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50 Unusual Indoor Photography Ideas You May Try at Home

Can’t come up with new indoor photography ideas? A professional studio isn’t the only place to achieve amazing pictures indoors. I’ve collected nice indoor photo ideas that you can try at home.

50 Indoor Photography Ideas

Start taking unusual images of ordinary things indoors. Follow one of these indoor photography ideas and get inspired for unusual photo projects.

1. Cloning Yourself (or Аnything!)

This method is quite old but using your imagination, you can turn it into a new one. Firstly, set up a camera and a timer. Then, if you are shooting yourself, you need to quickly get into the shot according to the timer.

Try various poses (as on the example above) in a different place each time and take photos of all these poses. Don’t forget to take a picture of an empty scene as well.

After that, you need to layer all your pictures in Photoshop. Begin with the base layer and continue until you achieve the final result.

2. Bokeh Party

  • Download these Bokeh Overlays to strengthen your bokeh lights.

For this idea, your Christmas lights would come in handy. It is ideal for product photos but you can use these photo props to achieve great portraits as well.

Bokeh effect looks its best when there is a big distance between a model and the lights. Therefore, make sure you have a long space for your photo session. Also, you can achieve a nice bokeh effect if you use the barrel compression with a longer focal length.

Longer lenses will help you create very large bokeh circles.

3. Levitating Camera

This variant of indoor photo ideas resembles the cloning – you merge two photos. To get this done, you need to have the same settings and lighting as in the cloning technique and use a manual focus mode when taking pictures.

  • Check out more creative photography ideas.

4. Smoke Pics

The smoke effect in your photos can create an unusual look. Try to move in this smoke, use a fan to get diverse photos or blow it around you.

There won’t be any problems while performing image editing with such an effect because it will look nice on camera. If you want, you can work with an adjustment brush to make the smoke more detailed and interesting.

5. Mirror Photography

This type of creative indoor photography ideas is perfect for Instagram, YouTube thumbnails and trendy product pictures. Use a longer lens with a fast aperture to achieve the best result.

Set your black background as far as possible. Place the objects onto the mirror and make sure you light them from the sides.

If you do it, not much light will get in that black background. Use a side lighting with a strong, diffused light or an external flash.

6. Surreal Double Exposures

One of the most effective methods to create outstanding and qualitative pictures is a double exposure, which means merging two photos into one.

  • Download Double Exposure Actions to realize this idea faster.

Some latest DSLR cameras provide a multiple exposure mode. It will take you some time to master it but the final pictures will definitely please you.

7. Indoor Splash Shots

The next option of inside photography ideas is indoor splash shots. This requires a flashgun, which can be fired remotely, transparent container for water, colored background and a tripod.

First, set your container and a background. Then, place the flash above the container. Put your camera on a tripod, set manual focus and exposure to f/8, ISO200 and use the fastest shutter speed possible with your flash.

Now, drop your object into the container with water and take pictures when it falls.

8. Light Spirals

You need to place a torch hanging on a string to a ceiling. Set your widest lens on the camera, locate it on a tripod and make sure to point it up. Turn on the light, set autofocus on the tip of the torch and the lens to manual focus.

This will fix the settings. Set an aperture to f/11 or f/16, use a “Bulb” mode and a remote release in order to have the shutter open for some time when the torch is moving in the darkness.

9. Still Life Light Trails

This is another good variant of indoor photography ideas. You can work with light trails in different types of photography, however, they will look the best in still life pictures.

To get this done, use a Maglite torch with the end taken off so that the bulb will be open and the light will be direct. With the help of electrical tape, you can attach a colored sweet wrapper that can be used as an improvised “gel”.

After that, set the shutter speed to approximately 30 seconds and the aperture of about f/8. When it is done, move the torch in the frame before you hit the shutter. Keep moving the torch within the entire exposure.

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11. Photography Gets Illustrated

Such an effect is not easy to get, however, the result will be beautiful. Show your creativity by turning your pictures into sketches. To achieve the best result, take pictures of your model from afar and use zoom in a lens. This will make your picture “flattened” and it will become easier for you to turn it into a sketch.

  • Learn more about popular photoshoot themes.

12. High-Speed Photography

This variant of indoor photography ideas is rather difficult for any photographer. However, everyone has ever tried to shoot an object in a fast motion. For this, you need to have a camera that supports very fast shutter speed. This will help freeze any movement.

