Thursday, 6 January 2011

Posing Techniques

I need some ideas for posing models so I have purchased the following from Amazon:

Posing Techniques for Photographing Model Portfolios

Most of the models I've worked with have clear ideas about poses and the looks they want to achieve, but thinking ahead to the photo sessions I will be doing with friends I will have to give more direction.
I'm particularly interested in learning about ways to place the hands and using the body to create shapes that look natural.

Tuesday, 4 January 2011

Project 1: Portrait, scale & setting

Four scales of portrait in one session:
  • Face cropped in close
  • Head and shoulders
  • Torso, taking into account arms and hands
  • Full figure

    These were taken recently for an urban styled photoshoot with a model and make-up artist, on London's Southbank. The location was chosen to provide a vibrant backdrop and the challenge for me was to try to prevent it from becoming the main focal point. I moved the model around to alter the background and varied the distance between her and the walls to enable me to throw them out of focus. I recently acquired an 85mm 1.8 lens and this was my first outing with it. I used available light and a silver reflector for the close-up shots.

    What have I learned?
    Image 1 - In this shot I found a way to make the eyes prominent (with the aid of make-up) even when the model is looking away from the camera.
    Image 2 - In order to keep the eyes prominent, I have blurred the foreground whilst cropping the background to a minimum. I usually concentrate on simply throwing the background out of focus, but this photoshoot really made think about different ways to use it.
    Image 3 - In this shot I was trying to provide some separation from the background by using a section of wall that contrasted with the model's clothing. I also angled the camera to produce some leading lines.
    Image 4 - I debated whether to try and lose the detail in the background of this shot and finally settled on this with only a slightly soft background. Both myself and the model ran out of ideas with regard to the placement of hands. I didn't want the hands hanging limply by her sides, but found hands on hips or hands held up to the head becoming quite repetitive.