I am new to fashion photography and I got a gig for my friends ad campaign. He has a women's clothing line and there are going to be three models that I will be shooting. Do you guys have any tips on shooting multiple models? I've done just one model and it's pretty smooth and easy, but I can see how three models can get chaotic. How do I split up the shots? What if one model wants the same shot I had with another model? Etc.
Opinons, tips, comments are all welcome.
Dec 10 12 01:27 am Link
Martinez, California, US
well who is directing the shoot?
Dec 10 12 01:37 am Link
I will be directing the shoot. The models are either first timers or amateurs, so I will most likely be telling them what do to. I'm just worried I can't break them in to making the right poses. I made an album of fashion photos that would be a good template for the model to work with and I also made a music playlist. Do you guys recommend music during a photoshoot?
Dec 10 12 02:42 am Link
s-Gravenhage, Zuid-Holland, Netherlands
make a time schedule
and yes, play music, breaks the ice.
And when you want certain poses, do direct them if they're first timers. Its important to interact with your model, when they're doing a good job, praising them also helps making them feel comfortable.
AND GOOD CATERING!
Dec 10 12 02:50 am Link
Olney, Maryland, US
I find it difficult to recreate a specific shot. Just tell the model, "OK," and see how things work out. You don't have to include that image in your final cut.
Dec 10 12 03:20 am Link
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US
Are all three models going to be in the same shot or are you going to rotate them in and out of the shots ? If they are rotated let your friend that you are shooting for decide which model in which outfit and which backgrounds. If the three are going to be in the same shot you need to google geometric progression to get an idea of how much trouble you're in.
Dec 10 12 04:11 pm Link
Uralla, New South Wales, Australia
Do every thing you can to let you focus on the models during the shoot.
Good preparation with lighting, backdrop etc sorted well before the shoot.
Use proven camera settings and methods (if you normally don't use a tripod for example don't have a brain fart and decide this is the day to try one).
See if can get a buddy (chick buddy) to be an assistant, keep track of things like time/ progress make up schedule, coffee etc
If you get flustered don't be embarrassed. Just ask for thirty second cause something not gelling yet.
And post some of the results here :-)
Dec 10 12 04:23 pm Link
Belmont, California, US
Since they are all inexperienced this is a great idea. I'd stick to this album like a playbook, but relax a little, as the day goes on, if they seem to be creatively adding on to these looks. When I have sketches or a play book, I put them on a music stand that the models can easily see just off camera and I can easily turn to direct. The number one mistake they make is not coordinating the models' left in the picture with their left. For some reason they always start out thinking it's their right.
Dec 10 12 04:31 pm Link
Vector One Photography wrote:
I will be doing both. I'm going to work with each model individually first, and then see how that goes. I might have them in the same shot and see how that works out. Any suggestions on how to direct group poses?
Dec 10 12 07:37 pm Link
Natural Means wrote:
Yeah, I will definitely find an assistant to help me through out the day. I cannot even imagine how stressful this would be if I didn't have one.
Dec 10 12 07:39 pm Link
Toto Photo wrote:
That's a great idea. I think I will use the "music stand" idea.
Dec 10 12 07:41 pm Link
Yeah, I accidentally had the other one in the category "Hair/Make-up".
Dec 10 12 07:47 pm Link
Hayward, California, US
When I do a group shoot I shoot in bursts of three shots, that way you get all eyes on the camera by the third shot otherwise you'll get a lot of images with one model looking away or blinking.
Dec 10 12 07:48 pm Link
Portland, Oregon, US
I guess I'm unclear -- will you have all three models in the same image, or are you cycling through three models & photographing them one at a time?
In any case, you need to be able to command each model's attention when you are making exposures. With a lot of people on the set, and especially when there are a lot of people in the shooting area, it's easy for them to get distracted. So, more than anything, talk with them and commend their attention; don't allow them to set up their own little world in which you are excluded.
If you are photographing them one at a time, stagger their off-set process, so that "ready" models are not just sitting around waiting. Minimize their idle time.
Discipline yourself to pay attention to each model -- force yourself to look at each in turn. Don't lock in on your favorite model or outfit.
Here's a hint: put the best model/outfit in the center -- you can always crop.
When working with all the models in the same image, think levels -- don't get locked into having them stand side-by-side-by-side. Get one to sit, one to lie down, one to lean over, anything to create levels.
Ask your models to invade each other's personal space. Get them really close. Get them touching each other -- not necessarily in a sexual way, but in a "sisters" way.
Dec 10 12 07:55 pm Link
Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada
This is a shooting for a clothing line which means the focus is on the clothing & less on the model(s)
Whos cares what the models want the clothing line owner is the client & you need to provide their needs.
Dec 10 12 07:57 pm Link
Townsville, Queensland, Australia
my tip....bring a big jar of honey
Dec 10 12 08:36 pm Link
Martinez, California, US
Did you do the shoot yet? how'd it go?
Dec 10 12 11:18 pm Link
Canberra, Australian Capital Territory, Australia
My tip is to save any group shots until last, when the models have warmed up. But I'd probably skip them entirely because if you're struggling to get them to pose individually, your chances of getting a good shot with all 3 in the photo are not so good.
I'd keep your lighting simple, and stick with tried and tested setups. This frees you up to focus on getting more out of the models.
Dec 10 12 11:47 pm Link
Prismatic Hawk wrote:
Thanks for that! I'll keep that in mind for the group shots.
Dec 11 12 01:27 am Link
Looknsee Photography wrote:
Yeah, I'm just worried about the group shots and how I will direct them. I'm probably gonna look up some template photos online and work from there.
Dec 11 12 01:44 am Link
Paolo Diavolo wrote:
Not yet! It's on the 19th of December.
Dec 11 12 01:47 am Link
New Orleans, Louisiana, US
And maybe find a couple of good lists that are heavy in fashion work, or the portfolios of fashion photographers you admire, print them out and show the poses you want to the models asking them to give you something similar (but not exactly the same). Describing poses can be a frustrating business.
Dec 11 12 04:09 pm Link
Chicago, Illinois, US
Have a game plan. Like, by the hour. They call this a production schedule. Type it out and send it to everyone involved in the shoot. Be realistic with your time expectations and try to stay on schedule.
You might also include "inspirations" for each shot which would be tears and images you find online that show the lighting, feel, and poses you are going for.
Be sure to include time for lunch.
Dec 11 12 04:17 pm Link
Fort Lauderdale, Florida, US
Make sure no two faces are on the same line either horizontally or vertically.
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