64 The Universally Great Pose
This trick isn’t a new one, and I wasn’t the first to discover it: Everyone looks great when photographed from above, so ask your subject (couples too) to squat down and look up. Even if your subject has five chins, they won’t show (people love that). As a bonus, your subject is normally looking up toward some type of light, which puts a little catch light in their eyes and makes them pop and sparkle. I like to shoot at f/1.2 or f/2 when I capture these, so the depth of field is nice and shallow. Notice in Figure 4.10 that even their arms fall out of focus. There is no breathtakingly creative, punch-you-in-the-face moment when you look at a squat-down pose, but there is a classic and beautiful and flattering aspect to the photograph. Memorize this pose (and the others in this chapter) to make it automatic when your brain starts going frantic for something to try on a shoot.
FIGURE 4.10 Canon EOS 5D Mark III with Canon EF50mm f/1.2L USM lens, f/1.2, 1/1000 sec., Aperture-Priority mode, ISO 100.