Model Advice ( Part 4 )

Testing and Portfolios for Models In this the final (most likely) part of "Model Advice ", I will discuss testing and portfolios for models. My thoughts on these two different modeling subjects are my own and are not written in stone. Every market is different, and has different needs. Just like every model is different and will have different experiences and needs. Some models are more commercial and some more editorial, some blur the lines and can do both with ease. The one common denominator is that all models need is to test,…Read more …

Koken, Website Publishing for Creatives.

A Review of Koken, a Responsive Website Platform for Photographers. Before I start my review of Koken I want to announce that the sixth version of paulkerins.com ( V6 ) is completed and is now live. All three sections, the main site, the blog, and the store have had been reworked or have been completely redone. The main site has the biggest change over all. I have moved it from a static html site to Koken a new content management system ( CMS ). Both my store and blog are already running different content…Read more …

Model Advice ( Part 3 )

Model Advice - Part Three I had wrote over 8000 words on this topic and broke it down into 5 or 6 posting and I tried to think of what information would be truly useful for newer models. I can only give advice based on my experience as a photographer who has worked extensively with models, both brand new models and seasoned pros. In researching this topic I realized that even though there is a lot of content out there on the internet much of it, is more or less completely useless. I…Read more …

Model Advice ( Part 2 )

Model Advice - Part Two There is a lot to cover and I spread it out over at least five postings. I am of course not a model, just a photographer who has at best been described as "ruggedly cute" and that will have to do. So what do I know about modeling and models you may ask. Although I have never modeled ( well once, but I was forced to and had no choice in the matter ), I have photographed thousands of models, casted thousands more, and booked and worked with…Read more …

Model Advice

Model Advice Part 1 I honestly could not tell you how many new models I have photographed, I have done thousands of model tests ( photo shoots ) with the majority of those tests being with models that just started, and on those shoots many of the girls have asked me for advice on what they should expect from the fashion industry, plus I have received many emails over the years from aspiring models, many whom wanted to work with me and some that were looking for some advice from a photographer's point…Read more …

Preserving the Photographer’s Rights to the Streets

Protecting Photographer's Rights I have noticed a disturbing trend in recent years of street photographers being harassed and even vilified, by individuals on the internet, in the media, by various police forces and governments around the world. I personally have been harassed, by the police, security guards, and even by just regular people on the street who thought I was photographing them just because my camera was pointed in their general direction. People have become more paranoid and aware of their surroundings in recent times, plus there have been many changes in society…Read more …

Masters of Photography

The Great Masters of Photography The people who shaped modern photography; master photographers who inspired and influenced the generations of photographers that followed them. When I first discovered photography, it was the craft of photography that I fell in love with, rather than the artistic aspects of photography. I appreciated a good photograph as well as anyone else, but for me at the time the process was more interesting than the actual images. It was the camera that interested me, I thought the mechanical aspect of photography was fascinating, plus the chemical side of…Read more …

Dealing with Creative Block

Understanding Creative Blocks and How to Overcome Them. You have heard of writer's block, when a writer struggles with getting his or her ideas down on paper. Every type of creative person goes though different cycles of creativity including times of great frustration where their creative juices do not flow at all or just barely trickles out. For visual creatives the term is more generic than it is for writers, it is called "creative block". The first time you experience a creative block can be quite unnerving. For most creative people, being creative…Read more …

Beauty Photography – Make-up & Hair, plus Point of View and What to Look For.

Beauty Photography – Part Four of Four Beauty Make-up and Hair Beauty photography is used to sell many things, make-up and hair products are the most common and usually the first thing that comes to mind, but beauty is used to sell much more than just cosmetics. Beauty is also used to sell brands, ideas, and ideals. There is a simple purity to beauty that sells. Think of all those famous advertising campaigns that you have seen using beauty photography to sell products like perfumes, jeans, bras, eyeglasses, or handbags, the list is…Read more …

Beauty Photography – Understanding Photogenic Beauty

Beauty Photography – Part Two of Four  A Eye for Photogenic Beauty I am not sure if having a eye for beauty can be learned, but I do think that by photographing enough people you can learn what traits are needed for someone to be considered photogenic. Some of the most physically beautiful women I've met have also been some of the least photogenic models I have photographed. Beautiful in person but flat in front of a camera. It is incredibly frustrating to have someone in front of your camera who is so…Read more …