Friday, December 10, 2010

Quick. Strip.

I have recently been modeling more for photographers than other visual artists, so I wanted to point out a key difference in preparation between modeling for artists and modeling for photographers.

An important difference to keep in mind is that there is the tremendous amount of detail picked up by a camera when compared to the detail that is selectively rendered by other visual artists. When drawing, painting or sculpting, the artist takes what they want from the model, and leaves out whatever they choose, but a camera captures everything mercilessly.

The clothes marks on your body will all be picked up by the camera. Belts, socks, rivets, and seams make impressions on your skin, and it takes a while for those marks to settle down. So, when heading to a photo session, be careful to avoid clothes with tight elastic in them. Wear loose fitting clothes with loosely tied drawstrings if possible and wear no socks or ankle socks. Try to avoid anything that will make an indent on your skin. Upon arrival, remove your street clothes and get into your robe as soon as possible so that marks are minimized as much as possible before the shoot begins.

There are exceptions, where for effect, a photographer may want to see clothing impressions, but that is not usually the case. If you have any doubts, just ask the photographer.

Clothes may make the man, but they can ruin the shot.

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