Join Natalie Fobes for an in-depth discussion in this video Posing a female subject, part of Family and Group Portraiture.
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Group shots are nothing more than individual poses put together.…Today we've asked Trushana and Sako to come in and demonstrate this for you.…We'll start with Trushana, and show some of the basic poses for her as a woman.…They are different than the poses that I'll show you for a man.…We picked out a really nice black outfit for her to wear.…I brought her into the studio and we got going.…Natalie Fobes: So let me take a shot real quick and check my lights.…
I find it really helpful to take the first shot almost immediately to kind of…loosen them up a little bit and for me to check my lights, to make sure my…lights and my exposure are right on.…Natalie Fobes: Let's go ahead and try one where you're facing right into the light like this.…Go ahead, and I want you to put your weight on your back foot.…Trushana: Like this? Natalie Fobes: Yeah, just really put that weight there.…By putting weight on the back foot, the woman shifts her hips and her shoulders.…
That adds a very feminine feel to the photograph.…
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.