Portrait Photography Posing

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Posing someone for a portrait photograph means finding the most flattering angle that still has interesting shadow depth and quality. Turn at a three-quarter angle for a portrait with helpful tips from a professional freelance photographer in this free video on photography subjects.

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Hello, I'm Alex Compton with Luminescence Photography in Pahrump, Nevada. In this segment we're going to try to demonstrate to you how to pose a model for portraits. Each individual is different, they have their own unique different qualities about them so we want to demonstrate and try to do the best that we can and bring out their most flattering aspects. For instance with our model here that we have, we have a beautiful woman with a great smile. She does, however, have a very round feature and a very roundness, voluptuousness about her and so we want to show that off as flattering as possible. So one of the things we want to do and especially with women in general, typically anyone you never want to go on straight on flat faced front. The lights come in, it's usually the most unflattering position for anyone. We want to give them a feeling and a sense of depth and shape and yet make that shape to where it's as slimming as possible in the case of someone who has more rounded features and perhaps just the opposite make it more filling for someone who is very thin. So we're going to start by turning her just a little bit sideways, we're going to back up and we're going to make sure in this case we have a very high stool. Sometimes you'll actually want to get a stool that tips back a little bit so that the person will be forced to keep their spine straight. The tendency sometimes with a chair that's too deep or too flat is they want to slouch and it gives them a bad bottom line so a good thing to do typically is to have the model slightly arch up. So what we've done here is we've created a slightly thinner line with the model. We have enhanced her breast area. If we turn it just enough then we can actually create a V into her line here. With her head, she's got that beautiful smile so of course we're going to ask her to smile bright for the picture but we want to make sure that she has her chin at just enough of a level to where you create a line without filling up and showing too much of the bottom part or dipping it too low and creating the double chin effect. So we want to try to position it to where it creates a nice line to make the neck thinner to enhance the line here and then we can adjust our lighting accordingly in order to bring out and enhance certain areas on the model.


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