It is said that the camera never lies but is it really the truth?
A professional photographer, especially a model photographer or portrait photographer can hide or expose the truth and the lies in any picture. Photo Shooting for a professional photographer is part of the process that becomes a work of art and what is seen or created through the lens can be something beautiful that is not actually real.
Playing with light, playing with colour, playing with contrast are all things a professional model photographer can and will do. Knowing how to get the magic out of a face or a location is what they do best, a sunset or a sunrise, overcast or clear sky, a beach or a mountain range what is there where the photo is taken may not be what becomes the end result. The camera doesn’t lie, it takes what it sees but the photographer can alter things and create and alternate truth for the audience to see.
Reflection and shadow can change everything in model photography, even in a photo studio, and it is mastering this that moves a photographer from snap taker to artist. Having a little bit of patience or knowing just when to press the button to open and close the shutter is the craft of a professional photographer who seen at work by others is a work of art in itself.
With model photography the photographer and the subject need to be at ease with each other and some kind of sixth sense needs to and often will exist for the very best shots of people. The craft is more than just sitting a person in the right light with the right props or scenery, the craft of a professional photographer is capturing the moment with emotion and senses other than the eyes.
Take for example a photographer in Mexico, he will instinctively know what makes Mexico work and will know how to extract all the senses from a setting with his subject. It is something inside the person that few will understand that produces the results that an audience, whether looking at a framed portrait in a gallery or flicking through the pages of a glossy fashion magazine, will stop, ponder and appreciate.
The balance between model and photographer creates a new truth that the camera cannot lie about and never will. What an audience sees in a final photograph is real, true is may have been touched up digitally, but in essence the truth is always seen or the truth an audience is asked to see is seen.
Professional photography, especially model photography and portrait photography is so much more than just as person with a camera, a model sat in a chair and a stroke of luck that the shutter opens at the right time. Once one appreciates the craft behind a photograph the image is appreciated that bit more and the intrigue in the faces in the photo is that little bit deeper.