This week, the cast also learned all about Photoshopping and retouching. In the modeling industry, photo editing is not uncommon—in fact, it’s a popular tool. But who said popularity doesn’t come with a price? Yes, retouching photos is on the expensive side, so anything a model can do to lessen the photoshopping, the more the model is favored, and as a result, hired. In this week’s challenge, we met Anthony Del La Rosa, the director of New Faces at Next Model Management. Meeting Anthony is a huge deal, so it’s necessary, in my opinion, to leave a great impression.
For the challenge, each of us had to take digital photos with the OPPO phone in Ultra HD for our "comp cards." A comp card is comparable to a model’s business card. On it, you have a headshot, full-body shot, and your information. Comp cards need to be eye-grabbing because they are the first (and sometimes the only) thing a booker will look at.
During the shoot, our wardrobe was nothing but gray underwear. For digital pictures, you want to wear basic, non-distracting clothing. The point of a digital picture is you. Meaning, be as simple and natural as possible. But in the modeling industry, “natural” always has a loop hole. Each of us had to select the photos ourselves, retouch, recolor, and resize them. Let me just say, I never knew how much work actually went into retouching to get the “perfect shot.” From editing tattoos, contouring, lightening the eyes, erasing dark circles, making pimples vanish, slimming down, stretching out, filling in hair…my mind is blown! For my headshot, I lightened my eyes, decreased my dark circles, smoothed out my skin, and adjusted the lighting of the photo. For my full-body shot, I adjusted the lighting, shaped my waist, and added some length to my legs. During this challenge, we all had to play with photoshop, but it was critical to not over-edit your photos, because comp cards need to look “natural.”
Anthony was a fan of Mikey’s comp card and said there was just something about it that made the audience want to know him. Anthony liked my comp card, as well, which sent me over the moon! He loved my headshot, and told me it looked editorial, commercial, and very versatile. On the other hand, Anthony and Yu Tsai weren’t too pleased with Dustin’s shot due to his little smirk, which they said made the shot too commercial for their liking. The two also disagreed with Courtney’s photo choices. She had great film, but her choices were called a “flop.” We also learned some things are harder to photoshop than others...