Unless photography is our full-time occupation, and even if it is, many of us cannot afford to own a studio space. Sure, we can rent as needed. But if you have the space and aren’t opposed to having clients come to your home, you can easily set up a nice, professional studio without paying a bundle.
Here’s the basics of what you need:
You can either order some or make your own. I would suggest getting or designing at least 3, a black, a grey or white and one molted color blue or grey.
If you get steady lights it will be cheaper and you won’t need any triggers or sync tools. If you want to go a little more expensive, you can get strobe units for a reasonable price so long as you aren’t looking for the big brands.
These are more affordable than soft boxes and basically do the same thing. They also come with some lighting units as part of the deal.
You can check out my upcoming book on how to make your own reflectors, diffusers, product setup and more. I’ll be sure to let you know when it is out.
Every person who is passionate about his or her photos will undoubtedly want o make them the best they can. This typically involves some photography editing. However, we can run the risk of over-editing if we are not careful.
The sample here has the real edit on the right and an exaggerated spin on it on the left to prove the point. The second shot is more natural and real while the first is over-saturated and doesn’t see nearly as genuine.
Here are a few things you can avoid to help prevent excess edits:
1 . Keep saturation as low as you can while still adding that vibrancy.
2 . Keep small imperfections so the subject doesn’t look fake.
3. Don’t do anything to adjust weight that distorts the people in the shot.
4. Be careful if you change a background.
There are typically two types of people two model, those who do it on a freelance or independent basis and those who are represented by some sort of agency.
When it comes to a photographer choosing who to work with, this can make a massive difference.
My preference, having worked with both, is to go with the freelancers as much as possible. Here’s why:
1. Less hoops to jump through for booking
2. You’re going to find more variety in look and style
3. More options for being creative in you work
4. Less overall red tape
Many artists tend to specialize in one medium, and sometimes even a subgroup within that. Jessi Pettit is not one of those artists. You can see her work under the name CLR SPLSH Designs which includes some unique abstract photography along with colorful and vibrant painted works.
Here are some samples of her work:
To say Dan Brook enjoys art would be understating things to an extreme degree. While he works primarily as a political science professor in California, he also has engaged in a series of projects doing everything from photography to writing literature.
One of his really unique writings is a publication entitled “Daydreaming in Kyoto” which is mentioned on his Smashwords page as showing “this magical city through evocative and provocative haiku and photographs.”
Check it out when you have a chance.
While the majority of those who take and upload “selfies” are not really doing so with any artistic intent, or are not having much success in doing so, it is not only possible to create artsy selfies but some have even made it a craft of sorts.
So, how can you rock the selfie? Here are some tips and samples.
1. Make sure the background isn’t a distraction. A solid color wall or distant nature setting would be much better than a messy bedroom.
No distraction issues:
2. Have as much light as possibly without washing out the shot. An overexposed pic or one that is so dark you can’t see anything is worse than no pic at all.
3. Use a flattering angle. This is usually good for girls when they shoot the shot from somewhere overhead. Some positions however, can make you look wider or older.
Nice position setup:
There have been a lot of posts out there including on this blog that say that cell phone photography cannot and won’t ever be able to, match the actual stuff done with real cameras. That being said, it can still be its own art. One example of such is a young lady I came across a couple of weeks ago who was featured at an arts market. Her shots where colorful, detailed and just basically well done. I was a bit surprised to learn that every one of them was shot on her phone.
The key however was that it was not just the phone but also a series of attachments she made use of, including a special lens, to make her picture content so appealing.
So the point here is, while cell pics will not ever match those of a DSLR, with the right equipment and artist, they can get pretty close.