As a fashion photographer Instagram should be among your most frequently used apps. It’s a great way to showcase your latest work, keep your followers updated, attract new collaborators, and impress new clients. But building a loyal and respective following isn’t done overnight

So what’s a good pose? I personally like movement, creating symmetry, shapes, framing the face, elongating the body, and more.

Here’s a look at some of the in-camera alternatives to post-processing manipulation. These effects are time-tested, some going back to the very dawn of photography in the 1830s, and done properly, they still look and feel as fresh as any of the latest Photoshop plugins

Okay, so you are all waiting with bated breath for me to weigh in on this heavy trade, tfp, tfcd, pay, conundrum. If you are a model/actor/photographer then you know all shoots fall into two categories: paid and unpaid.

Most of us use it to create a soft, even and flattering light, but what we often forget is that the softbox is a versatile tool that can also be used to create a harder light with sharper shadows.

The beauty dish has long been the primary modifier in the glamour photography industry. The light that this vital modifier creates is a mixture between a softbox and a parabolic reflector, though it does sit much closer to harsh light on the spectrum

The core of this lighting technique is diffused lighting and it’s most commonly seen outside on very overcast days. But, there’s a simple and affordable way to create this incredibly soft and flattering lighting without spending a fortune or being tied to a single location

As with any other job, we get paid for our time—but not just the time behind the camera. Truth be told, that’s only a third or so of what we put into a shoot.

For those of you who don’t know, cyc is short for cyclorama. They are in most professional studios and have replaced the seamless paper almost entirely. Why? Because with a cyc, you have complete control over your background. A cyc is where the corners and seams are not visible. Cycs normally cover two sides of the [...]

Model Mayhem’s November 2014 cover photo features Organic Portraits by John F. Cooper