#4. posing and treating subject
your photograph can be a memento , try to keep it simple and natural , you don’t want someone to remember your photograph and say “ we were trying to give a good pose” you want them to remember what they were actually doing and how they were enjoying their time so your photograph becomes a part of their past.
“ keep it simple “
don’t bring lots of things into your frame , don’t ask your subject to pose a hard pose , keep it simple , ask your subject to act normal as if there’s no camera around , keep your poses normal and simple , a complicated pose might look awkward , you don’t want to take a picture of someone who’s stressed so make them feel relaxed .
for example your are in a weeding party and you want to take pictures of your friends and family , mainly you’ll be asked to capture a group of people , now you got two things you need to consider , first , how do i want them to pose , best pose is to keep them nature and relaxed so don’t ask and guide too much , secondly , which angle i’ll be taking , “you can read my previous article about angles and composition” , through experience , if they are 4 subjects and more then take your photograph horizontal , if they are less than 4 then take your photograph vertical .
what if you are trying to make a photo session with someone , how would you take your pictures and how would treat him/her so you can deliver the best of what you got .
for example you are shooting your friend and making a photo session for fun , you are taking pictures of something alive , keep that in mind , cause after all you want your photograph feels alive filled up with energy so it’s not just a matter of poses , talk with your model , laugh , joke„, make him/her feel relaxed , take your pictures at the right moment , maybe between the poses , try to make your model look the best she/he could look , ok how?
well make your model stand straight not slumped , make her/his legs standing at 45 degrees angle towards you , then make him/her twist their body towards you , relax the shoulders “it’s better for girls to relax the shoulder that’s facing you more cause that will give them more of the feminine look , a small forward tilt specially the chin tilt , that will make your model look younger and thinner , relax the forehead cause you don’t want your model to get back yelling at you that she looks older , use chairs or a bouquet according to the occasion , with those accessories you can hide some parts of the body that you don’t want to show , last but not least , guide your self with the guidelines we talked about before .
what if you are taking pictures of couples and groups of people , here you should focus on something , you should clearly display the relationship between the people in your photograph , make them feel relaxed and let the emotions flow , bring it all in your photograph , it’s not necessary to pose your subjects , mix between ideas , kissing , standing , hugging , running , posing … treat them as if you are their friend and you are here to make them have fun so you can break the ice between you and them .
dealing with kids , kids can be difficult to pose , to fix this issue you need to allow them to be themselves , keep joking or make their parents play with them , you want to take a photograph of a young child , you want to show their spirit and attitude , so it’s worthless to ask a child to pose like an adult , it’ll ruin your photograph .
keep your model’s identities , you don’t want to ask a guy to pose like a girl , a bulk guy to cross his legs , a young girl to pose like an older woman… etc
since we’ve became across the very basics , now let’s get more into photography and reach the technical part , but always remember :
“ it’s not the camera it’s the photographer “ .
have your own taste and touch , be creative .
at the end you’ll have the basics of photography and the technical knowledge in your hands then you’ll be able to share with me your work .