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2:00 pm - Student Shoot: Todd, Jewelry Shoot

Lesson 26 from: Working with Models

Matthew Jordan Smith, Yoanna House

2:00 pm - Student Shoot: Todd, Jewelry Shoot

Lesson 26 from: Working with Models

Matthew Jordan Smith, Yoanna House

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26. 2:00 pm - Student Shoot: Todd, Jewelry Shoot


Class Trailer

Day 1


9:00 am - Introduction


9:15 am - The Model Agent


9:45 am - The Model Go-See


10:00 am - Making a Team


10:45 am - Your First Model Test


11:15 am - Testing Q&A


11:30 am - The Value of Testing


1:00 pm - Expectations of Models and Photographers


1:15 pm - Test Packages


1:30 pm - Casting


1:45 pm - Booking Terms


2:00 pm - Photographer as Team Director


2:45 pm - Conditions on a Shoot


3:00 pm - Student Casting Session: First Student


3:15 pm - Student Casting Session: Second Student


Day 2


9:00 am - Shoot: Rooftop Catalog


9:15 am - Student Shoot: Dave, Rooftop Catalog


9:45 am - Student Shoot: Agnes, Rooftop Catalog


10:30 am - Connecting with Models


10:45 am - Morning Q&A


11:00 am - Reviewing Rooftop Images


11:30 am - Challenges


11:45 am - Assisting


1:00 pm -Shoot: Jewelry with Yoanna


1:30 pm - Student Shoot: Kumi, Jewelry Shoot


2:00 pm - Student Shoot: Todd, Jewelry Shoot


2:30 pm - Shoot: Matthew Working with New Models


3:00 pm - Personal Projects


3:15 pm - Standing Out


Day 3


9:00 am - Working with Multiple Models


10:30 am - Student Shoot: First Two Students, Benetton Ad


11:15 am - Student Shoot: Next Two Students, Benetton Ad


11:45 am - Benetton Shoot Q&A


1:00 pm - Shoot: Karaoke


1:15 pm - Student Shoot: First Two Students, Karaoke


1:45 pm - Student Shoot: Second Two Students, Karaoke


2:00 pm - Discussion of the Shoot and Matthew Shooting


2:15 pm - Student Shoot: Second Round of Karaoke


3:15 pm - Your Life Inspires Your Work


Lesson Info

2:00 pm - Student Shoot: Todd, Jewelry Shoot

So we're shooting it I s o fifty for this camera so you're one hundred one hundred can you go one hundred yeah it'll go to low three which I think is gonna be one hundred okay so put you and I saw one hundred you should've speed to fifty but so if stopping only five six five six or or even sixty three possibly want your eyes are beautiful hi I'm todd thank you the first bill interjection it's very important you know you're f stops and how they work so you can just shooting a hit really fast like is going from I s o fifty to one hundred is a stop difference so he has made that fast change we fast from one hundred to two hundred stop two hundred three hundred stop just know your f stops and how it all works no the basics all right so can already in the mood you know what we're doing well actually talk let's imagine like you're starting off fresh is your first time meeting her you haven't seen her shooting before you're just meeting her give a direction okay what are you doing all right w...

