Beginners Guide to Photography

Do you want to take better photos for your modelling application and portfolio? Are you a new model who wants to create a spectacular portfolio to catch interest?

Well, we’re glad you’ve landed on this page! Models Direct has a lot of content covering what it means to take a good headshot and full-length body shot when submitting your modelling application, and for any future work, you might want to include in your portfolio.  

Improve your understanding of photographing your best self and the quality of your images with our touchpoints right here:

What is a modelling headshot?

To start with, modelling headshots concentrate on both the face and body. Agencies want to see you in your most natural way and preferably at all angles to get a better understanding of how you picture. It’s also good to bear in mind that new models should stay true to their uniqueness and what makes them who they are. This means avoiding influence from other models by imitating them. Agencies don’t want to have another model who is just like someone else. They want a fresh face who has something different to bring to the table.  

Is it better to have a professionally photographed modelling headshot?

All models need a clear high-quality headshot for their portfolio but we do have new models ask whether it should be taken by a professional. Most will be glad to hear that it doesn’t need to be thus saving time to look for someone and costs. Models can take it themselves or if this proves a little tricky then a friend or relative. 

Keep your lens clean 

If you want a crisp look, whether you’re using a camera or a phone to take your snap, your lens must be clean. Sometimes this point is overlooked where unwanted fingerprints, dust and marks leave the quality of pictures being produced questionable. If you tend to clean yours with any handy fabric that’s on standby be sure to invest in a microfibre cloth that can swipe away all the lens debris you can think of!

Avoid filters 

Our phones and cameras have a plethora of capabilities and as tempting as it might be to activate a face correction option or filters, avoid them at all costs. They might be fun, refreshing and define your look, but filters can mislead others who are interested in your look. You want to look as you do in your portfolio as you do in real life otherwise you could jeopardise your chances of landing an assignment. 

Capture the natural light 

When taking your images, you want to ensure that you are in a well-lit area – nothing overly bright nor dull. You will want a happy medium where your shots are not compromised because of the intensity of the lighting. Your images shouldn’t be blinding or make your eyes squint so ensure that you pick up the light in the best way. Also, be careful with using the flash capability if you are trying to compensate for the lack of light. It can often cause images to appear different to reality which won’t be a good starting point for your portfolio.  

The takeaway 

Your portfolio doesn’t have to include run of the mill images; you can capture fascinating snaps that will really grab attention. Remember we wrote about modelling poses? You can always practise iconic model looks and then take your images from an unusual angle or location. Clients want to see how diverse you are as a model, not someone who is frozen and emotionless. Captivating your emotions is incredibly moving so get practising with different poses. Clients want you to tell their story perhaps through your expressions, acting skills or promotional skills. Getting your images perfect will increase your chances of being called and booked for an assignment should a client call for your look. 

Create images that go beyond what everyone else has done out there and get heads turning with our tips!