Basic In-Studio Posing Tips
May01

Basic In-Studio Posing Tips

“With modeling, you pose. You want to look your best all the time. With acting, you have to be aware of the camera, but the more you show your imperfections, the better you’re going to be.”— Diane Kruger One of the most important elements in creating salable portraits is knowing how to pose your subjects. You may be able to photograph a man, woman or couple but if their pose is awkward or clumsy, it will reduce your...

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Trending: Portrait and Glamour Photography
Apr27

Trending: Portrait and Glamour Photography

“None of us is born with the right face. It’s a tough job being a portrait photographer.” – Imogen Cunningham At the suggestion of one of this blog’s readers we added a section to the blog’s right-hand column called “Top Posts,” the idea being that new readers would see the most popular five or six posts that they could catch up with what’s going on in the blog. This tabulation is done automatically by...

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End of a Portrait Thread?
Mar07

End of a Portrait Thread?

“The poet, the artist, the sleuth – whoever sharpens our perception tends to be antisocial… he cannot go along with currents and trends.”—Alfred North Whitehead I guess we can add photographer to Mr. Whitehead’s comment. Today is the last day on a two-week run of portrait-oriented posts so I thought I would end it with an one of my favorite images of my former muse*, Ms. Tia Stoneman. A portrait of Tia is...

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Seamless Paper & Alternative Backdrops
Feb28

Seamless Paper & Alternative Backdrops

February 28 is the 59th day of the year in the Gregorian calendar. There are 306 days remaining until the end of the year (307 in leap years). Making a portrait a subject against a solid color backdrop, like seamless paper, is the ultimate tests of one’s ability to make something from nothing; you’re shooting without a net—naked, even if your subject is wearing clothes. All that stands between you and a good portrait is your...

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Following Trends: ‘More Portraits Please’
Feb21

Following Trends: ‘More Portraits Please’

“The photographer, even in fashion and portraiture, has to have a standpoint. It’s important to know what you stand for, no? Most people just take pictures, but they stand for nothing.”—Peter Lindbergh Last year, at the suggestion of one of this blog’s readers (thanks Izzy) we added a new section to the right-hand column called “Top Posts” with the idea that if a person was new to the blog, they would see the most popular five...

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Working with and Posing Glamour Models
Feb06

Working with and Posing Glamour Models

When I was a young photographer I asked my mentor, what was the worst thing I could do during a photo shoot. My guess was that it would be some kind of technical glitch but to my surprise he said, “not talking to the people.” If you don’t talk to the models that you’re photographing you are never, ever going to make good images. If you’ve participated in a group model shoot, you know what I mean. Shooters use their longest focal...

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Portrait Posing: Shooting Through a Pose
Dec19

Portrait Posing: Shooting Through a Pose

As Douglas Adams says at the beginning of The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy “This never happens…”: A subject meets photographer in the studio who tells them “stand over there,” clicks the shutter and the resultant pose is perfect. Actually that’s not entirely true. Sometimes it does happen except for that pesky “perfect” part. If you can get it in one shot, it’s the photographic equivalent of a golfer’s hole in one, so if that...

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