Close-Up Feminine Pose
In #6, we see the classic feminine head-and-shoulders portrait. Our subject
is seated on a small stool and her body is turned away from the key light. She
is leaning slightly back from the camera with her right shoulder higher than
When posing your female subject, remind her to sit as tall as she can, to
relax her shoulders, and to lean from the waist and from the back.
Just before taking this shot, I asked this model to pull her chin a bit forward
toward the camera, turn her head a little toward the key light, and tilt the
top of her head slightly toward her high shoulder.
Masculine Pose For Female
For a more authoritative look, you can position your female subject in a somewhat
different manner. In #7, our subject's body now faces the main light.
Notice how she is leaning slightly forward with her low shoulder closest to
the camera, and
that her head is more perpendicular to her shoulders. Also note that the camera
is now tilted slightly to improve the composition.
Posing The Male
Men tend not to be as receptive to posing direction as women, but if you can
convince them that it will greatly improve the shot, you'll get much better
results. In #8, our subject is square on to the camera with equal weight on
both feet. Kind of stiff and boring, don't you think?
After a little posing direction, we now see our subject in a more relaxed,
natural-looking position (#9). Notice how the weight is shifted to the back
leg, with the body turned a little to the main light. The head is perpendicular
to the shoulders, which reflects a classic masculine pose.
For a more corporate look, this shot could be further improved with a suit
coat, allowing the shirtsleeve to peek out of each coat arm.
Close-Up Of A Male
Remember the classic female pose demonstrated in #6? Well, here's the
same pose with a male subject (#10). With the high shoulder forward and the
head titled toward it, the overall look is not as flattering as it could be.
However, #11 shows how much better the classic masculine pose works for this
male subject. Notice how he is leaning toward the camera and a little away from
the main light? With the lens tilted slightly, it makes for a nice composition.
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