Model: MIchelle Favilla Photographer: Renaldo Creative www.renaldocreative.com
Good Morning everyone
I decided to make a list of things I wish I knew when I started photography.
Feel free to share, like and comment.
It’s a expensive hobby or trade. Try to avoid getting into debt.
Start off with a less expensive camera and spend more money on your lens.
Purchase insurance for your gear.
Expensive camera does not make a great photographer. Like Jordan’s does not make a great Basketball players.
Purchase insurance for your gear.
Learn your Camera inside and out. Read every page of your Camera manual.
Learn how to move to Manual mode and get out of auto.
Learn ISO, Shutter Speed and Aperture.
Get it right in the camera and use Gimp, Corel Paintshop and Adobe Photoshop less. Slow down and think about your composition, location and subject.
Don’t be afraid to make mistakes. Make mistakes and learn from them. The pros make mistakes but they don’t show it.
Purchase a External Hard drive to backup your photos. In 2007 I lost all of my photos when my Computer Hard Drive died.
Find a mentor and don’t expect then to teach you everything.
Try to shoot something every week
Don’t expect everyone to like your work. I use to try to take photos for everyone.
Look at people work that inspire you
Avoid adding big ugly watermark and vignette to every photos.
Always keep learning
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Written by: Renaldo Everett http://renaldocreative.com
Fashion: 5’8”-Up (Example: Tyra Banks, Kate Moss, Twiggy, Chanel Iman, Alex Wek, etc…)
Commercial Print 5’6-Up (TV, Sears, Pepsi, etc…)
General Commercial: Any height or age (TV, Nike, Pepsi, etc…)
Glamour: Any height: (Playboy, Maxim, FHM, etc…)
Urban Glamour: Any height (King Magazine, Black Men, etc..)
Urban Fashion: No info (Ebony, Essence, etc…)
Hair & Beauty (Any) (Hype Hair, Ebony, etc…)
BUILD YOUR BRAND Build you brand and choose a name people can remember. Example my brand name is Renaldo Creative.
Sign Up for www.twitter.com, www.facebook.com, www.modelmayhem.com, www.modelturf.com, and www.duskspot.com. Choose something like http://twitter.com/yourbrandwww.twitter.com, www.facebook.com, www.modelmayhem.com, www.modelturf.com, and www.duskspot.com. Choose something like http://twitter.com/yourbrand and not @cuteandprettync291.
AVOID SCAMS Don’t sign up for Modeling Schools/Agencies like Barbizon Modeling and John Casablanca Modeling School, because John Casablanca and Barbizon is both a legit scam? You can view complaints about John Casablanca School at: https://encrypted.google.com/#fp=470aa19e91d13271&q=john+casablancas+complaint.
John Casablanca did create a legit model agency called Elite Models http://www.elitemodel.com. A real Modeling agency like Elite find you work and take a percent from what you make.Normally from 10% to 15% per job.
FIND GOOD AGENCIES You can also find verified agencies at: http://www.fashionmodeldirectory.com/agencies/search/verified_agencies/
STEPS TO BECOMING A BETTER MODEL If you want to become a great model. Practice posing in the mirror, book photo shoots, and look at Magazines and Model online portfolios. If you’re a freelance model you don’t need a Manager. You can manage yourself and be successful.
Study models work that your admire. Visit their site, blogs and study how they pose.
INDIE MAGAZINES Respect independent urban Magazine. These Magazines can boost your career, and help you get more work. Use these Magazines to expand your career.
Build your personal website; don’t just use Twitter and Facebook. Invest in a Professional Web Designer or use services like www.tumblr.com , www.wordpress.com , www.wix.com (Choose HTML5 site) and www.blogger.com.
Do Promotional work like Fashion Shows, Magazine, Car Show, etc.
BUILD YOUR PORTFOLIO Book a shoot with a Professional Glamour or Fashion Photographer. Photo from the Mall, School Pictures, Cell Phone, Wal-Mart and other Retail store don’t fit in your Portfolio book.
If you’re in Eastern North Carolina, Book your shoot with me today and start your portfolio http://renaldocreative.com/contact
SAFETY Discuss bringing an Escort to the Photo Shoot with your Photographer or Avoid bringing escort to your Photo Shoot. When models bring a escort I normally put the escort to work. Only work with photographer you trust. Ask for reference or testimonies. Escorts can get in the way and destroy the photo shoot. Also don’t assume that a female Photographer is safer to work with than a male Photographer. Ask for reference or testimonies from female photographer. Male photographer got a bad rep from GWC Guy with Cameras. Normally fake photographer that don’t care about Photography. Call the photographer before the shoot or meet in person. Keep in touch with the photographer and a family member. Until you get home safe.
INFO FOR MODELS FROM MONIE LOVE: Lookout for scheme and scams.
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