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How to Photograph Professional Fashion Models -Test Photoshoots

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In this How-To photography video I talk about how to work with models and doing model photoshoots using natural light photography. I cover a variety photography tips and tricks I use when working with model and natural light photography. -------------------------------------------------------- Please Subscribe for more videos - http://bit.ly/Subscribe-Anita -------------------------------------------------------- I would love to hear what would you like to see next - if you have any suggestions comment below! Instagram: http://www.instagram.com/sadowskaphoto Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/anitasadowskaphoto Website: http://www.anitasadowska.com Snapchat: sadowskaphoto What Gear do I use? My Big Camera - http://amzn.to/2epdZkc Big Lens - http://amzn.to/2ez29Ci Second Lens - http://amzn.to/2ez5dyc Memory Cards - http://amzn.to/28ULUsJ Lighting Gear - http://amzn.to/28U31iG What Video Gear do we use? Big Camera - http://amzn.to/28YdxWP Camera Cage - http://amzn.to/28VLK9V Main Lens - http://amzn.to/294mn2w Second Lens - http://amzn.to/28WZD6u Memory Cards - http://amzn.to/28ULUsJ Sound Recording - http://amzn.to/28UMlmR Microphone - http://amzn.to/28VLMyN About Me: My name is Anita Sadowska, Im a 24 year old professional fashion photographer based in Dublin, Ireland. On my channel I will be uploading regular photography tips & tricks, Fashion shoot behind the scenes and loads of photoshop and lightroom retouching and editing tutorials.
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MrSHIMANO1971 (26 days ago)
Hi Anita, great video, learned a lot from it and really liked your approach in every respect.
Alex Radsby (27 days ago)
Thank you for posting these. They are amazing.
Raw Tweedy Lee (1 month ago)
what lenses are you using?
Julianto Soeroso (1 month ago)
lovely natural light
Shrabani Debroy (2 months ago)
#goodsweaty haha :) so funny
Lukas Nilsson Fredholm (2 months ago)
Really good vid!!!
Eccentric Smithy (3 months ago)
Never understood why people shoot at high iso when there is no need for it.. Why degrade image quality.
Oswaldo Torres Londoño (3 months ago)
Me encanta
Shaun Suarez (5 months ago)
Thank you!
Mamiya Phan (6 months ago)
I think it's hilarious the huge chasm between the photos of the contemporary Western women as sexually liberated, self assured, sensual, etc (in fashion, glamour, etc) and their actual conservative sexual personality. You couldn't get more hypocritical if you photographed nuns pole dancing. Think it be more authentic to take these American women out to nature location and photograph them in regular clothes.
Victor G Photography (6 months ago)
Fantastic BTS video, really informative!
Stephanie De Jesus (7 months ago)
This was awesome. My main issue right now is contacting the right people. How do you go about it, the technicalities and possible paperwork or limitations established by the agency and whatnot. Great vid!
Mario Jovel (7 months ago)
Awesome video!
Iunderstan Photography (8 months ago)
My studio has windows like that and you're reminded me how beautiful natural light photos can look without a strobe or even reflector (and a little editing)
Pink fluffy dinosaur (9 months ago)
Haha szukałam tego wszędzie i w końcu znalazłam u Polki :) Ja właśnie zaczynam, powiedz mi, jakiego światła używasz do testów z lampami? Czy klasyczny, 3-modelowy rodzaj światła się sprawdzi, bez beauty dishów?
b_ug (9 months ago)
Thank you Anita 🙏
Ezequiel McFarlan (9 months ago)
Why so serious, great tips btw☺️
Eduardo Alcalá (10 months ago)
kind of...
Anita Sadowska (10 months ago)
Eduardo Alcalá kind of what?
Dex Pyran (10 months ago)
Thank you.
Mark J (10 months ago)
Nice shoot ideas and great results. One point: You called the white board a flag but flags are used to selectively block light. I'd just call it what it is: a reflector to fill in shadows to reduce the exposure ratio.
Gevich Roman (10 months ago)
What is this song? So nice!
Nana Sam (11 months ago)
I love your videos. They teach me so much
Schalk Ras (11 months ago)
I love the look of natural light. However, I get problems with the light colour. The blue from the sky and green from trees mess up the skin tones. How do you get a neutral white light through a window?
Felix Graner (10 months ago)
Have you tried shooting a greycard so that you can then use it to fix balance in post. That's the route I always take, Hope this helps
Anita Sadowska (11 months ago)
i never have problems with the sky, however trees can be tricky to ballance. the window i shot by is really high up so there are no obstacles in front of it!
