Thursday, August 01, 2013
Can't Even Give Photography Away
Here's why I'm on a rant about this subject today: I need a few models for my next eBook. They don't need to be experienced. They don't need to be super-model material. They don't need to get undressed for my camera. (In fact, they won't be getting undressed for my camera. My next eBook, like the one I recently released, will be G-rated.) They just have to be willing to invest a few hours of their time in exchange for some pics. Probably some good pics. Possibly even a few of those Facebook "Amazing!" pics. Oh. Wait. Facebook "Amazing!" pics might not even be good pics. So, make that "Possibly even some terrific pics!"
I've tried contacting numerous "models" on Model Mayhem. I mean a bunch of them. Generally, I choose "models" who live fairly close to my home, within a 10 mile radius. (There's plenty of them on MM who list their locations within 10 miles of where I live. I mean plenty!)
I sometimes choose models who have photos in their MM portfolios that mostly suck or are "selfies" or whatever. That accounts for a lot of models, by the way. That criteria doesn't reduce my choices a whole lot. Anyway, I often choose models with little to no experience -- not always but often enough -- and those who state they will pose for TFP or for "any" compensation. I choose models who claim they are really interested in adding to or building their portfolios. Apparently, I also choose models who aren't interested in responding to messages.
I would chalk this lack of responsiveness up to a few dipshit wannabees who are in love with the idea of saying they're models rather than doing anything that actually makes that self-adhered label true, but the thing is I've sent a lot of messages to a lot of models and out of all them, only two responded. Their responses claimed they were "very interested" in shooting with me... and that's the last time I heard from them in spite of me responding to their responses.
Okay. Fair enough. Fuck Model Mayhem's models. I'll look elsewhere.
So, I posted ads on Craigslist offering free head shots to actors or free portfolio shots for just about any other group of people whose career-hopes have something to do with getting in front of a camera at some point or another. I posted these ads in Craigslist's "Creative Services" section. Responses = Zero.
Maybe I'm doing something wrong? (I have no idea what that might be, but maybe I'm doing it... whatever "it" is.) I think I'm going to resort to simply approaching total strangers. I'll bet that will yield better results than the internet. Either that or I'll pay a few models some minimum rate. Course, if I do that I won't share the images and, when we're shooting, I'll work them like they're model versions of Tennessee plow mules. Trust me. I know how to do that. Plenty of experience doing that.
The pretty girl at the top is Jennifer. (Click to enlarge.) No problem getting Jennifer in front of my camera. She was getting paid to be a glamour model version of a Tennessee plow mule. (Actually, Jennifer is Hungarian, not a Tennessean, mule or otherwise... like that matters much.)
ISO was 100, aperture f/8, shutter 1/85th sec. I was shooting with a couple of strobes, three of them actually, but I slowed my shutter down a bit to reveal more of what was outside the window. For those of you still learning, not that we're all not still learning, remember this: When mixing daylight with flash, aperture controls the exposure from your flash and shutter controls the amount of ambient reaching the sensor. Shutter has no effect on the exposure generated by your strobe(s).