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In a photo what's the split between Photog and Model?
Old 06-06-2011, 02:16 AM   #1 (permalink)
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Okay, so I've been looking at some really decent work here and other places and I can't tell what the potential percentage split would be that 'makes' the photo? I mean, you need the good photographer to get the shot but you need the good model, too. So would this be a 50/50 split?

Oh and so as not to cloud the issue I'm not including MUA, Hair Stylist or Clothing or Set. If we start including these individuals the percentages get too confusing.

What do you think?
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Old 06-06-2011, 08:53 AM   #2 (permalink)
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I'd say in general it's 75% photographer, maybe more. Given enough of creative latitude, a good photographer can make a spectacular image of an unskilled, unattractive subject (model), but a gifted model can't do anything to make a poor photographer's image look good. If we're talking about a specific image design, then the balance is probably closer to 50/50.
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Re: In a photo what's the split between Photog and Model?
Old 06-06-2011, 07:00 PM   #3 (permalink)
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Okay, so I've been looking at some really decent work here and other places and I can't tell what the potential percentage split would be that 'makes' the photo? I mean, you need the good photographer to get the shot but you need the good model, too. So would this be a 50/50 split?

Oh and so as not to cloud the issue I'm not including MUA, Hair Stylist or Clothing or Set. If we start including these individuals the percentages get too confusing.

What do you think?
This is a very interesting question. At first read I would tend to agree with you but I can also see myself disagreeing. When I first started in photography and my directing and posing skills were lacking I sucked and my shoots were horrible and I actually paid for a good model to pose for me and it made a huge difference in the quality of my photos because the model knew what she was doing and how to pose which took that pressure off of me. I have always believed that one of the major differences between a good model and a great model is when a great model strikes a pose she owns the pose.

As my skills improved and I got better at choreographing and directing my shoots I began to see that it is the photographer who directs the shoot and who ultimately bears the responsibility for its success or failure which is as it should be. I don't think anyone has ever looked at a mediocre photo and thought to themself: "gee that model did a horrible job of it". Generally the comments are more along the lines of: :Gee, that photographer really screwed the pooch on that one".

Usually it is the photographer who initiates a shoot or whom a client contacts, not a model and so the responsibility falls to the photographer. For me I would have to say 80/20 or higher.
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