Strike A Pose – Model Photography Posing Tips

One of the toughest challenges that most photographers face today is posing their subject properly. Regardless of how much experience you possess in the field of photography when a model steps in front of your lens for the first time, he/she will need your instructions and direction. Therefore, it calls for your professionalism and expertise to give proper guidance and ensure that you produce quality images. There is nothing as shameful as a silent photographer and a clueless model. As a photographer, your entire team and clients depend on you hence you have the obligation to produce the best results. Therefore,here are top four model photography posing tips.

Posture

In most cases, it is vital to practice a good posture by keeping a straight back and shoulders held up. If you bow, you will cause your stomach area to not only appear large but will also create a dismal and somber mood. Nonetheless, if the image is intended to be used in creating more stylish or editorial features, it is advisable to use the so-called “bad posture” since it creates a more eye-catching image. Furthermore, it is recommended to conduct a comprehensive research beforehand and develop a good plan. Pull those inspirational poses and ads that you identify in your research.

Breathe and smile

You always want to achieve a natural and relaxed pose from your subject. Hence, it is imperative to develop a good rapport with them so as to put them at ease. When aI model has a good rapport with you and sees the exact thing that you intend to get, then she will do her best. Tell her the thing she loves and be sure to see more light in her eyes that lead to better expressions and natural smiles. Furthermore, it is advisable to remind them to breathe so that they depict a relaxed look in their eyes. To achieve more control of the model, it is recommended to make use of professional footrest to provide the necessary support.

Arms and legs

When the model stands naturally, one thing she will do is put their hands flat on their sides. This makes the model look awkward and uncomfortable when posing for the photo. Furthermore, when the model presses her hands against their torso, the arm appears squished out making it appear larger than it is. Therefore, it is advisable to keep your middle finger lower compared to the others as well as keeping them relaxed with a slight curve. Avoid clumping your fingers together and showing the back of your hand since they often appear big and ugly.

Body

You have the freedom to choose between full-length and seated portraits. Hence, you can opt to try some shots with the model standing and try to adjust her eye direction, head direction, and her whole body either leaning against a wall or when independently up standing. Moreover, when the model is seated, it is advisable to use a posing stool that can rotate as well as adjustable in height to be able to capture different angles of the model`s face. For a more creative portrait, experiment with both high and low angles, mouth open and closed, eyes up and down, slight smiles and big grin.

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You Wanted It. You Got it. More About My Bean Bag

Welcome back to the Dartco Media! We are very excited to be posting another blog post. This time we wanted to talk a little bit more about our gigantic bean bags. Interestingly enough, we had a lot of people ask us about our giant bean bags from our last post about it.

It’s funny. Even though we’re a web design and SEO company, people are asking us about our office furniture. Anyway, if that’s what you want to hear more about then that’s what we’ll talk about.

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You can see ours at the Giant Bean Bags Blogspot – Gigantic and see that they are extremely comfortable and we’re really happy that the cover is machine washable. I accidentally spilled coffee on it a couple weeks ago and it looked terrible. Obviously you don’t want to be a coffee stain on your nice new gigantic bean bag. So, since the cover is machine washable I took thing off and try to put in the washing machine.

Now, this cover will not fit in a regular size washing machine like the one I have at home for my laundry. But, you can just take it to machine washing location nearby and watch it there. I did want to point out that, yes, the cover is machine washable for this bean bag, but your regular clothes washer at home is probably too small for it. That is, unless you have one of the smaller bean bags. We have the 8 foot bean bag, the largest one that they sell, so the cover is pretty huge even when you take it off of the bean bag.

Anyway, other than the minor bit of difficulty we have a washing it, I’m very happy with the bean bag. It’s very comfortable and I can always lounge around on him when I’m tired of sitting in my office chair. If I was sitting all day, it’s nice to just go over to bean bag and lie face down on it and I can still work on my laptop. See more here: https://giantbeanbagsblog.wordpress.com/

It’s a great way to change position so that I don’t get stiff and start to hurt my back and neck. has been very useful for giving me an alternate place to do work without having to stop what I’m doing. I can just take my laptop over to the bean bag and lie down on it on my stomach, or on my side, and I can continue to work. I can continue to dictate articles like I’m doing now!

