One of the harder parts when working with a model in a studio scenario has got to be the posting of the head. The problem that you run into here is twofold. First – its really hard to give someone direction as to where they should turn when they are opposite from you and in a different position. Want a good example of that? Hand someone a piece of paper, and without doing it for them, tell them instructions on how to make a paper airplane (These are the kinds of things I learned in school when I became a teacher).

The second is more id-driven. We don’t want to look like idiots. We KNOW what kind of look we want another person to give to us, but we don’t want to put ourselves in the position of looking foolish. In our ‘photographer’ heads, it’s bad enough that you are being subjected to making a good image because you TOTALLY dont think of yourself as a good photographer, but to put yourself out there even further by looking like a moron? Absolutely NOT! This usually leaves us with a bunch of “Turn right.. no.. the other right.. no.. tilt up.. no i mean turn up.. I mean open your mouth.. um.. ” And lots of valuable time is lost.

Or, you can pinch their nose.

About a year and change ago, I started a meetup group called the Tampa Bay Strobist. The idea was to just get together with like minded peeps and go out and just play with lights in a relaxed environment. I figured – if we got 20 people to go out and try some shooting with, hey.. be great. Fast forward a year and the group’s swelled to over 340. My buddy Kathy Porupski runs the…

I can’t tell you how long I sat there trying for my best “How much wood would a woodchuck chuck” moment at the title. That said, I think this is something that is often overlooked when you’re out there shooting, and totally something that is worth you spending a few moments thinking about. I remember hearing once that the best Photographers out there are the best editors (it may have been a McNally-ism, or a…

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note: This is a repost of a guest blog post that I did on the shoot over at Scott Kelby’s Blog. After chatting with Frederick Van on Twitter, I thought “Wow.. i’ve never really told the story on my blog. So, here it goes:

I was chatting with Scott a couple of days ago about my experiences at the Star Wars Celebration that just happened in Orlando, FL – and he thought it a good idea to share them here on the blog. I was happy to oblige! [NOTE: RC is being kind here. I absolutely loved his images, and the story behind them, and I begged him to do a post about it—Scott].

I walked into this opportunity not really being a Star Wars fan. I’d seen the second half of the movies as a kid, but never really got around to watching the three prequels. For the most part, I don’t watch a lot of movies, so it wasn’t something that I felt I was missing out on.

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