13. Refractive Art

The light has a feature to bend when passing through the water, due to which the objects behind it change the way they look. This is refraction. With such an effect, you can achieve amazing pictures.

You need to have several glasses, a flashgun, a tripod, a black and white print with a pattern. Put the pattern and glasses in front of it in the background. Pour some water with the different amount in each glass and move the pattern back and forth in order to adjust the effect.

  • Work with this camera flashgun to take high quality indoor pictures.

14. Psychedelic Soap Film

Macro photography is a nice idea for indoor pictures. Using a macro effect, you can create stunning desktop wallpapers and abstract wall art.

To achieve this effect, you need to mix liquid soap with glycerine to get a durable soap film. Also, you need a wire loop, a black fabric background and a macro lens of minimum 100mm.

You will be able to see colors made by a soap film only when the light touches it at a particular angle. So, make sure to place it at the window facing the north. Take photos from approximately 45 degrees.

15. Oily Reflections

This indoor photography projects variant is similar to a soap film. But in this one, the patterns are produced by a cover above the light instead of a colored background. Create a cover for angle poise lamp from acetate, card and tape.

Attach it with the tape but remember not to touch the bulb. If you are not shooting, turn the light off. Put a bucket of water in front of your lamp and add several drops of cooking oil. Mix this, come closer and take pictures.

16. Water Drop Art

To implement this idea, you have to hang a container with liquid, allowing drops to fall into a tiny hole in this container and shoot the splash that will occur. It’s important to pay attention to the time when the splash appears.

You can achieve great results with two flashguns set to the lowest power (in my case it was 1/128th), an aperture of f/22, a mix of water and Xanthan gum, which will make the solution more viscous.

17. Macro Feathers

Feathers look very beautiful when they are in a close-up shot. The shaft in the center makes a firm line (straight or curved) and the remaining part of the feather creates a smooth texture. You can use any feather (bird or pillow one) to get a nice photo.

18. Macro Glass

The next great variant of indoor photo ideas is macro pictures of nice glasses. This can create beautiful lines and reflections on the surface of a glass.

For a better result, put the glasses in a row or behind each other. This will create lines in places where they overlap. For more interesting photos, pour some colored water into these glasses.

19. Inside Looking Out

Another simple object to shoot at home is snow, rain, or condensation on windows when the weather is poor. Come closer to the window and with a shallow depth of field, focus on the drops or patterns instead of a background.

Even though the background is not in focus, pay attention to it as well. Search for bright colors outside the window to get a nice backdrop for your macro drops.

20. Kitchen Close-Ups

One of the best macro photography ideas indoors can be realized in the kitchen. Reflections from its surface can create nice backdrops for your pictures. A shallow depth of field can turn any regular object of the kitchen into something interesting. Consider creating a triptych, which will make a wonderful piece for the kitchen wall. However, first of all, think of the composition and how these three images will look together. Or you can just shoot any dish or product at your table.

21. Tabletop Macros

A lot of people have beautiful gadgets or accessories. But if you look at them more attentively, you will understand that these are very suitable objects for indoor macro photography ideas.

The sophisticated design of a watch, modern details of a smartphone or other objects can be used for photos at home. You don’t necessarily need to have a fancy macro lens to create good macro images. Cheap ones with close up filters or a reversing ring will do as well.

22. Fruit and Vegetables in Macro Mode

For macro pictures of fruit and vegetables, you can use corn kernels or slices of different fruit. One of the options is to put transparent slices on a light box to get a pure white back drop. Or you may try shooting fruit and vegetables on plates with matching colors.

23. Flowers in Ice

For such photos, you can freeze flowers in containers with distilled or de-ionized water that you can buy in any auto or hardware store. When you place them in water, they will float.

So you need to fix them underwater to make them freeze there. Put a chunk of ice onto a transparent bowl or a glass on a white surface.

Due to this, the light will bounce through from below. Set your flashgun at one side, angled down towards it and take pictures from another side.

  • Check out more still life photo ideas.

24. Coffee Shots

One of my favorite indoor photography ideas is to use one object and take multiple different pictures of it. It may sound quite difficult and boring, however, it’s quite fun. To achieve this, you need to have an object providing many possibilities for interesting shots. My favorite object for such pictures is a cup of coffee.

