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If things are getting a bit stale when shooting a débutante (new) model, what I often do is frame the image move my eye from the camera and say to the model that " I want you to take a deep breath and break for a second..." It is often at that moment I take the shot and more often than not it's a keeper.

Another couple of techniques I employ is the close your eyes technique. I ask the model to close her eyes. (you can see this technique used in this video for VOGUE Magazine http://www.benjaminkanarekblog.com/2010/06/01/steppes-ulan-bator-vogue-brasil/) I then either wait for her to freak out and open them, as they don't know what is going on or I ask them to "OPEN!" at that moment the expression is usually out of the ordinary and their facial expression's are really pretty amazing. As a result of this you get some really pretty dilated pupils. Also try the "concentrate on squeezing your forefinger and thumb together and only think of that pressure or apply pressure to the right or left ball of your foot... Or concentrate on a specific point on the wall and then scan the wall to the left or right. Watch what happens. The models expression has less to do with her concentration on her pose than "why is he having me do this or this is strange etc..." and what you get is often really interesting.

I will sometimes ask them to drop something and pick it up or throw something up in to the air. It can be an imaginary object or the real thing. I will also ask them to go through the bag they are holding and look for the object that I have placed in it. In the the look for my comb in my bag sequence, I will tell them not to look in the bag, just feel for it while looking in my general direction. Some of the stuff you get can be really interesting.

Using a fan often gets some interesting results, that is if the hair stylist is OK with that. Another little trick I sometimes employ is the placement of a mirror just to the right or left of me and facing the model so that she can see herself. The model is more apt to experiment when she can get some positive visual feedback. I have gotten some pretty good images using this technique as well.

Good Luck and be Patient.

http://www.benjaminkanarekblog.com/2011/04/22/shooting-new-faces-models-tips/






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Apr 22, 2011 at 07:53 AM
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p.1 #2 · p.1 #2 · Photographing New Models Some Tips


probably one of the best write ups yet for what i am currently doing.

thanks man. i appreciate it.

-nn



Apr 22, 2011 at 09:24 AM
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p.1 #3 · p.1 #3 · Photographing New Models Some Tips


DannWunderlich wrote:
probably one of the best write ups yet for what i am currently doing.

thanks man. i appreciate it.

-nn


You are welcome Dann



Apr 22, 2011 at 10:12 AM
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p.1 #4 · p.1 #4 · Photographing New Models Some Tips


Very good. Thanks for the walk.


Apr 22, 2011 at 12:18 PM
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p.1 #5 · p.1 #5 · Photographing New Models Some Tips


Benji, I hope you never leave this forum. I don't always reply to your posts but read them very intently. This one is particularly relevant to all of us here, so thanks for that.


Apr 22, 2011 at 04:29 PM
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thebrick wrote:
Benji, I hope you never leave this forum. I don't always reply to your posts but read them very intently. This one is particularly relevant to all of us here, so thanks for that.


+1 on that. Keep them going!



Apr 22, 2011 at 05:39 PM
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p.1 #7 · p.1 #7 · Photographing New Models Some Tips


Thanks for all of the kind words of encouragement!







Apr 22, 2011 at 06:22 PM
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p.1 #8 · p.1 #8 · Photographing New Models Some Tips


Dude this is gold! Thanks a bunch for this write up mang.


Apr 22, 2011 at 07:12 PM
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p.1 #9 · p.1 #9 · Photographing New Models Some Tips


very cool write up. it opens my eyes to new ways of thinking about how to interact.
I really like the idea of having someone fish around inside a bag, I can imagine the expressions being far from the canned ones.

fantastic stuff, thanks for taking the time to share it.



Apr 22, 2011 at 08:04 PM
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gpop wrote:
very cool write up. it opens my eyes to new ways of thinking about how to interact.
I really like the idea of having someone fish around inside a bag, I can imagine the expressions being far from the canned ones.

fantastic stuff, thanks for taking the time to share it.

Having her do her make-up and look up at the camera is really cute as well. Or washing the floor and looking up at the camera...








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p.1 #11 · p.1 #11 · Photographing New Models Some Tips


Gotta ask, what kindda processing is that on the first pic?


Apr 22, 2011 at 08:34 PM
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>>>Or washing the floor and looking up at the camera...


two birds, one stone.




Apr 22, 2011 at 08:36 PM
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p.1 #13 · p.1 #13 · Photographing New Models Some Tips


Thanks for sharing some good secrets

Greg



Apr 22, 2011 at 08:46 PM
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p.1 #14 · p.1 #14 · Photographing New Models Some Tips


FotobyMomo wrote:
Gotta ask, what kindda processing is that on the first pic?


I used HMI Daylight cinema lights on the backdrop one on either side of 1200 watts each. I also used a flash head on each side using a Profoto power pack 2400 watt seconds. She is standing on a 4X8 ' white plexiglass panel. I used a silver beauty dish on her at 60° and around 6 feet from her. Shot at 1/8th of a second hand held.

Same process here:

http://www.benjaminkanarekblog.com/2010/01/16/in-the-wind-making-of-video/












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Apr 22, 2011 at 09:30 PM
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p.1 #15 · p.1 #15 · Photographing New Models Some Tips


Thanks for sharing this...really useful.

H



Apr 22, 2011 at 09:51 PM
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p.1 #16 · p.1 #16 · Photographing New Models Some Tips


AWESOME + a bunch


Apr 23, 2011 at 12:45 AM
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p.1 #17 · p.1 #17 · Photographing New Models Some Tips


Thanks, can't wait to try some of these techniques..


Apr 23, 2011 at 09:34 PM
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p.1 #18 · p.1 #18 · Photographing New Models Some Tips


Never thought of those. Simple, yet effective. Thanks.




Apr 23, 2011 at 11:18 PM
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Apr 23, 2011 at 11:39 PM
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p.1 #20 · p.1 #20 · Photographing New Models Some Tips


BRILLIANT! I've used the closed eye technique and the breath/break but the other ones are just genius. Thanks so much!


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