Photography Poses - Immediately Improve Your Photographs!
One major difference between professional looking photos and "also ran" shots - is the pose. Mastering photography poses is the easiest strategy to taking your photography to a whole new level...
The most common error I see in amateur photography - and in more professional work than you may imagine - is what I call the "Linebacker" pose.
Consider a professional football player. (The American kind, not what we in the U.S. call soccer.) Size is a major component of their job. The bigger and wider they appear to be, the better. When they pose for photographs, they will face the camera straight on - with their shoulders looking as wide as possible. They want their hips and thighs to appear huge as well.
The more of the frame they can fill, the better - intimidation is the object.
Now imagine almost everyone else in the world...few of them are trying to appear intimidating in their portraits. But, for some reason, we all tend to pose our subjects with their shoulders and hips facing the camera straight on - like a linebacker!
Take Off The Excess Size...
To help our subjects shed that "linebacker" look, simply have them turn their shoulders about 45 degrees to the camera. This looks natural, and is a far more slimming pose. (And EVERYONE wants to look slimmer - it's the way of the world!) If they're visible in the photo, their hips and feet should be turned as well.
Rule of thumb...Shoulders, hips and feet should never be straight on to the camera.
Avoid The "Sumo Wrestler" Photography Poses Too!
While linebackers want to appear broad - they don't necessarily want to appear fat! The only photo subject I can think of that actively WANTS to look fat, is a Sumo wrestler.
We almost ALL think we look too fat, and "the camera adds 10 pounds." To help our subjects visually loose some weight, consider what makes us look heavy! It's the shadows!
We define shape by highlights and shadow. If we minimize shadows, people will look slimmer. So here is a tip that can visualy remove about ten pounds from your subject...Have your models wearing dark clothing! Remember that the shadows define shape and therefore if the shadows disappear - and so does the weight.
Start using these two photography poses and you'll see immediate improvement in your photos.
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