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Chapter 6. People Photography > Posing and Shooting

Posing and Shooting

Posing is another topic that’s worth a book or two of its own. I’m going to provide a list of quick tips you can use in this section, but your best bet is to experiment with different poses and find some that you like. Work with those poses at first, try some variations, and add more poses as you become comfortable. Just keep in mind that your goal is not to use your subject as a mannequin that you can bend and twist any way you like. It’s better to let the subject assume a pose that he or she is comfortable with. Then, you can make slight adjustments that reposition awkward limbs or produce better facial expressions.

Tip from the Pros: Choosing Poses

There are an infinite number of good poses, but you’re interested in starting with just a few. Your best bet is to clip photos from magazines with poses that you like, or purchase a posing guide with hundreds or thousands of different poses included. After you’ve worked with these canned poses for a while, you’ll be more comfortable working with your subject for poses on your own.



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