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The Five-Minute Fix: Posing Your Subjects

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In this chapter from The Five-Minute Fix: 200 Tips for Improving Your Photography and Growing Your Business, Dale Benfield suggests posing techniques and a couple ways to make your subjects feel comfortable in front of the camera.
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I’ve thought for a long time that photographers should possess proper communication skills to be successful. Aside from the technical aspects of photography, talking with clients about how to pose and making them feel comfortable are vital to capturing the best images of your subjects. In this chapter, you’ll find posing techniques and a couple ways to make your subjects feel comfortable in front of the camera.

54 Chin Up, Buttercup!

Ever wonder why most selfies are taken by holding the camera way up high? The reason is that pretty much everybody looks their best from that above angle, partly because it eliminates the double-chin effect. Take advantage of this fact on your next shoot by encouraging your clients to lift their chins while extending and elongating their necks (as the couple is doing in Figure 4.1) for the most flattering portraits. If you do ask your subjects to raise their chins, it’s important for you to be taller or above them, or else the pose will start looking silly.

FIGURE 4.1

FIGURE 4.1 Canon EOS 7D with Canon EF35mm f/1.4L USM lens, f/1.4, 1/800 sec., Aperture-Priority mode, ISO 800.

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