I’m very happy with our purchase of these Giant Bean Bags and if you have any questions about this gigantic bean bag or any other aspects about our business please don’t hesitate to leave a comment below and let us know.

SEO: Content, Onpage, Usability, and Mobile

One of the most interesting aspects of web design is something that is usually hand it off to be outsourced: SEO. SEO, short for search engine optimization, is the practice of doing things to your website so that it can rank highly in the search engines for particular keywords.

Content

There are various things you can do to properly optimize your website. One of the best things to do with have great content. Having good content means that it will get shared among a lot of people and that will help your ranking tremendously. SEO is not just about what you do to your website, but how people interact with what is on your website. Having lots of images and video is useful because that’s what people like to share people. Videos can be shared on YouTube. Pictures can be shared on image sharing websites like Imgur, Flickr, or Pinterest. Once you have the good content in place so you can go ahead and start to do your on-page SEO.

On Page SEO

The one thing that you want to get first correctly is the title. The title of your page or blog post is very important as it tells what you are page is about. Another thing that is very important for your on-page optimization is the URL. The URL also tells what that particular page is about. The third most important thing for on-page SEO is the keyword appearing in your content. You want to have the keyword appear in your content, but not too much. You don’t want to do keyword stuffing. Putting keywords a bunch of times in your content unnaturally will likely get you penalized. Also, you are making it unpleasant for the user. The user is very important when it comes to SEO. If your website is difficult to use or read then it will harm your websites’ rankings.

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Usability is Key

The search engines are favoring usability more and more. If you think about it, the whole point of having a search engine and so the people can use your website properly. Whether they want to watch a video, read your blog post, or anything else, they need to be able to do it without too much difficulty. Check out and example here: http://helmuthamptontampaseo.weebly.com/

Mobile SEO

Because usability is so important, Google has recently updated its algorithms so that mobile-friendly sites are ranked higher. This makes perfect sense as there are many people who are now accessing Google and website through their mobile devices.

If a website isn’t mobile-friendly, then it is very difficult to use and that interferes with the user experience. The search engines top priority is to give people the best user experience. The search engine that does that will have the best results and have the most people using it.

This is why Google is the most popular search engine. They have the most advanced search algorithm that filters out drunk and give people what they want. They were alive a lot on how the user interacts with the content and social signals.

See Others’ Giant Bean Bags

Interested in buying a giant bean bag like one of the ones we have here at dark to medium? Feel free to check out the store where we bought ours. We included an article before showing which store we bought it from. But, now we want to make sure that you can check out all the other people who have bought giant bean bags from them.

Check out this Google doc and YouTube and see some of the other people that have bought bean bags and how they are using them. They have a lot of different sizes in a lot of different colors to match your space and decor. As long as you have enough room, I’m sure that you can find something that will fit your style.

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I highly recommend it as it’s extremely comfortable and is a great way to the relax on break, especially if you were working on a computer all day like we are.

Check out giant bean bags different places to be found online and share your experience!

Search Engine Optimization and Dartcomedia

While web design is our bread and butter, setting up a site with good search engine optimization, also called SEO, will help with visibility. When someone googles your company name you want to be sure that you are one of the top results. Otherwise, people looking for you might go to your competitor instead! People in Tampa, FL are searching every day for your local business so make sure they can find you.

SEO

SEO for your website is very important because it tells the search engines what you website is about. This is how they know what keywords to show your site for. Here are some ways to use SEO to show the search engines what you site is about.

Title

The title of your page is a really important factor for optimizing your site. It is one of the main indicators as to what that particular page is about. Each page on your website can have it’s own title. Another reason your title is important for SEO is because it is what shows up in the search results. When you search something, the results that come up always show your title, url, and description. The link that you actually click is the title, so you want to make sure it clearly tells searchers what you site is about and is compelling enough to make them want to click to learn more about you.

