Pose Like a Model for Photos

The Classic Hands-On-Hip

It’s always a good idea to not leave your hands limp or rogue. Perching one arm on the hip, weight shifted to one side and relaxing your shoulders. This “Teapot” pose is so popular with models, it slims your figure and creates a tall and dignified look that makes the waist appears slimmer. Be sure to position your lifted arm that’s placed on the hip to show off any fancy accessories or nail polish art.

Use the Mirror

Pose in front of your new BFF, the mirror, until you are near perfect at it. Learn your body shape and pick sides and angles you love. Forget about feeling guilty about your vanity, and remember “all is vanity”. Use your imagination and pretend someone else is behind the mirror, camera in hand and snapping away. Keep your feet in check for full-body shots, they are always closest to the mirror and you do not want to appear big-footed.

Go Lower

When sitting your camera height should be well above your eye level and your photographer standing a little far for the best result. This particular technique would show all your features, hair and makeup and also give you the illusion of a more petite, skinny frame.

Photographers often totally forget their own height and shoot from below the model’s eye line and you should never let them do that if you want the perfect photo. The chances that a shot from below help increase the height of subject or create the dramatic heroine shot you may be looking for are slim, and failed results with disappearing chins, weird shadows and dwarf shots are nearly always the end game.

For selfies, keeping your phone lens above your head will capture only your best angles and keep your neck looking elongated and swan-like.

Turn Your Head

If your face is asymmetrical in any way, not to worry you’re in good company. The easy fix for photos is to turn your head a bit when snapping and let the perfect tilt and camera angle hide that crooked smile of yours. Tilting your head is also a great trick for slimming your profile so if you really want to pose like a model, try turning slightly rather than facing the camera head on.

Stand Straight, Chin Out

Let the one thing you do not forget about perfecting your photo posture be to put your best foot and chin forward and stand up straight.

Cameras are only two-dimensional, meaning a photo cannot display its subject in all three dimensions unless it is shot that way purposely. When posing in front of the camera and looking straight at it, pushing your chin out, down and forward can extend your jawline, creating the sharper and stronger facial lines that are associated with model features.

TFP Shoots

A TFP shoot is a photo shoot in which neither the photographer nor the model receives any compensation for their participation in the photo shoot other than copies of the images that are produced. In fact, TFP stands for “time for prints” or “time for photos”, as in each person’s “time” is exchanged for “photos” (or “prints” as the case may be).

Typically, the photographer posts a “models wanted” ad in places frequented by aspiring/amateur models (Craig’s List, photography forums, modeling websites, college campuses, etc.) inviting models to submit photographs for consideration for an upcoming shoot. The photographer then contacts any of the respondents he or she wants to work with and works out the details of the shoot.

At some point before the shoot actually takes place, the photographer will usually ask you to sign a model release and/or TFP agreement. The model release authorizes the photographer to use your likeness in whatever manner the two of you agree. The TFP agreement spells out terms under which the shoot is taking place, including:

  • The number of photos the model will receive and the format in which they will be provided
  • The manner in which the photos can and can’t be used
  • The date by which the photographer has to provide the photos
  • Any requirements regarding watermarks and copyright notices

Shortly after the shoot (usually a week or two), you’ll receive copies of the final images from the shoot to add to your portfolio.

If you’re an amateur model, there are a number of ways in which you can benefit from participating in TFP photo shoots:

  1. You can save thousands of dollars while building your portfolio by getting hours of professional photography services for free.
  2. The experience you gain working with and learning from different photographers can be priceless.
  3. You can work with many more photographers than you otherwise would, leading to a much more diverse portfolio.
  4. TFP shoots often lead to paying gigs for amateur models as you network and gain exposure.

All in all, it’s the easiest and least expensive way for an aspiring model to build a solid portfolio.

Stealthy Selfies

Self-Timer
Try using the self timer on your camera instead of depending on the length of your arm. This way, your face will be much more relaxed during the photo (you won’t be straining your arm!), and you can get a wider range of view in the photo. If you can afford it, a remote shutter release is even better.

