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11-14-2007, 07:08 PM   #1
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cheat sheet for poses?

Does anyone have a cheat sheet for poses? Im thinking of trying to put one together. im seriously lacking in the pose department. Thanks

11-14-2007, 07:48 PM   #2
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I found this thing a LOOOOOONG time ago.

Link still appears to work.

http://www.vci.net/~mmorgan/pg2.pdf
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wow thats pretty cool

do you have any more of those things?


like one for portraits?
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I don't have any "cheat sheet" per se, but back when I was shooting in a portrait studio (long time ago) the owner drummed a few concepts into my head which work well to this day for "formal" portraits.

- Upper body at 30-60% angle to camera...
- men at 30%ish, presents a more forceful, "masculine" presence
- women & children at 60%ish, obvious for women, for children it highlights youth & flexability

- Head tilt
- Men - tilt head toward rear shoulder. this presents a confident masculine stance
- Women - tilt head toward the forward shoulder to present a smooth S shape
- Children - tilt by gender but by a smaller degree

- Head alignment (fullface to profile or beyond) depends on the mood desired, but don't, generally, combine extreme head tilts with angles approaching profiles.

Now, granted, these are just general concepts (and old ones at that), but they are a good starting point. You can't transcend the "rules" until you understand how/why/when to follow them. An experienced photographer can break every one of these rules and get superior images, but that comes from reading the person being shot and understanding the image they have of themselves.


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Mike, experience shows, because you always have great advice.

One thing I have been struggling with, is a young lady of 12 - OK OK a girl. Anyway, she has an elongated face and I would like to make it look less elongated. Any suggestions. Should I tilt head up/downwards?
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JC...

In that case I would tilt her head downwards. This will tend to shorten her face somewhat and is more flattering than shooting up her nose as it were. You can also try leaning her toward the camera with her face pointing down and slightly to one side. Then have her look up at the camera without picking up her chin. This type of pose is also useful if the model has deep eye sockets because it de-emphasizes them.

Another option would be to shoot her from an overhead or slightly elevated point of view. This can work very well especially for kids.
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Try this link. Hundreds of poses for female, male and couples.

PhotographyTips.com – Female Poses
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Thanks Mike, again some great advice. Will try it.

And thanks psh, that a nice link too.

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QuoteOriginally posted by pshphoto Quote
Try this link. Hundreds of poses for female, male and couples.

PhotographyTips.com Female Poses
Great site. Thanks for the tip
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