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35 Portrait Photography Poses Tips/Tricks Guidelines – Part 2

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This is a Part 2 of a two part article – 35 Photography Poses Tips/Tricks Guidelines.

Part 1 can be found here

This article is sourced from Benji’s Sonshine Studios. He is the author and copyright holder of the tutorial.

 

 

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17 a. Busy clothing

In the left image below, the pattern of the blouse is too busy and the background is too sharp. These two problems have been corrected in the image on the right. A simple blouse change and moving her forward about 12 feet (and stepping back with the camera 12 feet) allowed the background to be softened. This could also be done in Photoshop.

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Cropping at a joint makes the subject appear amputated. Several months ago, I critiqued an image on the ‘net that broke this rule and the image maker responded that he sees “amputated”limbs in fashion magazines all the time. I told him he needs to keep two things in mind. 1. He was seeing the image after the art director of the magazine had cropped the image to fit the space allowed in the magazine, and these rules are mainly for the portrait photographer.

Rule 18. Crop Between The Joints, Not At them.

I usually have the subject obtain empty eyeglass frames which will solve the problem immediately. Otherwise you may have sacrifice good lighting and turn the head straight toward the camera.

Rule 19. Watch Recessed Cheek Line with Glasses.

Rule 20. Don’t Overuse Hair and Kicker Lights -The hair light should kiss the hair, not blast it. Same for the kicker lights.

11 Comments

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    November 8, 2011 at 10:17 pm

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    December 21, 2011 at 6:45 am

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