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05/13/2010 11:39:46 AM · #1
Hi all,

I also tend to get stuck in a rut when it comes to posing...does anyone have ideas, or great resources on posing for all types of shoots? (kids, families, engagement, maternity, baby)

Thanks!
05/13/2010 11:45:12 AM · #2
I'm the same!! Not much help to you here but what I've started doing is keeping a folder of images cut from magazines and stuff of poses I like!
05/13/2010 11:55:54 AM · #3
I do that too, for some reason I never end up referencing it. What I think I need is some sort of posing plan of action for every shoot.
05/13/2010 12:00:02 PM · #4
Yeah, I do that ... I have a google doc that I have lots of my fav pics in, then create a copy so I can delete all the images I don't want and have an approx set of poses I want to try. I did buy a book of 500 poses which was ok but lots of repetition
05/13/2010 12:19:42 PM · #5
I recall seeing a book in one of the local camera shops of various poses for models and portraits. Can probably find it online.
05/13/2010 12:22:20 PM · #6
Originally posted by Yo_Spiff:

I recall seeing a book in one of the local camera shops of various poses for models and portraits. Can probably find it online.


This Posing Guide was found in one of several older threads on posing a model. Don't forget to look through the older threads, lots of good stuff out there.
05/13/2010 12:22:56 PM · #7
there is a PDF someone on here sent me once that has a TON of poses on it. if you email me (not PM) i can send you the PDF :)

(if i can find it)

-Max
05/13/2010 12:23:50 PM · #8
damn bassbone mightve beat me to it haha
05/13/2010 12:29:01 PM · #9
Found a few books on Amazon
05/13/2010 01:00:27 PM · #10
This is a decent article, too.

Its a lot to think about, but I've found that I try one or two things only, and be cognizant of those, and then move on.
05/13/2010 01:06:47 PM · #11
I posted this a while ago, nobody seemed interested though. :)

http://www.dpchallenge.com/forum.php?action=read&&FORUM_THREAD_ID=976118&order=ASC
05/14/2010 09:43:14 AM · #12
Earlier this spring I attended a posing workshop put on my a very successful wedding photographer. During the session he demonstrated what he called "flow posing". He started off with a basic pose as a foundation, snap, move a leg and an arm, snap, turn your head like this and lean back, snap... He had basically scripted out the poses in advance and then would work through them in order because it is efficient and it gets great results. I'm not going to share his name because I paid to attend the session and we hugely frustrated to find out that he was trying to sell instructional DVDs more than trying to teach at the session, but the approach has some merit. At first this approach seemed too regimented and counter to making the photos about my subject, but the more I think about it the more I think it could work. People will add their own expression and twist on a pose and certain poses could be left out if they didn't fit the client. The advantages when working with somebody who is uncomfortable in front of the camera would be tremendous.

For those who have said their grab magazine images and photos of poses for reference but never quite get them integrated into a shoot, this might help. Sort those poses into an order that makes sense... sort movement that flow from one to the next. Name the poses so you have a way to remember them. Execute them in a consistent order. I think the results will still be unique depending on the individual and location, but you'll have a much stronger foundation to work from. My "script" isn't done yet, but I'll be glad to share the results when I have it sorted out.
05/19/2010 09:18:59 PM · #13
thank you everyone!
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