and relaxed. For the legs, make them sit on the edge of the char to prevent flattening their thighs.
Keep Hands Loose
The models’ hands should always be in ballet hands, referencing the relaxed and loose hands of a ballerina in performance. Even when holding an object, the models should not clench their hands and remain soft and delicate instead.
Aside from verbally communicating what you want in a shoot, you can direct the models’ body language to achieve your desired photographs. If you want a specific vibe or look, instruct them, even if it means telling them what to do with their eyes.
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