Tripod
Wondering how to set the camera up for success when using the self-timer? Use a tripod if you have one. Otherwise, you can substitute a chair or another piece of sturdy furniture. Be very careful about what you set the camera on in order to avoid an accidental drop.

Lighting
One of the things that sets apart amateur photography from professional photography is the quality of lighting. You may not have professional photography equipment, but you can do a few things to maximize natural light.

If shooting indoors, look for a window. Stand with the light falling on your face and not coming from behind your head for best results. Outside, it’s often best to find a shaded area for photos, especially if the sun is bright. This is for your comfort as well as avoiding a washed-out look.

If you’re taking a close up of your face and the light is coming from a particular direction, you might find that one side of your face looks brighter than the other. If this happens, you can take a car reflector, mirror, or a piece of white poster board, and use it to reflect light onto to the darker side of your face in order to even it out.

Scenery
An easy way to spot a self-portrait is by noting the background of a photograph. Many people take photographs of themselves in their bedroom or other areas of the home. The problem is that most of these areas contain clutter and other objects that might distract from the subject of the photo.To solve this issue, you can use two different approaches.

If you want to take photos in your home, try to hang a plain-colored sheet somewhere in an uncluttered area. You can then use the sheet as a backdrop for your self-portrait. For best results, hang the sheet so that a foot or two of the material can cover the floor, thus creating a seamless background from the floor to the wall.

Otherwise, the best solution would probably be to go somewhere besides the home to take a self-portrait. A local park is a wonderful place to take photos, and you’ll have lovely scenery behind you instead of the inside of your room.

Editing
Try to make any photo editing you do look very natural. People are likely to spot an over-processed self-portrait. Sometimes, less is more, and this can be especially true for self-portraiture.

Self portraiture can be a fun, money-saving technique to learn, and these simple changes can help make your photos look subtle and professional. Now that you’re armed with this information, there’s no excuse to use your arm for self-portraits!

Photo Editing Tips

Crop your Images

Do you have well-composed photos? If so, you can still benefit from a bit of cropping. For this, you should choose the Crop tool and then select the area that you want to keep. This is as easy as it sounds. Once the image is cropped, you should recheck it to make sure you have not removed necessary parts.

Remove the sensor dust

Remember: dust and other particles should be removed from the camera lens before each photo shoot. If you have taken photos without cleaning the lens, you will see dust on the shots. For this, you can choose the Healing Brush from the menu to get rid of the dust spots.

Readjust the levels

If you want to increase the contrast level of a photo, all you have to do is darken the shadows and brighten the highlights. You should go to the Levels and then drag the white arrow in the right direction to achieve the desired effect.

Increase the saturation

To make the colors stand out, you can increase the saturation level. So, it’s a good idea to increase the saturation in order to make your images more colorful. However, it’s a good idea to use this feature sparingly as noisy colors don’t look good at all.

Change it Back to black and white

Mono is awesome in some cases. Therefore, you may want to try out this conversion tool. You can give a go to the preset conversion to change the way colors are converted. Ideally, you should opt for presets that will give you great contrast. Make sure you don’t lose shadows or highlights.

Sharpen up

You can use this feature on the majority of digital photos. As a matter of fact, the settings will be based on whether you want to view the pictures on a computer screen or you want to get them printed. Again, use this feature sparingly in order to avoid digital noise.

Learning About Exposure Triangle

The one aspect of the camera which determines the light delivery on your pictures is exposure. Exposure in photo is the lights quantity that reach a film. It can be determined by shutter speed and lens aperture. The range of exposure can determine the picture effect. The setting of exposure on photograph includes of aperture, ISO speed and shutter speed camera. All of them are called as exposure triangle. The triangle of exposure can be said as the basic learning of DSLR camera.

ISO

ISO in film camera refers to how sensitive the film against to the light. The ISO in DSLR camera refers to the sensor setting instead of film. If you move the ISO speed to the lower number, it will sensitive to the light. The low setting of ISO speed will be high to the bright midday sun. The setting number is about ISO 100 or 200. Sometimes, the wrong ISO speed and the light setting will make the digital noise on your photo.

