How to Shoot Models for Publication and Covers Workshop

It’s really exciting to have your work published in a magazine. Seeing it showcased by others after all your hard work producing it is quite validating. Having your work published frequently is even better. Seeing it on the cover of a magazine is as good as it gets. Actually having people hire you and throwing bags of money at you is pretty cool too.

Plenty of artists work towards the goal of having their images published and on the cover of a publication but not all manage this accomplishment.

Ever wonder what goes into selecting images for a publication or for a cover for a magazine?

There are so many different things that go into a publisher’s decision it would take at least a day to cover them all. So spend the day with Retro Lovely publisher and photographer Michael Bann and go deep inside the mind of someone who has spent more time than is healthy making those decisions.

Who is this workshop for? Photographers who are already shooting models as a hobby or as a business and have interest in getting their work placed in magazines.

What will the workshop cover? Whew, well, here’s just a few of the topics that will be discussed:

  • What does it mean to be internationally published?
  • All publications are not created equal
  • There are no good or bad photos
  • Common composition mistakes (this is the big one)
  • Trim and Bleed, not a barbering mishap
  • Resolution, why it does and doesn’t matter
  • The human eye is not the most capable imaging device, but it’s our benchmark
  • Print vs. displays
  • White balance and color correction – Consistency is King
  • Blown Highlights. Lost Shadows. Press Gain
  • Editing and retouching 
  • Research the market
  • Create your strategy 
  • Stack the deck
  • Working with models
  • The role of the stylist and how they can make or break you
  • and much much more

Michael Bann is the creator and publisher of Retro Lovely Magazine. He is also the principal photographer of Bann Photography – Devilbliss Studios. Michael’s credits reach beyond Retro Lovely however, having had his work featured on covers of international newsstand publications such as Street Chopper and The Horse as well as in others like Playboy, Spin, ‘Ol Skool Rodz and Alternative Press to name a few. His event coverage has found him shooting people such as Vice President Joe Biden, Former Secretary of State Madeleine Albright, Senator Nancy Pelosi, Motion Picture legend Julie Andrews, Patti LaBelle, Paris Hilton and others. Early in his career, surreal (pre-computer edited) photo-manipulations of his were used on dozens of CD album covers by the Cleopatra Records Label of California and photos of performers having been published in numerous music industry newsstand publications. He also provides freelance photography for one of the most largest high end retailers in the world. To say he knows a thing or two about imaging and publishing is an understatement.

Watch this video where Michael takes part in a group chat with New York City photographer Kent Miller and Adorama video content creator Daniel Norton Photographer talking on a wide array of topics.

The first workshop takes place at the Retro Lovely headquarters-studio in Pottsville Pennsylvania. This will be an all day event lasting at least 8 hours with a break for lunch. Light lunch from a nearby restaurant provided. As with past workshops discussions will very likely continue through this break, albeit less formal.

Each participant will get a full portfolio review and is asked to bring with them digital files for in-class critique. During the class we may stage some photography real time to illustrate some of the topics covered. If class participation reaches a certain threshold a model may be booked for this as well.

Those attending will also be provided at least 3 follow up consultations for future work and may also request guidance when planning sessions with an effort to produce cover-worthy imagery. It is the goal of the workshop to make this happen for everyone. You also get several digital files with which to hone your compositions for maximum benefit.

The goal of the workshop is to provide photographers with the tools and insights needed for them to produce work that gets an invitation to be featured on the cover of Retro Lovely and beyond.

Where? Retro Lovely Studios, Pottsville Pennsylvania

When? Saturday March 28th from 9AM until 5 PM

Fee? $250 per person. Deposits are $150

What to bring? A notebook or laptop for notes taking, an outline will be provided. Your portfolio in digital form for in-class critique. While the workshop isn’t conducting a full on photoshoot you can bring your camera and speedlights should you want any specific questions answered for your particular gear.

Ready to sign up? Use this form to claim your spot!