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Volume shooting doesn’t mean you shoot willy-nilly and indiscriminately hold down the shutter release button. Rather, it’s about getting the most frames out of the most usable moments that your model gives you.

So what’s a good pose? I personally like movement, creating symmetry, shapes, framing the face, elongating the body, and more.

The three adjectives above are how I think about “rules” that govern the “game”. The game could be anything from photography in general to lighting or even the specifics of photography as a business.

As much as I like black and white (B&W) images, there are a few instances when it’s a terrible idea to go B&W with your color image.

Damn it! Damn it! Damn it! That’s what I said after seeing the images on my camera when I didn’t pay attention to my background exposure

I didn’t really shoot film. Sure I had a 35mm film camera like everyone else. As a kid I had my negatives developed at the local camera store or sometimes at the supermarket. Never spent any time in a dark room

The problem with the light meter is that it’s often used as a crutch for weak lighting knowledge and lack of situational awareness. When you depend on a device to tell you if you’ve exposed a scene properly, you’re relying on a set of numbers rather than your own vision and judgment.

This article is written by a member of our expert community. It expresses that member’s views only. We welcome other perspectives. Here’s how to contribute to MM EDU. I had a conversation with a fellow photographer recently and I realized a few things about skin-processing techniques that I wasn’t consciously aware of. Imagenomics Portraiture, frequency-separation, [...]

A couple of years ago I rented a studio from a veteran photographer. When I finished shooting my first set with the model, this photographer approached me and suggested I needed to give my model more feedback. He demonstrated by shooting a few frames.

For the record, I’m a sucker for brunettes, but blondes photograph fantastically in B&W, especially if they have highlights, for the following reasons.