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[GPP] Hannah
Part of this afternoons activities involved finally realising a long term promised and visiting uberredfraggle. Nice flat, excellent hospitality and many many pics.

I'm not totally happy with them, as I didn't have a clear vision in my head. In any case, here's a happy-smiling-young-lady which is better than reading me droning on...

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davefish From: davefish Date: April 10th, 2005 09:43 pm (UTC) (Link)
Window lit or lamp lit?
I'm keen to see the whole set. Do you think that the lack of vision meant that you never really got into the flow, or just you couldn't quite direct things as well as you would have liked to?
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: April 10th, 2005 09:49 pm (UTC) (Link)
Window lit.

I didn't have a clear "outcome" or "look" in mind from the shoot - so direction was pretty minimal (or, to put a positive spin on it - "relaxed"). I guess I'm still really crap at doing model shoots :-/

More practice needed!
nyarbaggytep From: nyarbaggytep Date: April 11th, 2005 10:26 am (UTC) (Link)

my tuppenceworth

Suggest you think about how you look at people. Your technical skills are well up to the job, the secrets of a good portrait photographer imho - 3 things - 1 - empathy with the subject, 2 - recognition of what you find attractive about the subject so that you can show it in your picture - the best portraits say something about the model, and something about the photographer's relationship with them, 3 - ability to put model at ease for the shots.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: April 11th, 2005 10:35 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: my tuppenceworth

Yeah - I did hold some of that in my head - especially "3". Just not easy yet.

Thank heavens I'm bloody-minded...
nyarbaggytep From: nyarbaggytep Date: April 11th, 2005 10:50 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: my tuppenceworth

It takes a little getting used to. One of Chiara's tricks is to shoot a load of shots without any film in the camera so that the initial awkwardness is got rid of. Not sure if there is a digital equivalent.

Well, your bloodymindedness has to come in useful for something! ;)
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: April 11th, 2005 10:55 am (UTC) (Link)

Re: my tuppenceworth

The first 20 "shots" I took yesterday were to do that. I changed lenses, fiddled around, "wasted" some shots and actually only paid attention to the histograms/light-levels in the results rather than the "person" in them.

Digital encourages you to be lazy and "fast". I also need to slow down. Hopefully age will help with that.
From: strangegothdude Date: April 13th, 2005 12:45 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: my tuppenceworth

shooting the first 20 without film in the camera is a genius idea!

Simon, i'd like to see the shots when you've got time. i used hannah as my "first ever model" and it'd be interesting to compare the difference in styles....
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: April 13th, 2005 04:14 pm (UTC) (Link)

Re: my tuppenceworth

Sure thing! They'll be on the net in good time. Honest.
From: mutualdesire Date: April 11th, 2005 04:08 pm (UTC) (Link)
I like the way you caught the glint in her eye. I think you did a good job of catching some of her best qualities (the others are unfortunately out of frame). Do you find it harder to deal with real models (as opposed to scenery or bands who, while real, tend to be playing their instruments rather than modelling)? Used to do photography and stopped just short of modelling photos... am curious how to get into it.
kneeshooter From: kneeshooter Date: April 11th, 2005 04:10 pm (UTC) (Link)
You're a rude young man :-P

And yes - precisely my problem. As has been said elsewhere in the comments to this post - it's a craft like any other.
uberredfraggle From: uberredfraggle Date: April 12th, 2005 06:48 pm (UTC) (Link)
I do like this one. Looking forward to seeing the rest.
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