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2011/04/07 13:55:39 (permalink)
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Fitness Photography - Expectations

I have posted this in the female foum but I want to get a male point of view
 
Good afternoon, 

As with most people these days, I'm into photography and I have been for quite a while (Since 2008/9). Over the last year or so; while getting myself into fitness and trying to get myself into shape, I've been fasinated by the physical form and I want to combine the two interests.

Therefore, I want to ask for those that do model/compete - Basically what do you look for in a photographer when it comes to taking you rpicture. I realise that anyone can take a picture but I want to be the one that does it well, that when you look at my pictures; you know that it is Bishop's style and I have a goal to eventually be involved in the fitness industry in this capacity.

What would make you approach a photographer
What would turn you away from a photographer
What would you expect a photographer to behave/be like?

I plan to be the following:

Respectful - I'm not just going to be a 'Guy with a camera' - I want it so that I always have good references

Collaborative - Your body is your 'Brand' - therefore I'm not going to release pictures that put you in a bad light.

Professional - I'm approaching this with a business focus and not just as a hobby, granted I'm still on the ground floor but I want to ensure that I'm doing it correctly - Doing my research so to speak.

Any other gems or considerations would be helpful - I hope a good debate can come from this

Thank you for your time.

Bisho
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    Gruffy
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    Re:Fitness Photography - Expectations 2011/04/07 14:00:08 (permalink)
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    The proof of the pudding is in the eating. I'd have thought a portfolio of strong images would be the biggest factor. I'd consider the other qualities you mention as a pre-requisite for achieving strong images. The professionalism (commercially speaking) is a pre-requisite for thriving, or at least staying in business.
    post edited by Gruffy - 2011/04/07 14:03:11
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    Re:Fitness Photography - Expectations 2011/04/07 18:57:28 (permalink)
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    Be aware that you are coming into an industry where 99% of people and editors, value a poor free image over a great one they have to pay for...My advice is that if you have a fulltime paid job, stick to it..in this day and age everyone is a photographer and the weekend warrior will now be using kit similar or better to the working professional due to the price reduction of quality digital kit. (in many instances you will also find that their skill level is as good if not better than some calling themselves 'professional')
    If you have any contacts in the industry other than knowing a couple of people that look great and will let you get a good portfolio together than it is a start, but it is one profession where who you know, probably more than what you know will help you get by.
    Not the view you sought from a fitness model, i realise, but from someone that has been working in the profession for the past 14 years.
    If you do decide to go for it, all the very best and I hope it works out, but remember a photo is not a necessity and as spare cash is harder to come by, then non essential items such as professional photo shoots that they have to pay for will not be on the list of priorities and those that are in great shape will also be offered TFCD /TFP shoots!
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    Re:Fitness Photography - Expectations 2011/04/07 19:04:43 (permalink)
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    You have to have great knowledge of equipment and Photoshop and Lightroom...etc.
     
    But after that..you have to have a stand above the crowd eye...everything after that you can leaen..I dont think you can learn creativity.
    All companies will base your work on a portfolio.
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    Re:Fitness Photography - Expectations 2011/04/07 22:17:24 (permalink)
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    Thanks for the comments so far, at the moment I'm just in the learning phase, honing my craft so to speak. I have a full time job and I plan to keep doing that. For now, it is a hobby and the need to create art and capture the form and figure.
     
    I'll keep practising and showcasing my work for others to look and critique. Maybe I should pop to more shows, get the ol camera clicking.
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    Re:Fitness Photography - Expectations 2011/04/08 11:14:56 (permalink)
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    cu3ed

    You have to have great knowledge of equipment and Photoshop and Lightroom...etc.

    But after that..you have to have a stand above the crowd eye...everything after that you can leaen..I dont think you can learn creativity.
    All companies will base your work on a portfolio.

     
     http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Nb9Oe83ruUw
     
    Some food for thought maybe??
     
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    The most important thing about goals is having one.
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    Re:Fitness Photography - Expectations 2011/04/08 11:45:49 (permalink)
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    In work and cant get the vid to play whats it about that food for thinking?
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    Re:Fitness Photography - Expectations 2011/04/08 12:05:20 (permalink)
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    A guy we watched in college a while back, explaining how creativity could be learned....

    The most important thing about goals is having one.
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    Re:Fitness Photography - Expectations 2011/04/08 12:15:50 (permalink)
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    Of course certain elements can be learned, but the general thought of what makes some poeple very good at it, and stuff they can try and learn are miles apart if you see the amount of portfolios I have seen, its probobly more evidant today than its ever been.
    With every person that gets digital camera suddenly calling themselves a photographer, everyone telling themselves they are a graphics deisgner cause they have a hooky copy od Photoshop etc. Theirs just some things you cant trian the creative eye in.
     
    If it was more likly it would more or less be a mandatory part of many advanced Graphic courses, indeed some courses given by the Adobe endorsed people ask to see you portfolio before you are accepted on the course, currently have a friend in England who had to give in his portfolio for a course in Maya with some of the poeple from Avatar teaching at it.
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    Re:Fitness Photography - Expectations 2011/04/08 12:24:57 (permalink)
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    In terms of bodybuilding I think a good understanding of the anatomy itself can really help show a person off in their best light. Roger Shelley is fabulous at explaining how to get the best out of posing and has taught many a bodybuilder how to show their physique off to it's maximum potential, including Paul George and those who know of Paul will know that he is one of the best on stage.
     
    An eye for detail as well as artistic skill
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    Re:Fitness Photography - Expectations 2011/04/08 19:30:52 (permalink)
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    kitty

    In terms of bodybuilding I think a good understanding of the anatomy itself can really help show a person off in their best light. Roger Shelley is fabulous at explaining how to get the best out of posing and has taught many a bodybuilder how to show their physique off to it's maximum potential, including Paul George and those who know of Paul will know that he is one of the best on stage.

    An eye for detail as well as artistic skill

    Thanks Kitty - You know that I was thinking the same thing, if you know how a muscle is generally formed and then by manipulating the light tlight to bring out the definition - you could really make the model body really pop on film. It's worth boning up on Grey's Anatomy :)
     
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    Re:Fitness Photography - Expectations 2011/04/08 20:33:46 (permalink)
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    Not as simple as an anatomy book though mate. Knowing how to twist the torso, turn the joints, angle of limbs etc etc. For example, the bicep peak becomes bigger by twisting the fist from the wrist towards the back
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    Re:Fitness Photography - Expectations 2011/04/08 22:59:15 (permalink)
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    In the past 2-3 years I have worked with several of the UK's top BBing and fitness photographers.  Some are better at certain types of photo than others.
    In the position I'm in I go mostly on their work and their reputation.  I get approached nearly every week by a new name and, unfortunately for them, now I have 4-5 that I regularly use, it's going to take something pretty special for me to even look elsewhere.
     
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    Re:Fitness Photography - Expectations 2011/04/09 19:05:56 (permalink)
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    Thanks for the comments, I know it take more than just reading. It's just an idea at the moment and its going to be for me, practise practise practise...:)
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