Posing is about crafting the desired results, not settling for contrived confusion. The wrong pose can send the wrong message to the viewer. It can also cause the subject to feel insecure during the shoot or when viewing the end result. In glamour, beauty, and nude photography, posing should convey a message and, in most cases, tell the viewer something about the subject.Use the wrong pose,the wrong light for the pose, the wrong clothes for the pose,or the wrong scene for the pose,and you’ll wind up with the wrong image—usually an uninspiring image that no one will want to purchase or publish.
Cultural Perceptions It’s often said perception is everything, and that statement certainly holds true with posing. Find a contortionist model and pose her in a way that showcases her abilities and the audience will say,“Wow, she’s flexible,how did she do that?”
Light it from the wrong angle,though,and someone will call your photography a “cheap shot”—especially if the pose reveals more of her anatomy than is normally found in a glamour photo.
They may even label you as a degenerate whose photography shows no respect for the subject. Models generally avoid that type of photographer like the plague. Place a model’s legs in an unladylike position with the wrong clothes (or lack of clothes) you’ll get the same reaction. Let’s imagine, though, creating another image of that same model in that same pose. In this shot she’s wearing jeans and a cowboy hat while sitting on a fence with a pair of gloves in her hands. Seeing this shot,viewers may observe that she looks like a tomboy or a tough cowgirl. Her reputation as a lady, however, won’t even be questioned.
When it comes to glamour photography, not all subjects are models, but all models are subjects.
Understanding this statement is critical to success—especially in the private glamour business.It also affects how you will approach posing and what poses are likely to work best. Models. Let’s look at models first.
Professional models don’t normally come looking for glamour photos for their portfolios. Occasionally, however, models have asked me to photograph them in a style that is a bit more glamorous or sexy to create an image for their significant other. Some are even willing to trade glamour modeling for fashion,commercial, or editorial images to use in their portfolios. I’ve even had models ask me to photograph them for submission to Maxim or Playboy. Usually this is no problem and easy to accomplish.
Some ideas and tips:
Some ideas: squared shoulders will remove the femininity of a female model. Once her shoulders were turned, I had the model turn her head slightly back to the camera, preventing the irises of her eyes from being centered in the whites of her eyes; otherwise, the model can have a “deer in the headlights” look.
The hair is also placed on each side of the model’s face to help frame and draw emphasis to her face
-Avoid square shoulders
-Avoid centering the iris of the eyes in the whites of the eyes.
-If you want to emphasize the face use the hair to frame the face.
-Use more of a nice “noir”effect
-Use Shallow depth of field
All these things will add mood to the entire image.
Most professional models are young and watch their diets to maintain their shapely figures. Additionally, they have experience in front of the camera; they often know how to pose their body for the best effect with minimal guidance from the photographer. The camera is a professional model’s best friend; no matter how you photograph them,the images will be strong and the model will stand out. Remember,this is how all your non-model subjects also want to look—like models.
Definition of “NOIR”
Moody, dark and dramatic. The term film noir may instantly conjure cinematic scenarios in your mind of hard-boiled detectives and brassy dames that drag trouble behind them like tattered coats. But film noir is also a still photography style, largely informed by the movies of the same classification.