25. Vintage Items

If you have retro or vintage things in your house, you can use them for still life photos and achieve great results. With vintage furniture, clocks, accessories, etc., you can create nostalgic vibes in the picture.

26. Indoor Food Photo Idea

One more great variant of indoor photography ideas is food pictures. For good food photos, it’s not necessary to own fancy equipment and have gourmet dishes. Use objects from your kitchen (for example, chopping boards, silverware, some fruit or vegetables) to make your food picture look more interesting.

27. Flower Pics

When it’s cold outside, it won’t be possible to go to your garden and pick up fresh flowers. But it doesn’t mean that you can’t take pictures of bouquets at home. Simply buy some beautiful flowers from the florist’s and shoot them.

28. Shoot Out of Focus

Sometimes, I get unfocused photos accidentally and sometimes, I do it on purpose. But the results please me each time. There are no rules for this photoshoot ideas indoors option, you have full freedom to use your creativity and make something beautiful.

29. Include Chalk Drawings

Another great idea is to create a combination of a flat drawing with real objects. You can give a new look to simple objects by changing them using a few chalk lines. Transform different objects into each other or create something new!

You won’t need a lot of things to get this done, just a piece of chalk, a surface for drawing and a sketch. If you aren’t good at drawing, use simple objects that are easier to depict.

  • Use Chalk Sticks to create bright and beautiful pictures.

30. Experiment With Your Pets

Pets, sitting on a windowsill, looking at the street and thinking about upcoming warmth is a great variant of winter photography ideas. Soft light from the window on a moody day will look beautiful on your pet’s fur.

Use a little bit of flash and a shallow depth of field to emphasize the eyes of your pet. Or you can make fun photos, experimenting with composition, as you can see on this photo.

31. Prefer Natural Make-Up

You don’t have to shoot your models in a fashionable and trendy way each time. Consider shooting them as natural and real as they are, with all their imperfections.

Fashion is great but simplicity always looks fresh. Take pictures of a model not wearing makeup and having her hair done. In addition to this, ask her to wear some ugly outfit on purpose.

32. Pretty Girl

All women love receiving compliments, even from themselves. They always wish to look beautiful and appealing. So, if you create such a portrait photo, there will be even more beauty and happiness.

33. Keep Smile Wide

Another great indoor photography ideas option is to take pictures while a model is having fun, dancing or jumping. Such photos always look amazing with crazy smiles and body poses.

  • Learn more cute female poses.

34.

Sad Girl Portrait

Along with happy days, we all have sad ones as well. A sad girl with pain expressed in her face can also create a nice portrait picture.

35. Black and White

Black and white photography is a good way to show the loneliness of a model. Her sad face, the hair on a flashy backdrop in a black and white color make us empathize with her.

  • Check more portrait photography ideas for indoor.

36. Perfect Family Picture

People of all ages like photography. That’s why it’s an amazing idea to shoot a family portrait where all members are happy together, and you can see the bond between them and their special relationship.

  • Check more family portrait poses for indoors.

37. Shadows

The portrait photography is another great variant of indoor portrait ideas, especially with shadows on a model’s face. Apart from the shadow, beautiful eyes and red lips will be very visible and expressive on her face.

  • Check out more shadow photography ideas.

38. The Half Face and Side Face

Here you can see an ideal pose and a beautiful portrait. The one girl’s half face and the other face of the girl look very pretty and special.

39. The Sequence of Things

Unlike some other indoor photography ideas, for this one, you don’t need to prepare a lot. All you have to do is to take a sequence of photos to show the model’s story. You can shoot both closely to the model to capture small details and from a distance for a bigger frame.

Pay attention to textures, colors and patterns. This idea will help you achieve stunning, creative and unique fashion portraits.

40. Candid Couple

If you are looking for some unusual photo ideas, consider doing a candid photo session. People always believe in stories that such photos bring. Just tell a couple to do something together and take pictures of them.

41. Model at the Gym

This is a good way to change your photo session strategy and opt for unusual locations, such as a gym. Shoot a model while he/she is working out. Or show the gym as a metaphor for different activities in life and take pictures of your model in an appropriate outfit.

42. Head to a Diner

If you want to dive into 50’s vibes, the best place to do it – a diner with typical neon lights, floor with tiles and a pretty interior. Such cafes are ideal backgrounds for pictures. Your model can sit at a table or a counter and order some food as a prop.

