Before you get the models into the studio or head to a wedding shoot, you need to be ready. Planning makes it easier to capture hand poses and sitting shots perfectly on the day of the shoot. This means preparing which types of poses you’ll build into the shoot and thinking about the kit you’ll need.
Key equipment you’ll need.
Whether you’re shooting lifestyle images on location or for a fashion range in a studio, you’ll need to have your equipment set up and ready to go. Use this checklist of key items you’ll need before the models or subjects arrive:
- Tripod – key for close-up shots and achieving crisp images.
- Lighting rigs – the right lighting will capture the curves of hands, facial features and remove harsh shadows.
- Spares – timing is key when shooting with models, so you don’t want to be waiting for batteries to charge or searching around for the right lens under pressure.
- Plain backgrounds – a backdrop is a must for model shoots as it will help create a focused image.
- Props – ideal for models who don’t know how to position their hands, or to add focus to your shoot.
“Props are like a little crutch. It gives them something to fall back on.”
– Editorial Photographer Nicolle Clemetson
Managing models effectively.
Just because a model is sitting down doesn’t mean it’s an easy job. Holding hand poses for long periods or being asked to switch sitting poses every minute can get tiring or frustrating – especially if you’re shooting a bride or groom at a wedding who wants to get on with their day. Make your models as comfortable as possible during the photoshoot. After all, a happy model is much more likely to do the poses you require and will likely produce better results.