Posing for Portrait and Glamour Photography: Techniques for Digital Photographers

Posing for Portrait and Glamour Photography: Techniques for Digital Photographers

by Joe Farace


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A complete guide to creating alluring photos, this book is divided into four parts—the body, studio, locations, and the outdoors—with each covering an important aspect of posing the human figure to look its ideal best. Beginning with the basics of body and hand and head posing, this study details the corrective posing techniques that enhance the appeal of a subject while minimizing any concerns they might have about their appearance. From there, award-winning photographer Joe Farace educates readers the importance of knowing what lens to shoot with, understanding the benefits and limits of black-and-white shots, and mastering the use of a flash. In addition to real-world posing techniques, the author presents real subjects—ranging in age from 18 to their late 40s, with a variety of looks and figure types—demonstrating the effect of careful posing on the types of subjects photographers are most likely to encounter in their professional lives. Armed with these techniques, photographers have the skills required to approach each glamour session with greater confidence, ensuring that they reap the rewards after the shoot in the form of better, more salable images.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781608955480
Publisher: Amherst Media, Incorporated
Publication date: 02/01/2013
Pages: 160
Product dimensions: 7.54(w) x 9.82(h) x 0.42(d)

About the Author

Joe Farace is a professional photographer and the author of "Better Available Light Digital Photography," "The Complete Guide to Digital Photography," "Creative Digital Monochrome Effects," and "Studio Lighting Anywhere." He lives in Parker, Colorado.

Table of Contents

Acknowledgments 5

About the Author 6

Introduction 7

How the Book Is Organized 8

What's in the Book? 8

Sidebar: Real People 10

Sidebar: Why I'm Not Switching Camera Systems 13

Part 1 Posing Basics 15

1 Posing the Body 17

Sidebar: The Polished Portrait: Posing "Rules" 18

Posing Categories 20

Tips for a Seamless Shoot 25

The Three Photographic Phases of Development 30

The Art of the Pose 35

Sidebar: Posing Is a Joint Effort 35

2 Corrective Posing Basics 39

Strive for a Perfect Capture 39

Sidebar: Soft Focus in the Digital Darkroom 40

Sidebar: The Polished Portrait: Corrective Posing 44

Hiding a Subject's Flaws 46

Sidebar: The Eye of the Beholder 48

Posing Rules, Guidelines, and Suggestions 50

The Right Look 54

3 How Lens Choice Affects Pose Selection 57

A Basic Lens Kit 57

Fast Lenses 59

Sidebar: The Lens Multiplication Factor 61

Sidebar: Special-Purpose Lenses 62

Full-Length Poses and Wide-Angle Lenses 64

The Pros and Cons of Using Zoom Lenses 68

Sidebar: She Didn't Break My Heart, But I Broke My Lens 70

Part 2 Working in the Studio 74

4 Seamless Posing 75

High Key, Low Key 76

On Location 80

Sidebar: Do You Really Need a Flash Meter? 81

A Basement Studio 82

Sidebar: Scenic Backgrounds 83

The Polished Portrait: Killer Curves 84

5 Using Props 87

Sidebar: Halloween Costumes 90

The Environmental Portrait 92

Case Study: Big Props Can Be Fun 93

Sidebar: Unsharp Mask Sharpening 104

Make It Personal 105

Sidebar: Exposure for Monochrome 107

Part 3 Shooting on Location 109

6 Using the Environment as Part of the Pose 111

Sidebar: Black & White Portraits Create Impact 112

Windows 114

Outdoor Portraits and the Law 114

Working at Interesting Locations 115

7 Turn your Home into a Studio 121

Making Do 121

Sidebar: Green Eyes 122

Full-Length Shots 127

Other Indoor Locations 127

The Downside of Shooting at Home 130

8 Making Nature Work for you 133

Practice, Practice, Practice 135

Find New Locations 135

Keep Your Lighting Tools Simple 135

Avoid Distracting Backgrounds 138

Backlit Portraits 140

Colored Flash 140

Posing Aids 142

Made in the Shade 142

Need a Subject? Draft a Friend 146

Conclusion 149

Sidebar: The Polished Portrait: Zero to Sixty 152

Index 157

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From the Publisher

"If I knew half as much about photography as my colleague Joe Farace knows, I'd be a better photographer."  —Russell Hart, executive editor, American Photo magazine on Creative Digital Monochrome Effects

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