Shutter Speed

Shutter speed refers to time amount that the shutter on the camera will open for when you take a shot. If you set the short speed on the camera, you would get less light that hit the sensor. It can also have the “freezing” motion effect. if you set a long shutter speed, you would get more light to hit the sensor. It also will make any movement is appeared blur on the direction that was moved. For some reason, that is a desirable effect depends on what you are trying to achieve.

Aperture

The aperture on a camera refers to the opening size in the lens that let the lights hit the sensor. If you set the aperture in wide, it allows more lights in, and narrow allows less lights in. The measured size on opening is f/1.4, f2.8, f/4, f/5.6, f/8, f/16, f/22 etc.

If you set the aperture in the small number, you will get the large opening. The aperture allows you to control the field depth.

If you want to create the good picture with good measure of exposure setting, you can follow these tips. Try to avoid the over contrast situation. You should try to work in the first 2 hours after the sunrise and before the sunset. Some of the photographers claim that it is a perfect time to get the good picture. It would be better if you don’t shoot the objects at high noon. The daylight changes constantly and often create the more dramatic picture.

Valuable Methods in Digital

These online resources and publications offer effective techniques for learning the newest strategies for improving your photography. All you need to do is invest some of your time into browsing what is available.

An important method for the beginning photographer is not to buy high end equipment, even if it is within your means to do so. Expensive DSLR cameras have many features but are too difficult for most beginners to use. Digital point-and-shoot cameras, on the other hand, are available for less and many can take very good photos. Instead of starting out by investing money in the most expensive equipment, focus on obtaining the practice you need to improve your skill level. These are the ideal choice in a training camera that will help you learn until you are ready to advance to the next level.

Some beginners are reluctant to go into the hobby of photography because they don’t have steady hands. If this is a concern for you, invest in a god tripod or monopod. This equipment will help you by keeping your camera steady so that your pictures won’t be blurred. You will even be able to take self-portraits by using the tripod and the timer feature on your camera.

You should keep your camera with you wherever you go. You never know when a great opportunity to take an exceptional and magical photo will occur. Be ready to capture them when they do! Invest in a small bag or use your smartphone when your camera is not available.

Many professional photographers will share their tips with beginners looking for techniques that will help them advance. One tip is to have a small notebook handy for those times when you don’t have your camera with you. This way, you can take notes and create list of topics you would like to try when you have your camera available. Also, write down the important details like where the photography needs to take place, what type of lighting you would require, etc.

Finding subjects worthy of taking shots of is one of the biggest challenges presented to photographers. Good photographers are gifted at finding the simple subjects that will make the best photos. By being alert and taking not of potential subjects, you will find the extraordinary photo opportunities that are hidden in everyday life.

Another valuable method to use in your photography is to play with the camera settings to get a greater variety of effects. This will allow you to take outstanding pictures even though you don’t have a high end DSLR camera. Your point and shoot camera offers flexibility and a variety of useful features. Take advantage of today’s quality cameras with modern features to delete those photos that you don’t want to keep while keeping those that you do. One way to understand how to tweak the camera to your advantage is by studying the manual to gain an understanding of how it will work in your favor.

Adobe Photoshop is one type of image editing software that will help you enhance your pictures even more. This is a common practice for photographers. You will also find that numerous digital photography magazines have software tutorials to help you even further.

Once you have gotten some of this advice and practiced your techniques, you will be ready to post some of your favorite shots to share with your friends and family. Flickr and Facebook are just a couple of the sites where you can share your photos and receive instant feedback from other photographers.

Newborn Photography For The Beginner

One of the biggest changes came for me when I became a parent myself, before then I mostly took portfolio pictures for performers. But once I was presented with this tiny little baby I found a new love in Photography as well as my life.

Newborns are one of the best things there are to take pictures of, especially if you want to make a career out of photography. Due to the emotion and love attached to newborns, as long as you take a good picture people will love it. Because of the emotions involved with babies, coupled with trends set by geniuses such as Ann Getty, there is now a huge market for newborn photographers, especially creative or contemporary photographers.

All though Newborns don’t move much it does take quite a bit to get the perfect shots so here a few handy tips that I have learnt along the way.

