Full-length Posing in Small Spaces

“I leave you my portrait so that you will have my presence all the days and nights that I am away from you.”—Frida Kahlo

My  home studio measures 11×15 feet (but one end is angled) making shooting full length poses a challenge. It is the space that I use to shoot in and test lighting  products for Shutterbug reviews as well as shooting glamour photographs for clients of my boudoir photography business.

But full length poses require wider angle lenses than I might prefer but when working in smaller spaces, some compromise is required.

Making wider angle lenses work requires close attention to camera height and sometime I find that kneeling or sitting in a chair (thus lowering the camera) to photograph the model works best. You can use whatever contortionist trick works for you as long as you are not shooting down on your subject with a wider-angle lens. If you do it will create unflattering foreshortened and distorted portraits with disproportionate head sizes. Don’t get too low either, because then you’ll end up looking up your subjects nostrils.

The image of Kim above right is kind of a modelly pose but that’s to be expected when you’re in the studio and the subject has no props to interact. This pose works with the stylized Silverlake Photo background and her wardrobe. Image was captured with a Canon EOS 60D with a EF-S15-85mm f/3.5-5.6 IS USM lens (at 35mm) with an exposure of 1/60 sec at f/11 and ISO 200.

You can learn more about my posing techniques in “Posing for Portrait & Glamour Photographyand brand new books are available from Amazon.com for just $14.99. For some reason, Kindle versions are $20.99 but I know some of you might prefer to have the book in digital form.

 

Author: Joe Farace

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