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Tippin’ on Tuesday : One Person Posing

I have decided to be cheesy and post photography tips on Tuesdays because those words start with the same letter. Give me a break…I am at home with an 8 week old and a 3 year old all day so my mind revolves around alphabets, numbers and nursery rhymes.

Now, when I say tips I don’t mean I am then expert on everything camera, photography or combining the two in a business. What I am sharing are the things that have helped me get to the point I am at today. There is always room to grown and learn from anyone and I am constantly evolving and trying to focus on my point of view.

If you have any specific items you want to have answers to or have links to those who know more on the topic please leave comments on this post and I will keep a list for future Tuesday posts.

Today’s item : My favorite pose for 1 person

There are times, many times, where you only have 1 person in the shot and you have to try to get that person to not feel awkward, silly, or ugly while convincing them that although it feels really weird to have a camera 12 inches from their face with every limb on their body twisted funny, they still look amazing. Insane run-on sentence. One of the very first things I learned was how to take a very flattering head shot. Let’s face it…a woman can be insanely insecure about the tiny details most of us don’t even notice. Take that insecurity and point a large round lens that they are sure will show every wrinkle, sun spot and lipstick stained tooth and they are sure to not have a sincere smile.

Using the above as the prime example of a typical Adria Peaden head-shot, here are my tips:

#1 Find an uncluttered and preferably monotoned background. It can be any color and honestly bright colors are my favorite. This wall made my model’s eyes pop so I couldn’t resist the black.

#2 Have the model squat or sit enough to where you can get your camera over them.

#3 Have the model look up slightly at the camera. This is the best part of this whole tip because it does several things. There will be no double chin, it stretches the skin to make it look young and tight, the hair swings back slightly to make sure it isn’t flying in the face even on windy days.

#4 Vary the angle of the head. Have them tilt their heads in different ways, get them to look with their eyes in different directions, don’t underestimate the no smile picture (sometimes a sultry no smile face is the perfect picture).

#5 If you are shooting in Manual mode…which you should be…then set the aperture wide open (mine is usually on 1.8 to 2.2) and set the focus point on the eyes. By making sure to focus on the eyes you are sure the eyes will not be out of focus and even if other parts of the face are out of face a picture will still look great with the eyes in focus.

Most of this I learned from The [b]ecker. He has a blog on his [b] school that has great tips for photographers.

To help any insecure clients get loose and more comfortable I will start with this type of shot and show them the results. They will see it is a very flattering pictures and loosen up enough to give genuine smiles and relax their body. If they don’t relax then it shows in their pictures. This shot works with pregnancy and weddings as well.

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  • Kelley - July 14, 2010 - 8:01 am

    I must admit, when I first saw the title, I thought you were posting pictures of cows. 🙂
    Although, I’m SUPER excited about these tips. Yippee!

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