If you want to get the best bang for buck – or give your client the best bang for their buck – all it takes is a bit of planning and forethought.
In this episode, Gina and Valerie discuss how you to get multiple shots from your portrait photo shoots. And we’re not just talking about getting your subject to bring heaps of different clothes. Here, we outline how one pose can achieve a variety of looks, and how to create differences with only micro-adjustments.
Question from Michael Brewer
“I wanted to say how nice it is to be part of this group. I haven’t posted for a while, because my camera gear was stolen out of my car two months ago and I’ve been going through those stages of grief! Now I’m in a zen space about it – hopefully they will end up with someone who will use them to create something beautiful. Now I’m excited about buying new gear but have no idea where to start… I have been a nikon person, but am interested in Canon too and would consider switching now. My budget is around 2,500 US, but I could go a little higher…”
Gina’s advice and list for Michael:
Listen to ep 62 Bargain Hunter How to buy New and Used Camera Gear
These are used prices
- Canon 5dMK11 $750-850 US
- Canon 24-105L series $350-$500 US
- Canon 70-200mm L IS $800 US
- Canon 50mm 1.4 $300 US
- Yongnuo 600 EX-rt speedlight $100 US
- YONGNUO RF-603C-II-C3 Wireless Remote Flash Trigger Kit
If you love that new camera smell
- Canon 6D + Canon 24-105mm L series $1900 US
- Sigma 70-200mm f/2.8 EX DG HSM OS $800 US
Question from Ron about his website and marketing his services as a music photographer
Ron Navarrete Photography
How to get multiple shots and looks from your portrait photo shoots
How many different photos should you end up with after a typical portrait shoot?
Is more variety the sign of a successful session?
Getting the most from a portrait session is all about how much time and effort goes into planning the shoot.
Putting thought into the order and type of poses you ask your models to do is the difference between getting one or two shots or several shots
When is it important to get the maximum amount of variety?
The cliche fashion shoot and working with models
Professional models change looks for every frame. Stop this and go for micro-adjustments.
1. Warm up
Start with something easy.
A pose you are confident explaining and demonstrating and you look good doing it.
This is important because you are selling the idea to your model.
If you look clumsy and awkward it’s going to be much harder to get your model to mirror the pose
Background with leading lines
Variations of the leaning forward
Placement of the hands
3. Working the floor
Tweaking the shot
Focus on expression