e're gonna need you only shoot um it's we're gonna be soft kind of sensual and caressed your skin enjoy but what's your focus was to focus the ring if I'm your client ring is the a hero in the shot you that's so john don't block him too much so test your first drugs, make sure you have it. Uh oh it's fucking guys rules dictate that in the back. Is that possible or can she? Yeah way while the changing around six questions like you're laying down you just happen to have a great question from fashion tv in singapore. I know I've heard them before. I like those jobs has been around for a bit of us the entire time and I love that very dedicated facing a poor we love that you guys with us the entire time I really love that. Thank you very much. So fashion tv asked what makes a good jury model during casting? What do you look for? I live for first commit the booth portfolio to see if they have experience doing beauty and cosmetic because then I know the girls used to being in this space and she can work very well, so I want to see a history of doing beauty type work, cosmetic skincare, hair care something in that realm and then I'm looking for the energy when I'm talking them as well all they like, really bubbly and all over the place can they be confined for this type of work for a day, three days, five days in a row? I want to see the history of that work first, so if a girl is brand new I'm looking for great skin porcelain skin looking for great hair beautiful hands for all those elements together to make a great beauty model that's a good question thanks singapore and any other facial features or structures that you're specifically looking because it's so it's so subtle how they make they move their face their hand their eyes a girl who can really speak with her eyes shines in this environment so what I mean to say that all the time what do you mean when you say speak with your eyes it's like you had this way of communicating energy just on your on your eyes you're not having to like do all this animation it's just assaulting for eyes where it's just like wow what is going on with this girl it's amazing you're looking for that you've got that matthew I don't know about all of that okay back to you guys back to you guys and looking down toward before your eyes look smooth can you put your hand back twenty years like this one get this way this way just a hair and then bring your other hand up and pull it but across like this maybe a little bit toward your shoulder that's good and look a little bit more this direction with your eyes towards john so I feel like she's falling asleep in their faces and changing that's going to give her direction so every shot should be a small difference this is a dance a slower dance but still a dance before you're doing it to tangle upstairs now small for seductive dance so guy her director mover don't move exactly like that complaint talking can you come in it's more of an angle like this you know with the like yeah now can you look just like towards strategy for your back and more a little more cut position just any like slide looking me right but slighted like down right about there and look back look back about right here stop you for one second because it's very easy to get caught up in like focusing on the ring because that is your product that you're shooting for your client so he's get corporate just that but this class is all that links the model to pull out some energy from her so as photographer is your job to focus on the product because your client hiring you to shoot that ring on this people model but what sells is not that rain being perfectly lit what sells is the energy that the model is giving you your pictures it's got a really work to pull it out because right now that's beautiful in lot of ways I want to feel something from her and that's where your connection with her is so important implicitly out from her so tell her something to make her feel which you want to be not just having a hand in it's a face, but where is she? She is she in new york issue in bora bora. Is she in paris? She going to a play? Is she at home watching tv? Give her some place to go with you. Wright was the ring a gift? It was this your boyfriend? Sure, give it meaning does it make you happy in your hand? Feels on your face yeah happy we're handfuls on your face this is your boyfriend caressing your friends that's key mancini thinking with the wrong way do you have a wife that's the problem so stop for one second when I find a girl who stays in the same position because even throughout the conversation you're staying that hand stayed the same way as witness he's going to move it all and stayed the same way for a long time. So I know you like common sense of your hand so I want you to get for a second and I had a situation I would stop the shoot, give myself with the camera and take her away for second offset talk about something and then bring her back so she comes back forgetting about what she was doing before and she's fresh we can start again let's give her the mind this is kind of a question model and photographer I know that some models used to be photographers or some star for his use three models and does do you think that really helps to be on the other side and really see what it's like absolutely absolutely there's some there a lot of photographers actually who used the models and do a very good job uh ellen monan work it was an amazing photographer used to be a model she does all of the guests campaign has been done it for forever forever ellen used to be a model uh nigel barker from age six top model nigel was a model um boris kodjoe who was now an actor he's now shooting as well tires shooting as well you know, being in this seat absolutely gives you an advantage to become a target because you know both sides of the table definitely I feel a buddy time way like that we like that wearing well she wouldn't shoot you know we're trained models now so you have another brandon model she's brand new because often when you're doing jobs like this it's not just one mile you might have ten models you shooting a jury campaign so it's your interaction with all the models that make it work she's all yours hi honey todd katie goodman educating all right so we're going to shoot what are we shooting this you're angry that your everything okay, great wait try todo really soft kind of soft field sensual way turn your head a little bit wave your hand a little bit more than a scythe way back with your way your fingers a little closer together but all of one second your eye so one hundred five sixty six way back around so john remember that you are the main light open your eyes just like I think I get to actually write it might be a little break stuff and I just didn't want a smooth, beautiful shot does not worry about your exposure we're about relating to her we're going to fix that part later on but I want to really focus on relating to her a lot time sometimes get caught up in all the technical part of it and forget about the mollen point something out this part's fairly easy fix it really easily the hard part is pulling something out of her beyond just being a chef which hands amazing picture to have a career as a photographer it's not just about getting a technically perfect shot it's about planes lee out of the model class will hire you for that more than the other yeah just like booth actually on your neck just like a hearing last and turn your head that way way way polls you guys for one second as we have a question for open a friend like tip tell me don't show the back of the hand so what do you think about when new shipping rings, injuries and something it's better to have a break and that's also having her whose experience being a model in this world too because the back of the hand is distracting if it's lit and it's just like that it's better one has turned away and softer is more feminine that way than that way good question thank you that's getting their guys where I like the most in terms of feeling look at the feeling with her eyes closed and with the eyes open you feel too big, big it's a huge huge difference so you try to find an emotion here so don't want a job we're gonna brief us about gang the technique down I'm not gonna handle on that part now we could fix that it was going to turn the skew away from what the focus is today to being a typical class we could very easily go in and take a meter reading and get it right, but I don't want to focus on that now because that part's easy the hard part isn't getting her right don't you to focus on getting the energy from her? Forget for the moment about all the technique about it that part's easy to fix the hard part is learning how to communicate with her and get a great shot the other part's easy yeah first hand and pull down further where it's not quite done here young touching and then look back that closure even with this and imply touch is stronger then the actual touch she's about to test the hearing versus touching the yeah no that's beautiful guys that's beautiful yeah I'm talking to you know keep it in the light where more coming this way too hard on her hand oh yeah keep shooting as you got to do with making livermore dramatic keep shooting keep shooting wait until your head top your head towards me like this way relax, I guess we're just going to stop you right there for a second because this's what happens a lot and I don't like to do it chipping thing with us the back to the camera with a monitor it's still chipping I want you to get away from that and go off the feeling because if you every time if you're stopping to look at the monitor, look in the back of the camera you're taking the angie away from her and the communication yes, they engaged with her the entire time so after that first time you look at your camera and see the image and you know that you have what you want technically worry about predicting refer for the rest of it because you want to keep that energy going if you stop and break it it's like starting all over again each frame stop over and stop all over when you finally get into space you want to keep her there because it's all about these small subtle movements she'd like to be right there to stop and look at the monitor well the back of the camera and she's like uh yeah that's that's all over again I'm so keep her engaged pretty smooth yeah looks uh bearing turn just find that perfect john that the beer over four second spot way that's not stop for one second way had a question for second so I won't take that question like small change swell actually question bring us well does your camera have gps actually yes that's cold moving I nine does gps is amazing do you have a question? I know I did have a question from can be a patrice do the same model requirements that you talked about hold true for fragrance as as we're talking ads attacking absolutely absolutely that's still within the realm all of that all of that world from few working in this space that cosmetic haircare skincare lotions, perfumes, jewelry all that met space of of of abuse so is it defined by beauty being defined by the space that you're shooting? Yeah essentials products our work that's thanks all those ads you see as you open a magazine for bankone prescriptives two beers diamonds all those ads a shot in this space for the most part with some small variations with most part they're all shot in this space and I had seen somebody asked if if beauty was in and of itself a career that you could pursue perhaps absolutely okay anybody thinks about fashion and usually use those words together but a fashion career can be altogether just fashion and a beauty career could be altogether just beauty and if you don't understand how that's a big industry but you think about it what's beauty lotions, soaps, cosmetics, women what always do their hair and skin I mean nails no lipsticks mascara you name it goes on it's just so much work just in that world this entire career not only for the photographer before the model the girls would do all that work that's basically all they do. You have a great career just doing this. The girl has great skin and great hair she could have a great career just doing this. So learn how to do this kind of work this it's been official majorly so our main light is this little mirror we can change it around like I have gaffer tape on the mirror I can flip that around making anything I want, so I had different sizes or my mirror so also that light changes in terms of this is now the main light, so as john is the first time, johnson is also my assistants have worked for me for a long time, and they're good at keeping it in the same space because as you go closer or further way, that would change your exposure. But you'll learn how to do this as you do it more and more and more so. It's. This is, is hard work. It's hard with the assistant it's, hard for the morrow, hard for the photographer. But once you get together and all in sync, it's really quite beautiful, really beautiful, so again, just worry about working with her and politically as I want hear more communication as you talk to her and give us some place to go like parents using pictures of paris, right? You have an image of parents in your head, right? Think about that and let's pull that don't actually touch it right here in paris and you are way, way, way you turn your hand way good. Relax your way, way, way, way, way, way keep going, way back up.

