In 2003 I graduated from Mumford high school which is located on the northwest side of Detroit Michigan. In early October of 2015 I was given the great opportunity to shoot Mumford's annual homecoming football game. This year they played Renaissance high school which is located just a few miles away from Mumford.
For this event I took a monopod my Sony A7 and Sony a99. I mostly shot with the 85mm f1.4 sigma which meant most of this time on the Sony a99 in the 135mm /f.1.4 ZA which spent most of its time on the Sony a7 via a LAEA 4 adapter.
By no means am I a sports photographer, but some of the shots I think came out extremely well given that I do not have anywhere near the right equipment to shoot a football game. Any sports photographer would have nothing less than a 70-200mm one there camera. The longest focal length I had was a 135mm prime lens.
Unfortunately, Mumford lost 6-0 to Renaissance. It was kind of depressed given that the Mumford defense played an astounding game. They forced the fumble, made an interception and added a couple of 3 and outs. The biggest problem was the Mumford offense. They had a very difficult time moving the ball down the field. They even missed a field goal opportunity.
Regardless of the result what surprised me was how well the Sony a7 with 135mm did in capturing action shots. I may just try to shoot another high school football game this year.
I think it is clear the Sony a7 cameras can keep up when it comes to sports.
No matter what kind of modeling you do or what level you may be at, there are certain characteristics that make for a great model of which any photographer will want to work with over and over again.
Models that have good attitudes helps to create a environment in which the photographer and model will want to give their best. Having a good personality and being interested in the photo session helps to demonstrate a positive attitude. Your photographer will feed off of this you will find that the final images will reflect a positive attitude will part of photographer and model.
2. Being on time
No matter how many blogs or advice articles you read being on time for a photo session is a significant concern among models and photographers. I have had models who have showed up more than 45 min. late for a photo session or canceled at the last minute. This can kill a reputation in a second of any model. If the photo session happens after one of the parties being late it can affect the overall environment of the photo session. It is always suggested to make every possible attempt to get to a photo session on time.
Most models have a lot of experience in front of the camera. Posing should be second nature to a model. Many photographers doing portrait or fashion sessions will simply shoot away while giving little direction between burst of shots. A model should be able to move from pose to pose very quickly without much direction. This is a skill that is developed with experience.
4. Wardrobe and makeup
If you were shooting with a photographer to help build your portfolio or your photographer's you will probably need to provide your own wardrobe and makeup. This is actually a very handy skill to have. Every photographer will not have access to a makeup artist or designer. So being able to provide these things on your own can be a big help for the success of any photo session. One of the lashes that I've done I asked the model to bring two outfits and she brought four. This allowed us to get a better variety of really good photos.
5. Taking direction
During the course of a photo shoot a photographer will give out instructions to the model. The photographer has the perspective of knowing how the image should look. From how the subject to the background and everything in between should work in a image. If the instructor is reasonable then it is a good idea to follow it to the best of your ability. If the instruction is given that makes a model uncomfortable the model should communicate this to the photographer.
6. Good communicator
Photo sessions work because the photographer and model are talking to each other. It is always a good idea to get to know your photographer or engage with them in positive conversation to develop a good working relationship before the photo shoot begins. This helps to create a positive environment. Maintaining good communication during a photo shoot is extremely important. The model should ask questions whether they are related to the photo shoot or not. It helps to create confidence in the model and it reassures the photographer that the model is engaged in the photo session.
Creativity should exist on both sides of the camera. Two creative minds during a photo shoot is better than one. Coming up with good ideas whether it is posing, choice of location, type of outfit or makeup etc. is something that is always appreciated. A single idea whether it's from the photographer or model could potentially create an exciting and stunning image.
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