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Wednesday, 25 April 2012

Photographers Need to Know How to Pose Just Like Their Models

Most probably you are scratching your head after reading this. As a photographer the job requires you to remain behind the camera, however, you need to have a good idea of what will look good in a photo and what will look poor. Therefore, knowledge of professional posing techniques is essential in order for your work to stand out in this competitive market.

Jennifer Ellison
Observe Real Life Situations

Observation is one of the best ways to learn how to professionally direct your model's poses. If you wish to extract a real-life pose from your model, your best bet at achieving this, would be to watch people in their natural environment.

As well as offering ideas for the model's poses, observation also provides new creative ways in setting the scene for the photo shoot.

Lighting and Props

Depending on what type of light you use when taking a photo, different moods can be created. What's more, lighting comes in handy when a model either wants to hide a flaw or alternatively accentuate a feature.
Creative and interesting props added to the photo shoot will enhance the photo, as they create a sense of story and character to the overall image. Interaction with the props gives the model an extra layer of depth, as focus is shifted onto how the two are relating.

Breaking the Rules

Josie Maran
Although there are many rules that a photographer can abide by, so as to shoot a striking photo, sometimes it is breaking or bending these rules that produce the best results.

Changing the angle that you shoot from is one example. Rather than pointing your camera at eye level, try shooting from a higher plane or closer to the ground so as to create a new perspective.

Another way to capture the viewer's attention is by having the model eyeing something that seems to be off camera. This way the viewer gets curious as to what the model is looking at with such an appeal. This proves to be a very interesting alternative to the typical model staring straight into the camera lens.

Capturing Movement

When switching the camera into 'burst' or 'continuous shooting' mode, you can construct a series of images at one go. Eventually these can be presented together as a set to show active movement rather than static poses. A model swinging on a swing, climbing a ladder or jumping on a trampoline are some of the many situations that you can photograph. The continuous shooting mode is a feature found on all modern digital cameras. Nevertheless it should never be abused but rather used sparingly and wisely.

Panning is another way by which you can add movement in your photos. This is achieved by keeping your focus locked onto your model while moving the camera from one point to another in a straight line. It is important that the distance from your camera to your model is kept constant throughout the whole process. The effect will be a sharp focus on your model against a blurred background.

Lucy Liu
Depending on the theme of the photo shoot, the model has to project the ideal personality and emotions. To achieve this, your advice and directions must be clear and effective. There are various poses that can be mastered. Learning the right techniques is essential as these will guarantee outstanding results each time you work with models on different projects.

Posing Secrets - The Photographer's Essential Guide Vol.1  by Malcolm Boone is a unique and practical tool which will guide you step by step, in mastering the art of posing a model.  I strongly suggest that you give it a thorough look.  It is definitely worth the money!

Author: Michael Abela
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