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Ratings and Reviews

a Creativelive Student

This was more of a collaborative course with Matthew Jordan Smith and Yoanna House, and it is brilliant. I just finished watching this for a few hours straight. I own several Creative Live courses and this is definitely in my Top 3. Matthew's teaching style is so kind but to the point and informative. That's the kind of photographer I aim to be. He puts forth his knowledge here in a way that totally encouraged everyone involved. I loved Yoanna as well. She was very direct but friendly as well. I loved watching her direct the budding models and her experience showed quite well. This part is for John, the guy who commented on June 2017. I completely disagree with you that there were too many questions and that other people were talking much more than Matthew, and that that was a negative. Matthew's whole point was not just to get straight to shooting but to talk a bit about interacting with people in general. This wasn't just about technical stuff; this was about forming that connection between photographer and model/subject. This was as much psychology as it was about actual shooting, and I absolutely loved that. So I 100% strongly disagree with you as this is one of Creative Live's BEST courses that I've seen thus far. Thanks a ton, Matthew and Yoanna, and thanks so much again, Creative Live (I'm a huge fan of you guys!).

a Creativelive Student

So amazing !! Bought this and Lara jade Fashion Workshop and the 2 compliment each other really well. If you're interested in fashion photography these 2 courses are so inspiring. I Love the Matthews passion for the creative process, its inspiring and informative.

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