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In this course, Pulitzer finalist Natalie Fobes shows how to capture engaging portrait shots of couples, families, and other groups using a variety of posing and composition techniques.
The course discusses how to plan for a portrait photo shoot and how to make stylistic decisions regarding props, clothing, and makeup. Next, the course reviews the essentials of posing women and men, starting with a single subject, moving on to a couple, and then working up to large groups. The course also demonstrates how to pose and compose a group portrait in ways that highlight the relationships between group members, whether they're family members or business colleagues. Lastly, to illustrate the time constraints photographers often face, Natalie works against the clock to shoot a group of people she's never met.
The course also covers various postprocessing techniques geared specifically for portraiture, such as working with wrinkles and skin textures.
Clothing can make or break a group shot. Clothing should enhance the people and not distract from their faces. The message of these photographs is really about the people and not what they're wearing. Because of that I often tell my clients to think about wearing something dark and subdued. I don't want any patterns. I don't want any logos. I want long pants and I want shoes. I ask them to bring a few selections. That way if things just aren't working with what they've put together for the day, I can help them choose other options to make the photograph work well.
Now I am going to ask them to emphasize their makeup. So I ask them to put on makeup a little bit heavier than they normally would. The makeup will emphasize and bring out their features, their eyes, their cheeks; not only in women, but also in men. It can really make a difference and save time in post-production. So now that we've got makeup and clothing under our belts, let's get on to the fun stuff, the posing.
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