43. Family Christmas

Speaking of indoor Christmas photography ideas, it will be also nice to take a portrait of the family around the Christmas tree. Work with slow shutter speed and a small aperture to make Christmas lights look more beautiful and outstanding.

44. With Christmas Props

Another good idea for Christmas portrait is to use different Christmas objects for photos, such as Santa hats or different holiday-themed clothes. Just a bit of additional preparation and you will have wonderful shots.

  • Check more Christmas photo ideas for indoor photos.

45. Get Close

If you place objects close to your camera and shoot them in this way, you will achieve blur around the object in focus. This blur will look great in pictures with Christmas details.

46. Consider Creating a Collage

The next variant of creative indoor photography ideas is a collage. Create it instead of making 10 similar pictures. This is more suitable for social media as you will be able to show everything in one picture. Besides, there will be no chaos in your feed with multiple pictures on the same topic.

47. Christmas Spirit

Take different Christmas objects that you have in your house (for example, Christmas tree toys, tinsels, lights, presents, sweets) and use them to create a nice Christmas background and add a magical mood to your pictures.

48. Christmas Cooking

If you need more indoor Christmas photography ideas, consider taking pictures of people preparing Christmas dinner. You can include children in such photos as well. They won’t be helpful in dinner preparation but will definitely create a fun vibe in pictures.

49. Presenting Gifts

Another amazing idea is to shoot people exchanging and opening their presents. Such pictures will be full of happiness and sincere emotions.

50. The Legs of Lovers

Another great idea for Christmas photos of couples is to take pictures of their feet in socks with Christmas patterns in the foreground and a fireplace or a Christmas tree in the background. Such photos are especially popular on Instagram.

FREEBIES for ENhancing Indoor Photos

Now, when you are familiar with all indoor photography ideas, it’s time you try to put this knowledge into practice. To help you achieve amazing results in a short time, you can download the following free image editing tools.

Double Exposure Action "Three Colors"

 

Using this action, you will be able to combine a portrait and a landscape or a cityscape to create a prominent picture. In case one of your photos has bright colors, this action will preserve and even improve them.

Product Photo Action "Whitening"

 

Apply this action to your indoor product photos. You will achieve beautiful images in light tones that will look like they are from a magazine. For better results after picture editing, I recommend you to use a white background.

Bokeh Overlay "Mirror Glows"

 

This overlay will fill your pictures with beautiful glowing lights. Use it for unusual light effects and creative final results. With its help, you can add gleaming water, Christmas tree, lights and other pretty objects to the background.

Free Preset "Contrast"

 

This preset is a great tool for studio portrait pictures. Using it, you will have a possibility to balance the lighting, perform color correction, make colors brighter and cleaner to create soft images. Also, it can make the skin tone smooth and nice.

Preset for Food Photography "Matte"

 

This preset will help you add a special magical atmosphere to your food pictures. It adds soft, warm but at the same time bright tones. This preset will highlight gorgeous pale and cool colors. It will be ideal for those who like food photos on Instagram.


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How to Photograph Clothes on a Model in 7 Steps

The following tips will help you create high-quality promotional photos of clothes being worn on a model.

When clothes are displayed on a person, you have the opportunity to create a more expressive image of the advertised products, including emotions, "humanity", models. The same effect is more difficult to achieve if you are photographing clothes on a mannequin or as a display. It is easier for a potential buyer to “try on” the things presented on a living person, and, therefore, it is easier to make a positive decision about the purchase. In technical terms, shooting with a model also has the advantage of being easier to prepare, while creating an attractive display requires special skills and more time. Finally, photographs of clothing shown on the model look more professional than photographs of products presented in other forms. The buyer unconsciously feels that you are working for his convenience. nine0003

We have divided the whole process into seven steps. By completing them, you will be able to create an electronic portfolio of advertised clothing items that is uniform in quality and attractive to the buyer.

Step 1. Choose a model

When searching for a model, we recommend relying on three criteria:

  1. Your level of comfort in working with this person;
  2. Willingness of the model for long-term cooperation;
  3. compatibility of advertised clothing and model. nine0014

It is very important that you feel comfortable collaborating with the model(s). The less time and effort you spend on "grinding" to a specific person, the higher the efficiency and productivity of filming.

