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12 Tips for Making It as a Magazine Photographer

Posted By Katherine Mercer
There’s really nothing like seeing your name and images printed in a magazine for the first time. Do you think you’re ready to make the leap and become a magazine photographer? Here are 12 tips to help you get there. A close up of an article crediting the magazine photographer 1. Choose a Speciality to Stand Out More Some people tend to think that publications love portfolios with different types of images. That’s not true at all. Editors like consistency. Focus on what you’re good at, and stick with that. Don’t worry about not landing gigs if you like landscape or food photography. There are a lot of freelance and professional photographers out there, but better to be the best in your field than average in a niche. Niche photographers are harder to come by. Pursue less popular genres. You’ll have a better chance of getting hired for magazine photographer…
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Everything You Need to Know for a Successful Fashion Shoot

Posted By Katherine Mercer
Fashion photography is one of those niches that escapes strict definition and for the most part, it is free from creative restriction. You can shoot whatever you want, however you want, as long as you are telling a story. It’s true that clothes, accessories, and makeup form a huge part of the story, but at the end of the day you’re providing a glimpse into an imagined world through your unique perspective. The most important part of fashion photography is how you translate a story visually, and how you apply your own creative style to a certain idea. Over time you will find out exactly what sort of stories you like to shoot, and you will develop favorite lighting scenarios and subject matter. Your photos will start to take on a life of their own! Exploration and experimentation are crucial elements of fashion photography. Keep in mind that this is…
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7 Tips to Get the Best Out of a Model Shoot

Posted By Katherine Mercer
Many photographers want to have a human being in their shot. They may ask friends or family to pose for them or may engage the services of a model, either paid or a TFP (trade for prints) engagement. If you have not spent any time in front of the camera yourself, then understanding the specific challenges of doing the work of a model is difficult. My advice is to spend some time in front of the camera yourself, either posing for another photographer or doing some form of self-portrait work. This isn’t for you to learn about how to specifically pose a model for certain styles of photography (although this is absolutely necessary) but instead for you to understand what it is like to BE a model. However, if you don’t opt for that valuable learning experience, take note of these tips instead: #1 – COMMUNICATE Most people feel really…
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8 Tips for Working with Models Every Photographer Should Know

Posted By Katherine Mercer
As someone who personally loves taking candid shots, it’s taken me a lot of practice to get used to working with models in such a way that I get the perfect look and feel I want for my photo shoots every time. If you’re looking to improve the way you work with models on photo shoots, we’ve pulled together some helpful tips to help you get great results, whether you’re photographing clothing and makeup, or you’re simply photographing those wonderful creatures we call human beings. #1. Choose the right talent Before your shoot, be sure that you have a clear idea in your head of the final result you’d like to achieve with your shots. Think about the concept, theme, and ‘story’ behind your shoot, so that when agencies send you their models’ portfolios, you can view each one critically and really think about whether or not a particular model’s…
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