This past Friday I ventured to try something new. I called up my sister-in-law and asked her to model for me. During the shoot, I knew I was struggling but I also saw myself growing in my photography skills as I was forced to resolve image problems such as lighting, posing, and interacting with the model. After returning home, I was excited to edit my images and I found surprise in the quality of my images compared to previous portraits I’ve taken. While I probably should not put myself out there as a “new” photographer, I don’t want to over-sell myself or begin to think I don’t need to get better.
Here are a few insights I had from this experience:
- Photography is light; knowing how to adjust for different light sources and different intensities is crucial for developing a good image.
- Visualizing an image is great, but be open to adapting mistakes to become something unexpected.
- Watch the model: Is she slouching? Is her shirt scrunching up?
- Interact with the model: She wants to know what you want her to do. She also wants to have fun so just be playful and real and her smile will be much more natural.
- Have a plan: A one hour shoot can easily become 3 hours when you are driving around looking for a location to take pictures. Be careful if you are outdoors because you will quickly lose your lighting.