Also, collaboration with the same model throughout the existence of the brand or collection makes the photographs, and with them the concept of the advertised clothing, more uniform and visual. Consistency in actions gives the potential buyer the impression of "expertise", "well done". After 2-3 sessions, the model will understand your vision, and learn how she should do her job in order to best meet your needs. nine0023

specific model(s). If the clothes do not look attractive enough on the model, that is, in such a way that the thought “Oh, how cool this skirt is sitting! I want her.”, then find another model whose physique is more suitable for displaying the products you photograph. Size compatibility is key. If you have the same items of clothing in different sizes, then choose one size and photograph the entire collection in it. nine0003

Step 2. Prepare the set

Start with space. Its size depends on the task. Models should be comfortable standing and moving in front of your camera lens. Try to reduce the risks, find a room "with a margin".

Put a mark on the back so the model can navigate where to stand and you can see where to place the camera.

Make sure that both the space and the equipment allow you to get high quality photographs. The necessary fixtures, as shown in the photo above, are a cloth or paper seamless background in a roll, a tripod with a camera and 1-3 pulsed light sources with softboxes or umbrellas as attachments (lighting will be discussed in the next step). nine0003

On the one hand, the background color may differ from white. On the other hand, with any other color, such as black, may have difficulty lighting and, as a result, the processing step will take longer.

Similarly, a tripod is not essential equipment in this survey, if the light sources are pulsed or the intensity of the constant light is high enough. However, the presence of a tripod always has a positive effect on the clarity of photographs. nine0003

Regardless of the background color and the degree of “fixation” of your camera during shooting, try to keep the conditions chosen once throughout the entire existence of the advertised brand or collection. In other words, set your own standards and stick to them.

Step 3: Build Lighting to Match Your Shooting Concept

As we said earlier, lighting is the most important part of a successful shoot. You can purchase or rent lighting equipment. Also, you have freedom in the choice of sources. We recommend using one to three studio monolights with softboxes as attachments, or one to three remote, “on-camera”, flashes with “transmission” or “reflective” umbrellas (in the example we use studio monoblocks with “transmission” umbrellas) ). Regardless of the type of sources and nozzles for them, you will additionally need stands to fix the sources at a certain height from the floor. nine0003

When setting up lighting for a shoot like this, make sure the artificial light mimics the soft natural light coming from a window. It's easier to build proper lighting with softboxes . With umbrellas and off-camera flashes, you may need more skill, otherwise the shadows can turn out to be thick and with distinct edges. (translator's note - the larger the area of ​​​​the umbrella and the closer it is to the subject being photographed, the softer the lighting created; also, find a balance in the distance from the source to the photographed product: it should not be too small.)

If the lighting is harsh, place the lights at an angle to the model as shown in the picture above. The light will bounce off the walls and highlight the shadows on the model.

In general, experiment more freely with light. The more you practice before the arrival of the model, the higher the quality of the "finishing" photos.

Step 4: Position Model

The set and equipment are ready, the model has arrived. Tell her your vision and the concept of shooting, together choose poses and facial expressions.

Remember the mark on the heel? It can be a pair of crossed strips of colored tape or a trace of a marker. Ask the model to stick to this mark during the shoot, literally, stand with their feet on the mark. So you get uniform lighting and framing from shot to shot - the scale and position of the model relative to the frame. Also, it will be easier and faster for you to make adjustments to the model's pose. nine0003

Step 5: Shoot Wide

In catalog advertising photography, there are many standards for the scale and position of the products in the frame. Therefore, take pictures "with a margin." That is, cover the “extra” space in the frame from all sides relative to the model. (translator's note - in the photo above, the bottom edge of the frame runs almost over the knee joints of the model. This is not the most “safe” compositional solution if you publish the photo “as is”. But with the help of cropping, you can give the image a more harmonious look.) nine0024

At the processing stage, you will be able to crop the image. If you position the model too close to the edges of the frame, then there will be less room to maneuver when you need to frame the final photo in a different way than you did at the shooting stage.

Also, always keep the model's limbs in the frame.

