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The Heart and Soul of Model Photography

Secrets, Tips, and Tales from an LA Insider

Py Pai

 It’s Been a Wild Ride in LA LA Land
 Abundant Insights and Tips

Chapter 1   Model Photography is Art, a Craft, an Endeavor

1.1   The Prismatic Facets of Model Photography
1.2   Make Model Photography Work For You
1.3   This Model Photography Journey is Full of Gems
1.4   How to Get The Most Out of This Journey

* Model Photography Methodology Chart

Chapter 2   Models, Where Art Thee?

2.1   Models Are The Heart of Your Model Photography
2.2   There Are Many Types of Models
2.3   There Are Even More Model Types
2.4   What Are The Common Traits of Great Models?

Chapter 3   Where and How to Find Models to Work With

3.1   Seven Ways to Find Models Online
3.2   Four Plus Places to Find Models in Person
3.3   How to Approach Models For Better Engagements
3.4   What Types of Photos Are Models Most Interested in?
3.5   Who Pays Whom?
3.6   Six Ways I Got to Work with Many Top-Tier Models

Chapter 4   Assemble Your Photo Shoot Building Blocks

4.1   Six Ways of Location Scouting
4.2   Pay Extra Attention to Location Details
4.3   Build / Rent / Find an Indoor Studio – Eight Ways
4.4   Do Your Evaluation Before Commit
4.5   Pro Makeup and Hair Can Instantly Upgrade Your Photos
4.6   Wardrobes Define Your Photo Stories

Chapter 5   Plan Like a SEAL Before The Shoot

5.1   Have a Full Ownership Mindset
5.2   Establish Your Photo Shoot Production Composition
5.3   Synchronize Everyone With Your Concept Plan
5.4   A Pre-Shoot Confirmation is a Must

Chapter 6   Manage Your Shoot Sessions For The Win

6.1   How to Make a Magical Start
6.2   Manage The Crowd
6.3   Complete Makeup And Hair, And Wardrobe Selection
6.4   Decide Your Shoot Approach
6.5   Orchestrate The Four Shooting Stages’ Energy Levels
6.6   Set Proper Delivery Expectations

Chapter 7   Sharpen Your Camera and Lighting Skills

7.1   Let’s Talk About Cameras and Lenses
7.2   Let’s Talk About The Exposure Triangle
7.3   Simplify Your Exposure Triangle
7.4   Be a Lighting Designer

Chapter 8   Tame Your Artificial Lighting

8.1   The Exposure Diamond
8.2   The “ASIF” Technique
8.3   Enter The World of Off-Camera Lighting
8.4   There Are Many Lighting Recipes
8.5   Shape Your Light with Practical Lighting Tools

Chapter 9   The Good, The Bad, and The OMG Lighting Conditions

9.1   Yay! It’s The Most Friendly Natural Light Condition
9.2   Ugh! It’s an Unfriendly Natural Light Condition
9.3   Hmm, How to Shoot in Tricky Natural Light Conditions
9.4   Oops! There is No Natural Light Now
9.5   Cool! There is Window Light in The Room
9.6   Eureka! Play with Lighting For Creativity

Chapter 10   Unlock Models’ Inner Supermodels

10.1   Achieve The Three C-Levels of Model Posing
10.2   Begin With Best Angle and Posing Assessment
10.3   When and How to Coach Your Model
10.4   Direct by Verbal Cues, Often
10.5   Give Her Constant Feedback and Positive Energy

Chapter 11   Creates Sophisticated Visuals with Articulated Posing

11.1   Let Her Eyes Speak – Anchoring The Shot
11.2   Let Her Expressions Tell – Setting The Mood
11.3   Let Her Poses Show – Making Photos Spellbinding
11.4   Let Her Actions Play – Adding Visual Accents

Chapter 12   Define Your Idiosyncrasy

12.1   How to Create Your “It” Shots
12.2   Become a Visual Design Virtuoso
12.3   Create a Visual Tour with VLLs

Chapter 13   How to Make Your Photos More Eye-Catching

13.1   Think Outside The Box With Ten Compositions
13.2   Ten Ways to Make Your Subjects Pop

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13.3   Use Sets to Enhance Your Story-Telling
13.4   Add Props to Accent Your Photos

Chapter 14   Finish The Job And Accomplish Your Mission

14.1   Make a No-Brainer Backup Routine
14.2   Be a Creative Partner by Providing Proofs
14.3   Work That Post-Processing Wizardry
14.4   Make Your Photos More Useful in Sixteen Ways

Chapter 15   Meet The New Kids on The Block – Mobile and BTS

15.1   Phone Cameras Entered The Room
15.2   Five Ways to Do Mobile Photography Lighting
15.3   See It As a Model Photographer
15.4   Add Behind-The-Scene (BTS) Content to Your Mix
15.5   Work Your BTS Post-Production Magic

Chapter 16   Grow Your Brand with Persona, Promotion, and Protection

16.1   Define The Core of Your Brand
16.2   Build Your Brand
16.3   Perform SWOT Analysis
16.4   Personal Marketing is About Passion
16.5   Balance The Three Pillars of Service Transactions
16.6   Take Care of Accounting and Taxes
16.7   Keep in Mind Twelve Legal Related Matters

Chapter 17   Construct Your Brand Empire

17.1   Build Your Online Mother Ship Website
17.2   Use Many Free Bells And Whistles
17.3   Play The Social Media Game
17.4   Build Those Crucial Professional Relationships
17.5   Lastly, Some “Preaching”

Chapter 18   Raise Your Model Photography Bar

18.1   Keep Growing – Looking Inside
18.2   Keep Growing – Surveying Outside
18.3   Keep Growing – Bonding With People
18.4   Create Your Masterpieces
18.5   Postscript: Share Your Thoughts and Suggestions

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