Join Natalie Fobes for an in-depth discussion in this video Posing a male subject, part of Family and Group Portraiture.
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After I finished with Trushana, I had Sako come in.…You'll see some similarity in the poses, but there are differences.…Natalie Fobes: And let's go ahead and have you put your weight on the other foot, on the other…hip, on that one, and then go ahead and put that foot just out here some more.…And then turn your body toward me, this way, even more.…Very good!…When posing a man, I'll often have him more square to the camera than I ever…would a woman, and that's because being squared, a little more square to…the camera, still not parallel, but a little more square, works to broaden…his shoulders.…
I often will have them put their hands in their pockets, and that's a very…comfortable look for a man.…I'll also ask him to have his elbows cocked out just a little bit.…I still have the man put his weight on his back foot, and that does give a…little bit of a tilt to his shoulders too, that adds interest to the…composition of his body.…Okay, there you go.…Now your eyes, just your eyes at me.…There you go.…
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.