Model Photography

Video Lesson

Model Photography (3:14) by Dennis Tsang

Portraiture is one of the most popular photography themes that every photography lover would come across. Whether you know your photography models personally, there are a few points that you should be aware of. If you can get a grasp of them, I am sure your pictures would be more vibrant and engaging.

Eyes are windows to souls. For most model photography pictures, eye contact is a critical feature that one should pay particular attention to. Eye expression (or the direction that the eyes are looking at) is usually the point of interest which decides if your photos can draw the attention of viewers. In this connection, before setting up the foreground (the photo subjects) and the background composition, I encourage you to have a preliminary idea on what message you wish to convey through your lens. When you try to create a mood in your photography, there is a chance that you need to increase the exposure composition slightly (both flash and reflector are fine). As for location and camera shot angle, please beware of the direction of which the model is facing the light source. Regarding camera setting, shutter priority mode of 1/50 seconds or faster is suggested so to efficiently capture the moving subjects.

Lastly, if you are not very sure about the possible change in the weather, it is absolutely essential for you to draw up a backup shooting plan in case of rain. As such, you can then have a full control over the whole photography process.