Steven Powell (1 year ago)
what lens was used in the shoot please?
Anita Sadowska (11 months ago)
50mm 1.4 :)
Riccardo Ulpts (1 year ago)
How did u edit these photos? love ur videos
Anita Sadowska (11 months ago)
thank you! it was actually really minimal, most work was done in the camera!
Stunning content! i really like how you simplify an impressive piece of work. Thanks a lot.
Anita Sadowska (11 months ago)
thank so much, glad you're enjoying the content!
Trond Helge Høie (1 year ago)
Canon yey👍🏻👏🏻
Anita Sadowska (11 months ago)
:D :D :D
Brittney Byus (1 year ago)
Yessss thank you for another amazing video. I freaking love when you upload. <3 so much respect and love.
C Rankin (1 year ago)
Stunning model and good advice!
Angel Luna (1 year ago)
I like the simplicity of the studio also, I love the skin color. what are your camera settings?
Angel Luna (1 year ago)
I meant menu settings, such as picture style, contrast, sharpness and all of that.
Steven Powell (1 year ago)
camera settings were in the video mate
GilbertTV (1 year ago)
Szymon Kulesza (1 year ago)
Awesome. Waiting for more
dimitarchilov (1 year ago)
lovely, thank you so much, this was simple and beautiful :)
Darius Cortez (1 year ago)
I love watching your behind the scenes video
Loved the video and tips Anita. Just wanted to ask you if you use the manual setting on the camera or aperture mode etc? Also when you’re approaching models to do test shoots would you be charging them? How do you go about asking them and the agency? Thank you. Xxx
449new (1 year ago)
Thanks anita! You did an amazing job!
Zeus .Edwards (1 year ago)
Hi Anita, i'm new to photography about 2 -3 years now , i mostly shoot Motorsports , i'm located in the Caribbean . i luv your explanation as you're shooting and also your editing techniques and how you go about it , to have your style consistent . What will be awesome is while you're working with the models have them speak about how they get into the zone to achieve the best results and what they look for when working with a photographer.. Also a longer process into editing and how u go about to change colors etc. and last but not least , when u use flash photography and how you go about it before taking the first shot. Thanks a lot for sharing tips for us all to appreciate.
I would love to know how long this shoot took. You're a goddamned pro, Anita. Fcuking inspiring.
chicagosouth56 (1 year ago)
Absolutely love this video thanks..
Iza Jaszczyszyn (1 year ago)
Anito, obserwuję Cię od czasów Photobloga i jesteś moim wirtualnym mentorem i mistrzem! Nie mogę się napatrzeć na Twój profesjonalizm i dziękuję bardzo za Twoje filmiki- podsyłam je każdemu komu mogłyby się przydać :)
Photo-Me-Ike (1 year ago)
I love how simple these looks are. Great job. Looks like Shelby and I have some work to do!
Chirag Parikh (1 year ago)
Lesia's Tale (1 year ago)
Those shots are so beautiful! Anita, I love watching you at work so much!
Esteban Restrepo (1 year ago)
Loved the video, the images look amazing! Can you do a video retouching one of these? maybe one that includes her legs and arms just to see how you would retouch other parts of her body, not just the face :)
Raphael Smith (1 year ago)
Breathtaking shots. Congrats!
Iwona W. (1 year ago)
Anita! Podoba mi się Twój kanał, bardzo inspirujący - dajesz kopa do działania :) widzę, że przy naturalnym świetle ogromnie spada jakość zdjęć, niby ustawienia takie jakie trzeba ISO niskie czas szybki, a jakość leci. U mnie to samo :( czemu tak się dzieje i czy da się jakoś temu zapobiec robiąc zdjęcia w naturalnym świetle?
amy p (1 year ago)
Appreciate these videos. Thank you for sharing your expertise
Richard Swift (1 year ago)
Great video and fantastic images
Byrone (1 year ago)
In my studio I've the same floor....ahahah ;)
Byrone (1 year ago)
Grazie Ani!! Thank you so much!! ;)
Carlos J Loeza (1 year ago)
i need the tutorial about how to do those black wall😱😱😱😱😍
Jeff Jean (1 year ago)
Hi Anita, The biggest problem I have when shooting agency girls is getting multiple angles and looks. I find when I'm culling I realized I messed up the images by being to close or cropping out body parts and forgetting to get headshot portraits of different outfits, 3/4 and various sitting/standing shots. Can you make a video on how you plan the shoot and get the shots you need? i was think of making a shot list for various angle headshots, 3/4, full body, side body, chair posies, floor and wall so that way have 15+ images w/ 2 or 3 outfits. I hope I'm not over thinking it but I had losing on the opportunity of getting good shots especially when I can't get back the same team. Not sure if anyone else shares this problem.
