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How to be professional when correcting a model.

Model: Aly Nelson

Cameras Hasselblad 501CM

Film: HP5+ rated at 400

Lens: 80mm F2.8 CFT

Ok first things first... This is by no means a bash on our lovely model, but more so as a how to when it comes to making corrections during a photoshoot. That said, I know there have been moments when photographers have run into all sorts of situations where a model keeps making a certain face or pose that does not fit with what you have in mind as far as the shoot goes. So not wanting to hurt his or her feelings you decide to let it slide and take the photo anyways. This in my mind is more damaging then one thinks to both to the model and photographer alike. 

Model: Aly Nelson

Cameras used: Sony A7

Lens: Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA 

Once again, not bashing our model because she did a fantastic job, but she fall into the category mentioned above. I had one of two choices, either correct her or try and make the correction in photoshop at a later date. I decided to take the first approach. (Making corrections is part of the growing process, we all need to be corrected, its the only way we can learn and progress from the current state we find ourselves.) 

Model: Aly Nelson

Cameras Hasselblad 501CM

Film: HP5+ rated at 400

Lens: 80mm F2.8 CFT

It is important to realize that as photographers we owe it to ourselves as well the model to ensure that we photograph them in the best possible manner that we can. That said, being polite is key when making these corrections. Be cautious of your words... if the model keeps parting her lips too much ask her if she could close them a bit. Once the corrections have been made... snap the photo and compliment her on the correction and how great she looks in the photo. Things to NOT say would be somewhere along the lines of could you please shut your mouth. This is never good! Remember your model has feelings too and she is there taking time out of her life in order to provide you with the service of modeling for your as well as her portfolio. 

Model: Aly Nelson

Cameras used: Sony A7

Lens: Sonnar T* FE 55mm F1.8 ZA 

In the case of our beautiful model we kept doing what she called scowling. Once again, not bashing, but as a photographer you have to understand that models do get tired from holding the same position and facial posture for what can seem like forever in their minds. As people, its not all to common to get tired and find our muscles starting to relax without our knowledge. Heaven forbid someone photograph me while I am taking a photo, my stomach sticks out causing my cameras to sit right on top of my pudgy belly, its not a pretty sight. Ok, thats it for now.. but remember, it is better to correct something during the shoot then to try and correct it later in photoshop. Make sure that you are polite in your corrections, last thing you want to do is hurt the model's feelings and ruin her confidence for the rest of the shoot! And above all, make sure you are complimenting your model, she just like you loves to hear that she is doing a great job! How would you like it if you were showing someone your portfolio and they just stared and did not say a word! You would probably walk away feeling hurt even though what you were showing here top notch photos. So compliment! I guarantee your photos will come out better then if you didn't! =) 

Model: Aly Nelson

Cameras Hasselblad 501CM

Film: HP5+ rated at 400

Lens: 80mm F2.8 CFT

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