Model to Model

Posted on February 6, 2012


A few days ago, a new group on Facebook was created by Jennifer Krajewski called the “Model to Model” group. This is the first stage of starting up a non-profit foundation to be a professional organization aimed at helping people getting started in modeling, with the intention of providing a form of legitimate and on-going training with practical experience, mentoring from more experienced members, and some form of safety structure based on experiences of the membership with various photographers and organizations. The group is made up of models, or people interested in modeling, 14 years of age or older from Indiana (or close by). This includes models of all types from fashion, commercial, art, hand modeling, or any other type of modeling. To quote the founder, Jennifer Krajewski, “I am sick to death of seeing our models being taken advantage and manipulated. In this day and age, that should not be acceptable. It is time that models stand as one and support each other.” One of the members of the group, Amber Thomas, says she expects the group to be a place to make some serious modeling connections. She also plans on using the group as a way to find photographers who are serious about their photography and not just GWCs (Guy/Gal with Camera). Another member, Lisa Gonzales, said of the group, “I think it will be a learning experience, positive and informative. It will help models understand themselves and the industry better.” Mrs. Krajewski has also said that she hopes that the group will participate with other civic activities helping out the various communities around Indiana in addition to helping just the models.

Next is the formation of monthly meetings where special training sessions and discussions with key industry people occur. The first meeting in Indianapolis will be on February 19th. The initial meeting will cover posing, and allow models to meet one another to network in person. Planning is being done for other meetings around the state for areas other than Indianapolis. Also in the works are limited model and photographer photo shoots where the membership puts what they have learned to use under actual photo shoot situations with professional photographers.

Longer term, it is hoped that Model to Model can be taken from this meeting and Facebook type group to a non-profit professional organization dedicated to the interests of models. This would include forming a scholarship trust, opportunities for representation, and possible travel opportunities.

Disclaimer: Jennifer Krajewski is my wife.

<img class=”alignright” title=”Mariah bokeh image” src=”; alt=”Mariah bokeh image” width=”200″ height=”300″ />Bokeh is a word that many photographers use. But, are they using it correctly? It is a word used to describe the quality of the blur you get from a specific lens. Some people pay a lot of money for a lens with good bokeh – but is it really noticeable?  To me, it is. Take for instance, the image at the right. The blur on the image is created only by the lens – none of it is photoshop. What do you think of it? I have a bigger copy of the same image on my <a title=”Link to Mariah bokeh image – her face” href=”; target=”_blank”>Flickr</a>. If you look carefully, you can see the focus plane extends from the top of the model’s head to the bottom. But, that isn’t what we are interested. Instead, look at how the blur occurs over the skin closer and further away as it moves further out of focus. That blur is the bokeh.

The other type of bokeh is the type that talks about how bright light is rendered when it is out of focus. Most often, any lights that are out of focus render as spots based on the blades of the aperture. A few images are posted below. One of the interesting effects that you see with highlights or hot spots with mirror lenses is a “ring” effect bokeh (often referred to as a “doughnut” by those who own them).  An example of this can be found on Mike King’s Flickr page of a <a title=”Wind board surfer with doughnut highlights” href=”; target=”_blank”>wind board surfer</a> on the ocean. But, this isn’t the bokey we will be showing how to photograph in this blog entry.

Instead, we will be working with a regular lens type of bokeh and how it reproduces dots of light. There are two things we will be doing to ‘create’ a bokeh.

The first is taking and bluring the lights, most often Christmas lights (or similar types of point source lights), in the background. You will need a relatively large aperture lens – something with F2, F1.8, or larger. The easiest way to do this  method is creating a setup with the lights in a dark area behind your subject about 10-15 feet. I recommend doing this at night when it is dark out. The second is illuminating your subject from the sides (maybe a 45 degree angle from the front) so that you don’t light up where the Christmas lights are located. Key to this is keeping the aperture wide open at first, and then play with the aperture of the lens to get just the right amount of blur you want on the Christmas lights. Depending on the focal length and the distance to your subject, the amount of blur will be different. A note on cheaper lenses, the shape changes from a circle to a shape with the number of blades (typically five or seven) you have making up the aperture in your lens because the aperture isn’t perfectly round at the smaller sizes.  Some examples of this are below.

The second technique builds on this one by creating a mask of a specific shape to put on the front of your lens like a filter. By doing this, the shape of the lights then becomes that shape. Some of those are below.

All information and images are ©2012 Don Krajewski on this post.


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