First of all spend a little time with baby and mum when you arrive don’t be afraid to ask for a hold of the baby. There are a couple of good reasons for this 1. If mum is at ease it helps relax the baby 2. Just holding a baby will help you bond with it and looking into those eyes and checking it’s little hands and feet will help you fall in love with their baby which will translate into your pictures.

I also prefer to take the studio to them, as Mum is still adjusting and baby is just getting used to their surroundings they generally feel more at ease. As most baby photos will be just in a diaper (saves a lot of mess) make sure the room is nice and warm this will also help baby relax. Once the room is warm have some back ground music going that mum would normally listen too or if the baby is less than 7 days old a recording of a heart beat can be very effective.

When planning a time to take newborn photographs try and find out what time baby feeds around, this will be around about time but at least it gives you an Idea most baby’s will feed every 2 hours be milk drunk for a little while which is a great time to put them in positions with eyes open. Then probably go back to sleep until the next feed. You need to allow time for feedings when booking also nappy changes and vomit changes. (not just the baby)

Ideal Posture – Portriature

Portrait photography came with the advent of photography during the early 19th century while it was trying to find its foothold as an art as well. With the invention of the camera came a more convenient way to capture a visible image rather than painting it which was more time consuming and less accurate. Each photograph back then used to have only 20 copies so the photograph had more value. With the advancement of technology, the cameras got fancier and more efficient. The clarity of each picture got better and the cameras got smaller and faster. Portrait photography advanced and changed with equipment.

Portrait photography is mostly performed professionally in a photo studio. The photographer has control over the camera equipment where he/she could adjust the direction and intensity of light thereby also editing anything that appears to be abnormal and unclear. Most lights used in modern photography are a flash. The lighting for portraiture is typically diffused by bouncing it from the inside of an umbrella or by using a soft box. A soft box is a fabric box, encasing a photo strobe head, one side of which is made of translucent fabric. Hair and background lights are usually not diffused. There are many ways to light the subject’s face, but there are several possible lighting plans that the photographer would use. For example, butterfly lighting is used to enhance an image and this form of lighting was a favorite of famed hollywood portraitist George Hurrell, which is why this form of lighting is often called Paramount lighting. Similarly, window light portraiture uses window as a source of light for portraits. This is a popular form of photography preferred by a lot of professional photographers. The best time to take window light portrait is considered to be early hours of the day and late hours of afternoon where light is more intense on the window. The composition of shadows and soft light gives window light portraits a distinct effect different from portraits made from artificial lights.

Apart from the various lighting plans, there are different styles of portraiture and various techniques. The subject’s eyes and face often overshadows the rest of the body and hence it is done in sharp focus allowing other less important elements to be rendered in a soft focus. At other times, portraits of individual features might be the focus of a composition such as hands, eyes or other parts of the body.

Sell an Unwanted Camera

Not every camera is collectible: indeed many are garbage. Searching eBay for your model, and then looking at the completed listings will give you an immediate picture of whether your camera is trash or treasure. If it’s trash, take it to a charity shop. If it’s desirable, press on.

Try to find out how the thing should work, and check that it does. Instruction manuals for most cameras are available on the Internet for free. eBay listings frequently make statements along the lines of, “I can’t test it because I don’t have a film”. You don’t need a film. Make a visual inspection for damage; check that levers, buttons and dials all move. If the camera requires batteries, buy and install some: they are very inexpensive. A camera that works will always sell for more than one that doesn’t, and if you cannot confirm that a camera works, it may not sell at all (unless it’s something special).

Describe the camera to the best of your ability. List any faults, and specifically state what you have checked, and what does or does not work. Flag-up anything you are unsure about. Don’t include loads of copied technical information about the camera: it’s patronizing. The chances are that anyone looking at your camera will already have some knowledge, and if they don’t, they a likely to be capable of finding more information.

Take good photographs from all angles.

A good description (in pictures and words) will gain the confidence of a buyer. Your text needs to show that you have described the item honestly and completely. Omitting details can look like you have something to hide. Don’t use words like rare or mint unless you are completely confident they are appropriate. You’ll look like an idiot if you describe something as rare when it isn’t, and your credibility will be shot. In any event, just because something is rare does not necessarily make it valuable or desirable.

