This Reddit Thread Highlights a Common Issue with TFP Work

If you plan on participating in a TFP project, this Reddit thread contains some valuable advice that photographers and models should keep in mind.

Shooting trade work (commonly referred to as TFP or Time For Prints/Trade For Photo) can be a great way for photographers and models to collaborate on personal projects. They are also excellent ways for those just starting out to gain experience and experiment with new techniques. TFP shoots are collaborative endeavors, and everyone involved should walk away having benefited from it in some way. Before embarking on collaborative projects of any kind, it’s important for all parties involved to openly communicate their intentions and expectations with one another. This ensures everyone involved is on the same page and helps to avoid misunderstandings down the line. Despite our best efforts, issues can still arise from time to time due to miscommunication. Join us after the break as we explore a Redditor’s experience in one such situation.

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A Portrait Photographer’s Guide to Finding New Models to Photograph

Photographing new subjects regularly is an important part of growing as a portrait photographer.

Photography can often feel like a solitary pursuit, but certain genres of photography, particularly those that involve the making of portraits, intrinsically involve photographers working with others as our subjects. As a photographer who shoots a lot of commercial portraits, one of the questions I am often asked by photographers starting out is how I go about finding new subjects to work with. Obviously, a lot of the people I photograph are clients in need of new headshots or various types of portraiture work who seek me out or have been referred to me for my services. For my personal projects, I tend to be the one who reaches out to models. I’m a firm believer that photographing new subjects regularly is an integral and necessary part of developing and honing a critical skillset in being a good portrait photographer. Additionally, it plays a crucial part in staying creative by allowing the exploration of new concepts and experimentaation with new techniques. As it is with most things in life, the more extensive your experience, the better the quality of your portfolio, and the broader your connections are in the photography industry, the easier it will be for you to find new models to photograph. Here are some suggestions you may find useful.

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Tips on Making Models Comfortable and Breaking the Ice

Screenshot taken from the video

UK based Imogen, of the popular Youtube Channel, WeeklyImogen, discusses tips and techniques to help you make models more comfortable during your shoots. Using her many years of experience as a model, and lessons learned from working alongside photographer Mark Wilkinson, Imogen covers everything from shoot planning, first impressions, judging the model’s natural comfort level, and more. Particularly of note, she discusses building a rapport by simply chatting and getting to know the person you’re working with. Continue reading…

Working With Models For The Budding Photographer

Male Model Sitting On Wall

Model Sitting On Wall

Models are interesting creatures. They can very picky and complicated or they can be the complete opposite and need coaching and hand holding the whole way. Every once in a while, you’ll hit the jackpot and get that perfect person that knows exactly how to model while taking whatever suggestion you throw at them (within reason of course).

If you’re just starting with shooting actual models, it can be quite intimidating. You want the model to feel comfortable that you know at least a little bit about what you’re doing while at the same time being able to direct the model to get the shot you’re looking for. Also, you have to do all this while building a relationship with the model so they will let down their “photographic guard” for you. This is what I call it when someone is just posing for you instead of emoting, and it comes across in the picture.

Editor’s Note: This is a guest blog posting by Travis Lawton, the Lawtographer

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