The Poole of Posing

A pose can be anything you want it to be. It can be static, or it can have a lot of movement. It can emphasize vulnerability, or it can emphasize power and authority. It can emphasize the mood of the image or reveal something about the subject's personality. For example, the pose in Figure 4.3 is anything but exciting. It is quite static and rigid, yet it is perfect for the image. The body and the balloons balance the image and create an interesting visual dynamic.

Dynamic Figure Poses

Figure 4.3

Here the pose is straightforward and static, but it creates an intriguing balance to the image.

Figure 4.3

Here the pose is straightforward and static, but it creates an intriguing balance to the image.

If you want to learn basic portrait posing, there are many books out there offering general guidelines. For example, many guides instruct you to turn women to three-quarters, drop their shoulders, place their arms forward on a posing table, and tilt their heads inward to make a C shape. Another typical pose encourages you to place the female form in the shape of an S to emphasize natural curves. You can find these basic poses in any posing guide. Here I have provided some advanced tips for fashion flair posing and how to approach posing in your mind.

In fashion photography, sometimes the entire composition is based on the strength and angles of a pose. An interesting pose can be the center of interest of the image. Figure 4.4 is a great image primarily because of the subject's pose within the window frame. If she were standing rigidly in the center of the window, the image would not be as powerful. Here the dynamic angles of the subject's body emphasize the other lines in the frame and create a powerful graphic composition.

Framing Photography Fashion

Figure 4.4

Sometimes a strong pose can make an interesting composition within an image.

Figure 4.4

Sometimes a strong pose can make an interesting composition within an image.

Also, a pose can reveal something significant about a subject. For example, if you are photographing a dancer, the image should be about the pose to show off the dancer's body, poise, and shapes that can be created. Figure 4.5, for example, is clearly about the pose and shape of the body.

Here, pose is essential for this fashion flair portrait of someone training to be a professional dancer.

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