dee2dee2dee2 (6 months ago)
May I answer ur question sir? Shortly: Just make step-by-step reference list. Every shot had to be prepared and presented by reference and short description - emotion, clothes, makeup, hair, accessories, background. I'm making a presentation about model testshoots so if you r interested i could write you more advices via email [email protected]
Iunderstan Photography (8 months ago)
Jeff Jean I feel you. The same often happens to me if I'm not paying attention. I echo John Samson's advice, except that I do it backwards. I'll start with whole body and then move in to 3/4 1/2 then close up portraits within the same look if I like whats going on. Because I love portraits, i'll often shoot a separate portrait look. What helps me is taking time during the shoot to scroll through what I have; making sure I don't fall in love with an outfit or look and take too many photos. I've written shoot lists for myself, and kept example photos in my phone i'll glance at while the model is changing or texting. Take your time and make a concentrated effort and you'll go home with more of what you want!
John Sansom (9 months ago)
Not a question directed at me but I can share what helped me in the beginning. When I first started out, a photography mentor taught me to always start a model test shoot "set" with portraits and then work backwards, gradually adding more of the subject in to the frame. So 3/4, full length, seated, floor work etc. Portraits are technically the easiest shot to execute from a posing standpoint because there is less going on in the frame. It's a good way to warm up and for you both to find your groove. Starting a set with portraits forces you to get close to the subject. This is good for establishing great rapport and connection right from the get go, and will elevate the results of all your subsequent images. Once you've shot in this manner a few times, it becomes second nature and you have a routine that ensures you cover all the standard requirements for an agency test shoot. Shots lists are certainly something that I use in commercial and advertising projects where the art director/client requires a specific set of images however, for a test shoot it's something I would consider overkill. That said, if it helps you get what "you" want from a shoot, then do it! You need to do what works for you. Side note: If you shoot with a high megapixel camera, you get massive leeway with your cropping anyway. So a full length shot can be cropped to a headshot without concern for most image use cases. Hope this helps. Cheers from London.
Jeff Jean (1 year ago)
I love you so much Anita!!! You share the most relevant information to an upstart / working photographer that has a real impact to how we conduct business and build our portfolios. Thank you so much for adding so much value with the content you create. Luv you Lots
Alex Sheridan (1 year ago)
The best light! Lovely shots, Krystal is brilliant
quatie (1 year ago)
How come you shoot ISO 250 when you could drop the Shutter speed?
Wayne Speer (7 months ago)
Daniel Castrillon also it helps with camera shake if you don't have rock steady hands . That's why I keep my shutter speed up.
Daniel G Castrillon (1 year ago)
Because if the model is moving and switching poses you don't want to end up with a motion blur or have the face a or a limb out of focus
sebjean7793 (1 year ago)
Hi! awesome video! I would like to know how many pictures do you give to a model agency for a test shoot ? And how much do you charge ? Thank you for your videos cheers from France
yannis (1 year ago)
this is great !
David Huang (1 year ago)
Hi Anita love your videos and tips! May I ask what body oil your models use?
David Huang (1 year ago)
IamDon oh got it thank you!
IamDon (1 year ago)
David Huang The Olive oil spray was the makeup artist idea. I think it’s less messy than baby oil
David Huang (1 year ago)
Thank you! I asked because you said in an earlier video (was the one in south africa?) that it was olive oil, wasnt sure if I heard correctly.
Anita Sadowska (1 year ago)
David Huang Johnson's baby oil 😂😂
Divineshot 314 (1 year ago)
Love using natural light, beautiful model and images! I found this very useful. 😊
Roblox fashion girl (1 year ago)
Hey Anita, love the video. Where can you by the white board and black board from
Gordon Johnston (5 months ago)
Roblox fashion girl Builder's merchants 8ftx4ft insulation board and a tin of Matt black paint. Bicycle stands to support them.
stevendelliott (1 year ago)
Great video Anita. I would love to see a little more of your editing process. I think that's what I find the most difficult after my shoots. Having so many options on how to edit, how do you decide how to edit these type of shoots?
IamDon (1 year ago)
Thanks for sharing these tips...
Rkphoto (1 year ago)
Youre better and better with every video, joy to watch/listen. Thank you :)

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