The other day, I stopped in at a free flash photography class in a Manhattan camera store. More than flash, I learned about how not to treat the people I photograph. Here’s a telling moment from the class:
Photography Instructor: Shoot her from here.
Model: Shoot me?
Photographer: Yes, shoot you. We’re both going to. The two us are going to shoot you at the same time.
Student photographer: Nervous laugh.
Photographer: Okay. Let’s go. To model. Don’t screw up.
Photo turns out okay, not what the instructor was going for.
Photographer: Self effacingly to audience. In studio photography, if something goes wrong, blame the model!