PP240 Working with Models

Course Description

Commercial, fashion and editorial photographers rely on professional models to provide the dynamic, compelling presence vital to the success of their projects. This exciting course demonstrates how the successful photographer/model collaboration works. Using agency-supplied models, students will develop concepts, practice sophisticated lighting and shooting techniques, deconstruct and emulate inspiring images from published tear sheets, and learn how to direct talent and crew. Comprehensive classroom discussions cover casting, preproduction, pre-light, editing, postproduction and delivery.

This Photography class draws on each student’s sense of visual perception, interpersonal skills, portrait lighting techniques, and facility with equipment, lighting, lenses and advanced postproduction processes. Students will show their work in a group review where the rules of editing will be discussed. Beauty retouching includes treatment of skin, softening, selective sharpening, treatment of eyes, teeth and hair, blending and masking to optimize facial features. Students will refine their printing skills using the images from the previous week’s shoots. Students will print and deliver portfolio-quality images for each model photographed suitable for promotion by their agency.

Learning Outcomes/Topics

  • 10 steps to producing a shoot with models
  • Studio technique
  • Set management and safety
  • Cosmetics, finesse, interval of movement, produced imagery of face, references to apparel, studio etiquette, respecting the other the shooter’s time and concentration, model protocol
  • Lighting patterns, dialogue during directing, timing, staying connected with the model, mood and moment
  • Shooting beauty
  • Attention to beauty details, head shots and make-up and hair, including props
  • The digital shooting process – Shoot and evaluate, re-shoot and re-evaluate
  • Shooting full length
  • Apparel
  • Posing
  • Lighting
  • Set/background
  • Shooting motion
  • Models moving, model jumping, camera moving, blurs, shutter drags, use of fan to create motion, etc.
  • How to review work from the point of view of agency requirements.
  • Model agency standards and expectations.
  • How creative to get, how commercial to keep it.
  • What to fix and what to leave alone
  • Commercial positioning of the model in their market, model recognition, photographic style, and the acceptable degree of retouch necessary.
  • Ethics and professional standards of retouching are discussed – Examples are shown.
  • How to make a critical edit
  • Establishing a retouching strategy
  • Remove, reduce, light dynamics, skin, hair, eyes, teeth etc
  • Efficiency of layer use to keep file small
  • Photoshop techniques appropriate for each image.
  • Cosmetic details, hand positions, eye positions, treatments neck wrinkles, and hair and make-up.
  • Skin texture, pore patterns, skin softening, eye lash treatments, eye veins, all other aberrations and distractions that can require treatment in post production.
  • Tools most commonly used for beauty retouching heal brush, clone stamp, patch tool for skin, masking for depth of lines and wrinkles
  • Adjustment layers for light adjustments, lightening and darkening applied to teeth, eyes, hair (roots and highlights)
  • Retouching eyes
  • Brightening, iris color, highlight placement, catch light fabrication.
  • Softening and sharpening
  • Demonstration of softening filter, PS sharpening filters, High Pass sharpening and softening.
  • Liquify Tool
  • Professional quality printing for models’ portfolios