Models and context - natural interaction

posted on 29th of october, 2009

As many of us know, working with models can be a real challenge when it comes to the visual result of your concept. It's both a challenge for the photographer and the model and the key to the best result is communication between the two parties. Be friends with your models, know them, be relaxed and play.
That being said, after searching for imagery of people involved in different activities, I noticed there are two major types of model expression: models looking at the camera while involved in an activity, and models that interact naturally with the object of their activity. The first category may lead in numbers, but the latter has more sales. That's why I think it's very important to realize that a natural looking attitude has a better sale potential.
I will briefly emphasize on the natural...

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Posted by Danienel on November 27, 2009
I like the thought. I suppose showing involvement with the environment cuts back on the cheese factor dramatically!
Posted by Sutashiku on November 14, 2009
Thanks a lot!

By the way - it's interisting how the same thing works in erotic photography - when the model is busy with reading for exemple it not so embarrasing for spectators to look at the picture with nude model
Posted by Fleyeing on November 12, 2009
Ouch Andrei, you're giving away some awful trade secrets ;-)

This is a superior post. There is just one word of caution, when a shoot with friends becomes crazy and too relaxed: don't overdo it. I plead guilty to that sometimes.

Looking into the lens can also make sense when there is a clear appeal to the viewer, or in portraits, when the interaction is with the viewer.

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