Some companies and clothing brands insist on leaving models' faces in the frame. Many try to remove any authentic images from the final image so as not to distract the viewer's attention from the advertised product. The latter approach is a good idea if the products are just entering the market. In this case, this approach can save a decent amount of time and money. nine0003

The photo above is an example of the original shot. When framing the frame, I left more space around the model so that at the processing stage I decided how best to frame. With two blue lines - one on the bridge of the model's nose, the other just above the knees - I marked the upper and lower edges of the image after cropping.

Step 6: Guide Model

These "everyday" poses are simple yet effective.

During the shoot, tell the model how to become her and correct her own actions. After all, photos reflect your vision. Give the model brief and clear instructions. For example, if you want the model to look in a certain direction, tell her which object to look at, instead of being hinting or vague. nine0003

Take note, in most cases the more natural and simple the pose - like in the photos above - the better. Well-adjusted poses can scare away potential buyers or make it difficult for you to frame the model's face during the processing stage.

Another useful idea is to photograph the model from different angles and from different angles. The more variations, the better. A wide variety of footage will help you choose the options that best represent the advertised clothing. nine0003

Step 7: Process your photos

When planning your shoot, allow enough time to sort and process your footage.

You can edit the photos yourself, but sometimes it's better to delegate this task. This frees up time that you can spend more efficiently.

If you decide to hire a specialist, make sure they are qualified. The style and quality of processing should remain the same for the entire series of final images. Also, tell the retoucher the technical specifications: the sizes and resolutions of the shots, the aspect ratio of the frame, the framing approach, and so on. nine0003

Whether you do the processing yourself or delegate it to another person or company, here are some key adjustments you'll likely need to make to your original images:

  • Contrast adjustment;
  • Retouching cosmetic defects on the skin of the model;
  • Removal of wrinkles and folds on fabrics;
  • Giving an attractive shape and fit to advertised garments; nine0014
  • Crop and change resolution.

Remember, the main purpose of having a live model in an advertising shoot for clothes is to show the potential buyer how a particular thing can sit on him. We have tried to organize our recommendations in such a way that they will help you most effectively achieve this goal.

About the author: Krysten Leighty is a professional fashion photographer and technical writer for Pixelz. You can learn more about Kristen by following her Instagram profile. nine0024

Article author: Krysten Leighty

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Photo shoot in the studio: tips for a beginner to work with a model | Articles | Photo, video, optics

Cold is coming and it's a pity to freeze the model on the street? Are bare trees, snow and slush disheartening? Or maybe you have already practiced enough in plein air shooting and want to move to the next level - to a photo studio? nine0003

We have collected top tips from personal experience with working with a model in the studio, so that you get high-quality photos, do everything during the rental period and worry less during the process.

Shooting in a studio is stressful for a beginner. Scary limited time, light that needs to be arranged somehow, and a client who wants to give beautiful pictures / Photo: unsplash. com

Come to the photo studio in advance

Even if the model did not hire a makeup artist, arrange to meet in the photo studio at least 15 minutes before filming starts. If one of you is late, he will arrive at least at the beginning of the rental of the hall, and not after. Also, both will have time to recover after the trip, discuss ideas and what kind of photos the client wants to see, get used to each other. The latter is very important - the model will be more relaxed and liberated when working with you. nine0003

Props and clothes - in a visible place

Already in the shooting room, ask the model to lay out all the things that she took with her for the photo shoot. If you also took something, take it out immediately. Hang sets of clothes on hangers, put out shoes, lay out props and decorations on horizontal surfaces.

You will see what you can add to the image already during the photo session, and the model will change clothes faster / Photo: unsplash. com

Put a mark on the floor

A beginner's mistake when shooting in a photo studio - letting the model freely "walk" around the room - so you have to rebuild the lighting scheme for each frame. So that the client does not think that you are just too lazy to photograph in different places, indicate at the beginning of the photo session that you will work in different locations in sequence.

If you are afraid of not being able to do everything, start an alarm clock to go from place to place on a call / Photo: unsplash.com

After that, build a diagram and mark the point where the hero should stand. This is usually done with a piece of masking tape. So the model will be able to correct itself and make sure that its position is correct. This is especially important if you're shooting with hard light - then even a deviation of 10 centimeters can leave the face in shadow. nine0003


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Model and background

Shy people and clients who have rarely or never been photographed in the studio before, almost always stand with their backs close to the background. If you don't want the person's shadow on the wall, don't let the model stick to it. This is especially important if you want to get perfect black or white colors on the background.


