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Gain confidence in directing

 
clairh
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Feb 20, 2017 05:15 |  #1

Hi Ya

I think I am abit shy and even when photographing friends or family, I'm just not any good at directing people for the pose I may want etc etc. I think its my lack of confidence because I am a real people person.

What do you advise I do to improve my confidence please?

Thank you
Clair:-)




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mystik610
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Feb 21, 2017 10:01 |  #2

clairh wrote in post #18279109 (external link)
Hi Ya

I think I am abit shy and even when photographing friends or family, I'm just not any good at directing people for the pose I may want etc etc. I think its my lack of confidence because I am a real people person.

What do you advise I do to improve my confidence please?

Thank you
Clair:-)

Hey Clair-

Just like anything else, its something that you grow more confident and comfortable doing with experience....so the best way to build your confidence is to simply shoot more.

I'd recommend joining a photo club...particularly one where you'll be able to work with models. Meetup.com is a really good resource.

In the groups I've been in, everyone is there to learn so its ok to be green and people are always willing to help out and give pointers. Also, working with models might sound intimidating, but the thing about models is that they know how to pose themselves and need less direction than your friends or family who are basically lost without you telling them what to to do. Do a couple of those and you'll be comfortable with the 'flow' of a typical portrait session and will pick up a couple of poses to keep in your back pocket for yourself later.


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Feb 22, 2017 08:38 |  #3

mystik610 wrote in post #18280426 (external link)
Hey Clair-

Just like anything else, its something that you grow more confident and comfortable doing with experience....so the best way to build your confidence is to simply shoot more.

I'd recommend joining a photo club...particularly one where you'll be able to work with models. Meetup.com is a really good resource.

In the groups I've been in, everyone is there to learn so its ok to be green and people are always willing to help out and give pointers. Also, working with models might sound intimidating, but the thing about models is that they know how to pose themselves and need less direction than your friends or family who are basically lost without you telling them what to to do. Do a couple of those and you'll be comfortable with the 'flow' of a typical portrait session and will pick up a couple of poses to keep in your back pocket for yourself later.

All great advice. For me, learning to "see" poses and direct people has been way harder than any of the technical camera stuff.

"Fake it till you make it" is great advice too. To some extent, you don't have to BE confident, you just have to appear confident to the people you're directing.

Number one thing is to shoot more. Join photo clubs that have model shoots. However, a couple of caveats:
- Not all photo clubs are the same. Look for ones with good leadership and organized model shoots. The meetups where everyone just shows up and start shooting, without any organization or direction, will likely not be a good learning experience for you right now.
- In photo clubs like this, sometimes the models are novices and amateurs too (unless the club hires professional models). They may not know how to pose themselves. However, after you gain some experience, you'll be able to tell in the first few seconds whether the model knows what they're doing or not.


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Feb 22, 2017 10:07 |  #4

clairh wrote in post #18279109 (external link)
I think its my lack of confidence because I am a real people person.

What do you advise I do to improve my confidence please?

Thank you
Clair:-)

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