Take the effort to spell check your description, and write in full sentences, not text speak. If you don’t bother with this step, then you are likely to look like a dumb seller, and most people try to avoid dealing with idiots.

Set a fair postage charge. Camera collectors know what an item costs to post, and if your charges are unreasonable, they will bid elsewhere (there are some 17,000 options in any week).

Be clear about returns. Remember that if the buyer wishes to return the item because it does not match the description, they have a legal right to do so. Rejected goods remain the seller’s property, and it’s your responsibility to pay for their return: you cannot expect a buyer to pay for your mistakes. Your listing will create confidence if it says returns are acceptable if the item is not as described.

eBay is the place to hunt-out a good deal, and one of the most critical aspects of successful selling is setting the right starting price. More research is required. Search eBay for your model, and look at the sold listings. This will inform you what buyers are actually willing to pay. Never look at the items listed for sale: they may not achieve their asking prices. If you opt for buy-it-now, set the price just below what others have achieved. This will encourage buyers to act quickly for fear of missing a bargain. If you prefer to take bids, set the start price as low as you can stomach. The whole point of an auction is that there has to be more than one person interested, and if your start price is low enough, you will spark competition. Some profit is always better than no profit at all. Don’t use a hidden reserve: it just annoying.

The time at which your listing ends is important. Not everyone has Internet access while at work, so don’t exclude bidders by listing items at unsocial hours: early morning, late at night, or during the working day.

Now you may decide that all this effort just isn’t worth the bother. You could be correct, but if your camera is desirable and valuable, then not taking the effort can waste whole lot more time. If the item doesn’t sell, or ends up being returned, then whatever effort you’ve put into selling will have been wasted. More than that, the venture can leave you out of pocket (refunding return postage costs), and blemish your seller rating through negative feedback.

Make Breathtaking Photos

Pick Your Spots Carefully

If you take your time to review the stunning photos captured by your colleagues, you will start to discover certain patterns. There is a particular one that emerges from the pile of the miscellaneous others – unique perspective.

You can easily notice that some of the photos of world-famous architectural masterpieces are simply more stunning than others. Why? Because a photographer picked an interesting spot to take photographs from.

Practice Composition

Every great photo follows the rules of great composition. If you are completely unfamiliar with composition in photography, the first thing you should learn is the rule of thirds. You should look at your photo as if were a tic-tac-toe (3×3) board. If you check the work of your colleagues, you will soon discover that they place interesting objects on the intersection of these lines.

This bit takes a lot of practice. Start by using the grid system most DSLRs and smartphones already have. After some time, you will develop an instinct to place the objects of your photography spontaneously in these spots.

Play with Lighting

Lighting is also one of the factors that plays a crucial role in the making of a stunning photo. If you are a beginner photographer, you should start by learning a few tricks, such as when to position the object behind and in front of the light source, how to leverage lighting to emphasize something on the photo, etc.

If you like to take photos of landscapes and city scenes, try focusing your photography efforts on taking pictures during the golden hours. During the early morning and evening, the light is perfect for photography, and there are many pro photographers who swear by this rule. If you take photos indoors, you will have to invest into some lighting equipment to play with.

Photo Editing is a Must

All of the stunning photos that have been captured in the modern history of photography were tampered with. Lightroom and Photoshop can make a stunning image out of the ordinary and “meh” photographs. You should definitely start post processing your photos if you want to end up with diamonds in your hands.

On the other hand, many photographers don’t have time or simply don’t want to get involved in image editing. If you belong to this group of people, you can outsource your image editing to professionals with years of experience in image post processing software.

Start Learning Exposure

We have saved the hardest for the end – exposure. Since you can control the exposure with ISO, aperture and shutter speed, you will have a lot to learn about how each of these affect your image, and eventually be able to take incredible photos.

Learning exposure is very important because you will end up taking photos in tricky lighting situations, and that’s where your knowledge will really shine. If you want to see how exposure affects your photos, load them into any image editing software and check the histogram. The graph to the left indicates that the image is too dark, while the graph shifted to the right indicates the opposite.