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Poses For Portrait Photography - Learn How To Pose To Get That Dynamite Photo
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There are two main types of portraits. There are those that are taken through a three quarter hot (one that is taken from your chest upwards) and the full body shot. Each of these has it own posing techniques. Here are a few techniques on how to pose for a full body portrait:

Starting with the feet, these shots are best taken when one foot is slightly behind the other. This helps in bringing out a relaxed mood. The subject should also turn slightly away from the camera as if to provide a profile. This has the effect of slimming down the subject thereby creating more space for the composition of the shot. This shot is best taken when the subject is propped up against something. When it comes to the head, tilting it slightly to the side will help to make the shot look relaxed. If your head is straight up then you will look stiff in the shot.

When titling your head, it is only natural to tilt it towards the shoulder that you are turning to. If you want the shot to appear majestic then you should tilt your head away from the shoulder that you are turning to. This will give you an atmosphere of elegance and aristocracy, which is what most people want in a full body portrait shot. Many fashion models love this pose because it flexes the neck muscles giving the picture more character.

Most people do not realize the importance of the position of their hands when taking a portrait picture. Most portraits will initially bring out the facial features especially the eyes, and the next detail a viewer looks at are the hands. When hands are below the waist, curling the wrist inwards would be the best option. You can however let them hang naturally. If they are above the waist then the wrist should curl upwards and one should try not to let the hands dominate the composition of the shot.

The most important feature of the portrait is the expression on your face. You want to look happy and relaxed, rather than have an angry stern look. The easiest way to bring this about is to smile. When you smile your eyes brighten up and this has the effect of brightening up the shot. Most people cannot smile on demand so it would be a good idea to think of a happy moment in your life.

The photographer should take the full body portrait shot from below eye level. This captures the relaxed yet proud look of the subject.

Learning more about posing for portrait photography can make all the difference to how well your photos turn out.

If your interested in becoming a model or you are interested in how to improve your shots as a photographer then I highly recommend learning more about photography posing.  


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