As a photographer, my work depends less upon gear and equipment than it does my ability to communicate with my subject. I have shot with high-end cameras, but I also have repeated success with “toy” cameras, Polaroids, and the camera on my phone. The lighting in my work consists of anything that emits light: the sun, candles, flashlights, neon signs, paper lanterns…and the list goes on. My “studio” is most often a simple blank wall with a window nearby, casting light onto the subject.
I have always found that successful shoots have little to do with equipment – rather, they are the result of thorough and effective communication between the photographer and the model. The ability to effectively convey your ideas and give direction during a shoot is vital. This 2.5+ hour video focuses primarily on the importance of communicating and interacting with your subject, from conceptualization to the successful result.
Join me and my first-choice model (and accomplished photographer) Steffie Neve , as we discuss the finer points of photographing models. This video includes detailed discussions of:
- Equipment (you’ll be surprised how little of it I use)
- Keeping things positive during a shoot
- Professional expectations of both model and photographer
- How to find models to work with
- The importance of establishing a connection with your subject
- Conceptualization vs. Going With the Moment
- The finer points of etiquette before, during, and after a shoot
- How to effectively give direction
- Over 35 minutes of bonus footage!
Throughout the video, Steffie and I discuss (in detail) several of the photos we have created together. Get the inside story behind the inspiration, planning (if any), and realization of many of our images. The two of us have a combined experience of over 16 years in photographing models, so join us in this relaxed sit-down as we discuss things more important than camera bodies, lenses, and equipment.
HD video, approx run time of 2.5 hours.