10 classic posing mistakes every portrait photographer makes (and how to fix them)

    | Photography Tips | Portraits | 14/10/2013 00:01am
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    Portrait photography used to be subject to all sorts of ‘rules’, and while many of them have been thrown out now there are still a few that are worth considering to get you started and prevent unflattering images.

    Continuing her series looking at some of the common mistakes photographers make across all genres, our head of testing, Angela Nicholson, takes a look at some of the worst posing mistakes portrait photographers can make, and suggests how to avoid them.

    Posing Mistakes Portrait Photographers Make: 01 Uncomfortable subject

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    If the subject is uncomfortable there’s a chance that they will look uncomfortable and as a result the images make awkward viewing.

    Chat to your model before you start shooting and discuss the types of photographs that you (or they) would like to produce.

    Show them a few examples of images that you like and explain why they work. Showing them a small selection of images that don’t work can also help avoid a few pitfalls.

    Get to know your subject a little so that you can chat between shots and help keep them relaxed.

    Explain to them how you want them to sit or stand and suggest that they try a number of poses or looks from that position.

    If something’s working let them know, but if it isn’t be tactful and say something like, ‘that’s great, now let’s try…’

    Posing Mistakes Portrait Photographers Make: 01 Uncomfortable subject
    Posing Mistakes Portrait Photographers Make: 02 Awkward hands
    Posing Mistakes Portrait Photographers Make: 03 Shooting women with shoulders square-on
    Posing Mistakes Portrait Photographers Make: 04 Neck creases
    Posing Mistakes Portrait Photographers Make: 05 Clothing marks visible
    Posing Mistakes Portrait Photographers Make: 06 Looking the wrong way
    Posing Mistakes Portrait Photographers Make: 07 Heads all at the same height
    Posing Mistakes Portrait Photographers Make: 08 Unwanted headwear
    Posing Mistakes Portrait Photographers Make: 09 Up-the-nose-shots
    Posing Mistakes Portrait Photographers Make: 10 Expecting young children to pose

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    Posted on Monday, October 14th, 2013 at 12:01 am under Photography Tips, Portraits.

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