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High key: what it is, how to shoot, light schemes high key


On a white background, a black shadow was cut due to the model standing too close to it / Photo: unsplash.com

Find out about “working side”

“working side” is the half of the face that looks the most advantageous during the photo session. Many people, even far from photography, know the answer to this question. If you come across a model who has not heard about this, ask her to show a selfie or take a couple in front of you. nine0003

Take a couple of shots to test without aiming the model. The half of the face that she turns to you is, in her opinion, the most advantageous, working / Photo: unsplash. com

This is important to know for several reasons: it may well be that a person from any side is beautiful, but does not believe in it), they begin to complex and be shy if they are asked to stand on the other side. Why do you need a nervous and stiff model in the photographs? nine0014

  • the key light must be placed from the same "working side", otherwise the model's face will be in shadow.
  • Make sure that the model does not turn away from the light

    When shooting in the studio, beginners tend to be very stressed. They are just trying to take as many photos as possible so that they can choose at least something from them. Because of the rush and excitement, you can forget that the photographer is obliged not only to press the button, but also to follow the model. Especially if she did not finish modeling school and has little idea of ​​what she needs to do. One of the most important rules: always make sure that the model does not move away, deviate or turn away from the light. nine0003


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    Turn on Modeling Light

    A modeling light is an additional low-power constant light on a studio flash (also called a monoblock) that shows a cut-off pattern on the model. Be sure to ask the photo studio employee to turn it on for you. This will allow you to see possible errors - for example, you will immediately notice that the model's eyes are in shadow, or the face is not well lit because the source is too high or low. nine0003


    See also:
    How to set up a studio light


    A target light is indispensable if you shoot in complete darkness - it allows the camera to focus on the model / Photo: unsplash.com

    If you want to retouch less

    To skin look smoother and more matte, shoot with constant light, and also use light shaping attachments that give soft light - softboxes, umbrellas or beauty dishes without honeycomb. Such light smooths out imperfections, wrinkles, shows the texture worse, so you will spend less time in post-processing. nine0003

    But keep in mind that soft light is usually less powerful than pulsed light, which "beats" with a flash. Because of this, the photos will not be as sharp, in addition, it is easier to get a marriage - blurry pictures out of focus.


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    How to take a photo without retouching - 10 tips
    Soft light: what it is, how to create outdoors and indoors


    Photo with natural, soft light from a window / Photo: unsplash.com

    If it is important to emphasize texture and relief

    Shoot with hard pulsed light to emphasize texture and relief. Light-forming nozzles are suitable for this: a reflector, a beauty dish with honeycombs, a tube, softboxes with small honeycombs. An important quality of pulsed light is that photos are sharp and visually better. In addition, there will be less marriage in the source files, since the pulsed light "freezes" the movement.

    Pulsed light emphasizes the texture of the floor, folds on the dress with bright highlights, and the model freezes in a dynamic pose / Photo: unsplash.com

    Three universal tips for posing

    Posing may differ depending on gender, build and idea of ​​a photo session. But there are a few rules that are universal for everyone.

    1. Keep the model away from her arms. For example, if you ask a person to touch their face, many will press their fingers into their cheeks and flatten them. The same thing happens when you ask a person to lean their face on their hand.

    Your goal is to get the person to barely touch their face / Photo: unsplash.com

    A similar thing happens when you ask a person to cross their arms over their chest, or to clasp one arm with the other. The model is nervous and squeezes herself too hard, presses her hand close to her side.

    2. If the model is sitting, ask her to put her feet on her toes or move them closer to the chair. If the chair has a crossbar and you can put at least one foot on it, ask the person to do it.

    If the model is sitting half-side, for the best effect, ask her to take her not the most comfortable position - sit on the thigh farthest from you and, as it were, lift the other. So it will be less flattened and will look more rounded and aesthetically pleasing. nine0003

    3. Keep your elbows out of the frame. Naturally, ideas can be different, but, as a rule, the frame looks more aesthetic and interesting if the elbows “look” not at the camera, but to the side.

    Elbows out to the sides / Photo: unsplash.com

    There is a rule in modeling that models are best "worked" in a plane parallel to the camera. That is, if you need to place your elbows, then to the side. If for some fashion shooting a frame with a raised leg is needed, then the model will also turn and raise it to the left or right side of the photographer, but not into the frame.


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