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Old 09-06-2010, 08:24   #1 (permalink)
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Getting them to pose!

Hey guys,

I'm pretty new to portraits but its something I've been looking to get into, so with my trust nifty fifty and an ad on gumtree I've started to find willing models for me to take pictures of.

My first shoot was on Sunday, and I was a bit disappointed with my results, of the 150 or so shots taken I found about 5 I genuinely liked. This is largely because in most of the shots my model is staring straight at the camera. The ones where I got him to look off shot just look a bit odd, we can't see what he's looking at.

So I was wondering where I could learn a bit on posing? Obviously if you are a great portrait photographer feel free to link your shots so I can try to plagarise the ideas (provided thats ok of course!) but general tips would be really appreciated too.

For example, if I wanted to get a "sad" shot of a girl I figured she'd be cradling her arms and looking at her feet, but I'm not sure how to make that "work".

Finally, I only have poo iPhoto at the moment, which is ok for tweaking color and using spot healing and the like, but when people are using the bigger named softwares (photoshop, and maybe aperture?) what typical procesess would you expect to go through on a good shot.

So many questions, and it's only my second post.

Thanks

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Re: Getting them to pose!

With regard to your posing question you could have a look at some of the shots in the People Photography Forum. By definition, people are the subjects and Spxxxx has got some great wedding threads in there and Clafra specializes in portraits.

I think your processing question would be better placed in the Photo manipulation Form which has some similar threads and is more relevant to your question.
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Re: Getting them to pose!

I'm not the best portrait shooter in the world, but if you have a look at my website, I've done a couple of sessions at a studio with a group of other photographers, so you can see what you think. www.sarahbrookephotography.co.uk
Another idea which helped me was to read womens magazines (I borrowed them from friends as I don't get them, I'm more of a photography magazine girl), you can get some good ideas. My son also got me the FHM women of the year magazine which had some good poses in.
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Re: Getting them to pose!

Make contact with your local camera club, to see if they do a portrait group. You can pick up a lot of hints & tips there.

Also take a look at threads here :- People Photography - Pixalo Photography Community

Also don't be afraid to crop tight on a portrait..... much more interesting sometimes





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