URL

Each page of your website can have its own URL. The url, like the title, is another way of letting people (and Bing/Yahoo) know what that particular page is about. Many people make their url similar to their title tag, just with hyphens to separate each word. http://helmuthampton.com/

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Description

The meta description of your page is a brief description of your page that also shows up in the search results page. While you can make your description as long as you want, only 156 characters (including spaces) with actually show up in the results. You can use SEO tools to optimize this aspect of your meta data. Anything after that will be cut off, so make sure you use this space wisely. It is your chance to let people know a little more detail about what that page is about so they can make the decision to click it or not.

Content

Another important factor of your SEO is to make sure you have good, compelling content. Your content should be interesting enough so that people will share it and link back to it as this helps the search engines know that people like your article and you write good, interesting material. Also, people will find your content naturally through their friends and give you more visitors to your site.

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SEO Done Right

If you would like to have proper SEO implemented on your web site, you can contact us today. Our Tampa SEO firm will prepare a specialized quote for you. Every site is different, so depending on the current condition of your site and other factors, there can be a great variance of the amount of work that needs to be done. So, feel free to check out his YouTube SEO channel, or fill out our form with no obligation and let us show you how we can help with your search engine marketing.

Working | Make the Most of Your Home Office with Bean Bags

How do you get the most out of your design ideas? One key way to to make sure that your work area is set up properly. Many people overlook this because their home is also where they live, but we’ll look at some tips and how the make the most of your home office.

Clean Up

home office cleanupAlways be sure to clean up your work area. This small effort put forth every day will ensure that you are not distracted by unnecessary messes when you are trying to focus. Concentrating on something already takes willpower. So, by forcing yourself to not look at a messy desk that bothers you and just bucle down and get your work done usually doesn’t work. Nothing goes more quickly out the window than creativity when stress creeps up. Keep your surroundings tidy and your brain will thank you.

Furniture

We have found that the extra time and attention given to cleaning up around the office and picking out attractive and comfortable furniture are extremely helpful. This helps because the work we do is largely creative and when you’re dealing with creativity, your brain needs to be functioning at its best. You can’t be thinking about how uncomfortable your chair is. You can’t be groaning at how ugly the couch across the room is, either. You want something both pleasant to look at and comfortable.

giant-bean-bagsWe use a giant bean bag from Giant-Bean-Bags.com. They have the really big bean bags that are very high quality. The outside shell is made of high quality faux suede material and the inside stuffing is made of foam shreds that are way more comfortable than beans or beads. This is a great way to take a break. Just plop down on one of these bean bags to give your back some rest, do some thinking, and before you know it, you’re ready to get going again.

Dress Code

dress codeAnother important way to make you get the most out of yourself is to dress the part. If you are working from a home office, there may be temptation to just roll out of bed and do your work in your pajamas or your sweatpants. While it’s good to be comfortable, this can really take a toll on your creativity.

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Recent studies have shown that how you dress affects your overall performance. They tested two groups of people. One group was allowed to wear normal clothes and given certain tasks “scientific” tasks like filling tubes, and counting things out, etc. The other group was assigned to do the same thing, expect they were given white lab coats to wear. The result? The group wearing the lab coats performed their tasks more efficiently and with fewer mistakes than their more casually dressed counterparts. This shows that what you wear can have a big effect on how you act, the decisions you make, and the quality of your work.

 

All in all, we can see that everything from our tidiness, our furniture, and our clothes all effect us on the inside and, as a results, the quality of our work. If your work is important to you then: 1) clean up, 2) make sure you have a comfortable huge bean bag to relax on, and 3) dress appropriately for the work you’re doing.

 

Welcome to Dartco Web Design

website about fitnessWelcome to the new web design for Dartco Media. We are the web super ninja that specializes in designing quality websites for sports arenas and professional athletes. If you are interested in starting a new site or doing a redesign of you current website, feel free to contact us.

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Our specialty is designing web sites for sports and fitness related themes such as pro athlete websites, supplement and nutritional websites, fitness magazines, and sports events websites. We work to create a sense of action and precision that is always present with professional athletic events and courses. Be sure to check back soon for our gallery of web designs.