What is a SEDCARD and why is it so important to have a sedcard as a model? Is any picture good enough for a sedcard or should you book a photoshoot to get specific 'sedcard' pictures?
Read all about: Sedcard Photography
A close-ups is a photograph taken at close range and showing the subject on a large scale. They are not the favorite of Bestagers models. why? Because it shows a lot of your (older) skin. Skin-imperfections are standard, and difficult to hide on close-ups.
Model- and casting-agencies
Why should you bother to make close-ups ? Well mostly the agencies are asking for a nearby portrait of a close-up. To see your skin, so watch your expressions more closer. It also shows you wrinkles and if you are a big fan of retouching your face until perfect, with a close-up it will not be possible, or at least it shows immediately. A close-up is a certain reality check.
To smile or not to smile?
Sometimes model- and castings-agencies are asking specifically for a smiling pictures, showing your smile and teeth. Do not be afraid to smile. Everybody gets more wrinkles while smiling, or even the eyes get smaller. And nobody has perfect teeth. A smile shows your expression and a bit of your character. Smile like you never smiled before and the close-up will probably very nice.
Tips & Tricks
Close-ups are necessary for your portfolio. Do not avoid to have them in your portofolio or on your website. Just go for it and just one or two will be more than enough.
What does: T.F.P mean? You read about it all the times, on Modelforums, Photography communities and even on Instagram, Facebook and other Social Media.
Read all about Time For Print !
Vintage Photography is not only about taking 'old' pictures or use 'antique' filters to make pictures look old.
It is more about getting the right mood in styling, make-up and setting.
This picture is taking in Bourtange, an old monumental city in the North of the Netherlands. The whole town has it own style, looking like the year 1749.
The clothes are Chanel-vintage mixed with timeless accessories.
I always loved the vintage ánd the retro style type of photography.
More about Vintage photography and pictures: VINTAGE AND RETRO
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Model forums jargon:
I would just like to point out that modelforums (and the modeling world) have their own jargon that is useful for understanding each other as quickly as possible.
Lists of definitions can be found on some forums, and if not, you can always check on the internet.
In short, be sure that you both intended the same before you participate in a nude photo shoot that may have the necessary consequences for your further career or privacy on the internet. The difference between "fine art" and "fine nude art" can also be very big. Fine art is everything that has to do with artistry and can also be pure and only a beautiful special black / white portrait, fine nude arts is more about the beauty of the naked human (female) body.
Conclusion: It is useful to read well and especially to thoroughly discuss the ins and outs of a photoshoot in advance. No unpleasant misunderstandings arise that could have been prevented.
Learn about the modelforums definitions and slang. It will be a big advance if you understand how to talk properly without misunderstandings.
Look on this website under the category; Definitions explained.
How to deal with criticism?
Most modelforums also have a system where photos are assessed.
Some modelforums offers the opportunity to like, comment or save photos in galleries, the others forum are offering complete contests that give a photographer or the model in question great credit when they win it.
It is very good for a model and a photographer to learn from each other in this way. You learn to judge photos technically or to see what the taste of the general public is. However, it is sometimes a bit of a blow when comments (or exchanges occur in comments) or when the contests are taken too seriously by the participants.
It is also often too much of a good thing, for a starting photographer or model, to have to meet the towering quality that the experienced photographers or retouchers deliver. It can have a demotivating effect and deprive the fun of a fun photo shoot if a photo is judged on the basis of (the absence of) criticisms because the person in question does not participate in the crazy madness. But of course it remains up to you as a model to choose whether you will participate in each other with compliments or comments and to what extent you want to be criticized. You can often turn this off and just do your own thing ....
Tone of voice
Also think about your own tone of voice. How do you give criticism, substantive or superficial? Be friendly, polite and do not comment if it is not necessary. You get what you give. Be an example of how it should be done.
If you think a photo is bad, you don't have to say this. Saying nothing often says enough. Always give constructive criticism that benefits someone else. Good, cool, super, top, bold, cool, are nice expressions, but what do you like about the photo? The model, the light, the setting, the concept, the colors, the sharpness? Try to say something substantive.
As soon as you give substantive criticism, you will also get it back. That is also educational and has more to offer. Better a few good criticisms that will help you forwards, than hundreds of hearts which does not say anything at all.
Learn, learn, learn. Modelforums are ideal to learn to from others!
Modelforums, like Modelmayhem, are offering daily contests. Be sure if you upload a picture, it will be there forever. If you for some reason, afterwards regret, there is always a possibility to ask a moderator to delete the photo, but do not assume that this will work.
The quality of the competition, is often very high. So really think three times before you upload a photo. To appear at the bottom of the list is not so nice. Also be suspicious that there may also be negative comments.
Are you a starting model? Focus on your own profile, look carefully at other profiles, but do not stare blindly at the best of the best.
But if you have a VERY beautiful photo: the contest is a good medium to put yourself in the spotlight. And if you are a winner, this is of course fantastic for your brand awareness and portfolio.
Make a note of your 'awards', these are, after all, a great honor and a big deal for your portfolio and curriculum vitae!
Tips & tricks to traveling light and all about: over-staying or hosting.
What to do when you are booked in an other city or country? Do you travel early in the morning or leave the day before? Always be on time!
Read all about 'over-staying', 'hosting' and how to travel as light as possible...
Photoshop or photomanipulations:
There is nothing wrong with a photoshopped or photo-manipulation picture. Most of the pictures are 'photoshopped' before they are published anyway. Photo's are made perfect by correcting the light, maybe removing disturbing objects in the picture or changing background. Or maybe the model is 'photoshopped' so the skin looks better, the clothes are better fitting or maybe even made a bit taller, smaller or stronger.
You need to have polaroids and castingpictures in your portfolio to show your natural performance. But it is also great to have some pictures which are flabbergasting good or just very unique.
A few photo-manipulations in your modelportfolio will show the world you are able to be a great divers model.
Read all about photoshop, basic-retouch, photo-manipulations
Yessss! You have contact with a modelagency, but now they are asking for 'polaroids'. But what do they mean? Polaroids are very old-fashioned and nobdy has polaroids-camera's anymore.
They just mean:
un-edited pictures, handy-pictures to show the real YOU without too much going on.
Read all about the rules and tips & tricks!
Marga van der Vet is a model, blogger and content specialist. But mostly she is just a woman; living and loving her family, dog and horses. She lives on the countryside of the Netherlands and 'models' mainly in Europe.