Forums > Model Colloquy > Who makes the photo, the model or the photogrpaher

Photographer

Bolo Paolo

Posts: 25

Aix-en-Provence, Provence-Alpes-Côte-d'Azur, France

MnPhoto wrote:
If this makes you feel that way, then try being at one of the of the casting calls for Fall/Spring shows. It takes an extreme amount of self-confidence to survive one.

Well this is a good one! Surviving to this kind of casting is a real experience!

Ms Selina K wrote:
So we're essentially just bowls of fruit? *Eyeroll*

Selina, you could consider yourself as an actor in a theater where the director is the photographer, this is the way I see my shootings and it works pretty good for me (I'm the photographer wink )

Jun 12 13 01:06 am Link

Photographer

Julian W I L D E

Posts: 1829

Portland, Oregon, US

For a Photograph to be great, it has to be great photography.   A model can be Beautiful, but that doesn't make it a great photograph.  That makes it a Beautiful Photograph.

Jun 12 13 01:13 am Link

Photographer

R.EYE.R

Posts: 2837

Tokyo, Tokyo, Japan

There is no "I" in "TEAM".

Jun 12 13 05:18 am Link

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Photographer

studio36uk

Posts: 21907

Tavai, Sigave, Wallis and Futuna

RW Steele wrote:

terrysphotocountry wrote:
legally it's the photographer.

*scratches head* Huh?

The photographer IS the author. The model is NOT!

Studio36

Jun 12 13 05:27 am Link

Photographer

Eyesso

Posts: 784

Ormond Beach, Florida, US

What makes a baby.....the mother or the father?   

A photographer can always photograph statues.
A model can always forgo cameras and do runway. 

But debating which of two persons contributes more to a picture it took two to create.....is dumb.

Jun 12 13 01:04 pm Link

Model

Jen B

Posts: 3187

Hopkinsville, Kentucky, US

Rich Davis wrote:
The llama herder :-)

OH! Of course. wink

Jun 12 13 10:06 pm Link

Photographer

Photographe

Posts: 2350

Bristol, England, United Kingdom

Rob Base and DJ Easy J / Roxanne Chante wrote:
It takes two to make a thing go right

Jun 13 13 06:25 am Link

Photographer

Toyreality

Posts: 5

Breda, Noord-Brabant, Netherlands

Hi RV

it like fire and oil, they need to be one big fire

Jun 14 13 11:20 am Link

Photographer

nyk fury

Posts: 2918

Port Townsend, Washington, US

R.EYE.R wrote:
There is no "I" in "TEAM".

there is in japan: chimu.

Jun 14 13 11:43 am Link

Photographer

BrooklynHill

Posts: 4790

Los Angeles, California, US

A good MUA can make an average model and photographer look like a genius

Jun 16 13 04:21 am Link

Photographer

Ken D Photography

Posts: 676

Marietta, Ohio, US

Brianne Leary wrote:

This is pretty much how I feel about it.
A photographer can have a lot of talent and take photos of excellent quality, but when the subject/model looks uninterested, boring, etc, then it kinda takes away from the overall photo.

If the model is talented, knows how to pose, etc, but the photo seems like just a snapshot, then that takes away from the overall image trying to be portrayed too.

Not sure if I explained what I wanted to explain correctly, but yeah.

I may have the knowledge and experience, but without the right model, it's just a picture. That's why I say "I'm only as good as the models I work with".

Jun 16 13 06:16 am Link

Photographer

I M N Photography

Posts: 2342

New York, New York, US

Eyesso wrote:
What makes a baby.....the mother or the father?   

A photographer can always photograph statues.
A model can always forgo cameras and do runway. 

But debating which of two persons contributes more to a picture it took two to create.....is dumb.

nuts
Subjects are not photographers, and rarely self-direct, unless the photographer does not know what he's doing.

Runway is rarely the other option, even for models that qualify for it. It is high profile, and seems to be sporadic, which is why most enthusiasts want to do it (i.e., They think they model rarely, yet can still call themselves "models"), but even models that do it almost exclusively cannot afford to skip print modeling altogether.

BrooklynHill wrote:
A good MUA can make an average model and photographer look like a genius

borat
Makeup artists do not get enough credit for their work.

Jun 17 13 04:35 pm Link

Photographer

Brett Fish

Posts: 426

Seattle, Washington, US

nyk fury wrote:

that's like asking which end of the cat is the cat.

it's:
model
location
device
shooter
weather
lighting
luck


luck is sort of a wild card.

Don't forget makeup.  As far as I'm concerned, a good MUA is worth his/her weight in gold.

Jun 18 13 04:14 pm Link

Model

Loli Scotch

Posts: 78

Austin, Texas, US

Both, for sure.  Every photo shoot, ideally, should be a collaboration between artists.

Jun 18 13 07:44 pm Link

Photographer

Jignesh Chauhan

Posts: 1

Birmingham, England, United Kingdom

Takes 2 to tango

Jun 18 13 07:49 pm Link

Photographer

Know Idea

Posts: 2955

San Diego, California, US

I've seen really beautiful photos of really bad models.

I've seen really ugly photos of really great models.

Jun 18 13 08:48 pm Link

Photographer

Brett Fish

Posts: 426

Seattle, Washington, US

R.EYE.R wrote:
There is no "I" in "TEAM".

Yeah, but there's an "M" and an "E"...  O_o

Jun 18 13 11:16 pm Link

Photographer

Rodney Almore Photos

Posts: 217

Altadena, California, US

JadeDRed wrote:
The photographer, as he has all the control usually.

Really.....are you serious?

Jun 18 13 11:57 pm Link

Photographer

Daeda1us

Posts: 1067

Little Rock, Arkansas, US

ResaVictoria wrote:
I was just curious, since I am a beginner.
I'm not too pleased with how my latest photos came out
I'll be honest and say that I didn't do my best, but I feel like I was disconnected with the photographer or something, and wasn't a big help but I'm not going to point fingers..


so in your opinion who or what makes the photo?


*my apologies for the misspelling in the title*

I know it is not a popular opinion, but I believe it is the photographer.

Reason?  A great photographer (and I am NOT claiming I am one) can take a picture of anything and make a great photo.

Amazing photos have been taken of street people, migrant farmers, etc.  People who define "not a model".  Yet the photos still had that special something that made them exceptional.  No professional model needed.

And while it is possible for a model to take an amazing picture of themselves, in general they need someone else on the camera.

That said, a good model will elevate the work she helps create. 
A great model will do even more.   

And let's not forget the rest of the team: assistants, hair, makeup, special effects, post-production, etc.  They are extremely important to some photos too.  Sometimes as much so as the photographer or the model!!!

My two cents, YMMV
Daeda1us

Jun 19 13 11:51 am Link

Model

Dani-Mae

Posts: 59

Bladenboro, North Carolina, US

nyk fury wrote:

that's like asking which end of the cat is the cat.

it's:
model
location
device
shooter
weather
lighting
luck


luck is sort of a wild card.

I completely agree with the luck part.  But it takes both.

Jun 20 13 05:33 pm Link

Model

Figuremodel001

Posts: 304

Chicago, Illinois, US

ResaVictoria wrote:
I was just curious, since I am a beginner.
I'm not too pleased with how my latest photos came out
I'll be honest and say that I didn't do my best, but I feel like I was disconnected with the photographer or something, and wasn't a big help but I'm not going to point fingers..


so in your opinion who or what makes the photo?


*my apologies for the misspelling in the title*

Uhh, yeah, them.

Jun 23 13 04:14 pm Link