Posing

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  1. voodoocat

    voodoocat ))<>(( Supporting Member

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    Tally Ho and other pro's do you have any recommended reading for posing? I've done mostly candid style portraits with great results but I'd like to learn some techniques for posing. I'm hearing that the traditional poses are coming back in style.
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    Christie Photo No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    Thanks Pete! Even better that it's online and free!
     
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    Christie Photo No longer a newbie, moving up!

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    The credit really goes to Big Mike. He's posted it before.

    BTW.... Thanks, Mike!!

    -Pete
     
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    Big Mike's da man!
     
  6. Tally Ho

    Tally Ho TPF Noob!

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    Dear Voodocat,

    Sorry, since I'm not a professional photographer, I don't have any input. I'm just a stupid ignoramus who owns a camera and takes snapshots on occasion. Hopefully the above site will suffice.

    Tally Ho
     
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    Can you answer the original question without responding to Pete's message? Thanks.
     
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    Corry Flirtacious and Bodacious Supporting Member

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    Uh...dude...he was seriously asking your advice? This isn't that 'other' forum that you frequent....if you're nice, we're nice...(and you've been nice lately) So...please lighten up, k?
     
  9. Tally Ho

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    Yes I can. Thank you.

    "Body Parts" by the late great Don Blair is a really wonderful book in my opinion. It shows you some of the 'correct' ways to pose brides, couples, women, men and groups and the 'incorrect' ways to pose them. It is available on his website but I'm unsure of the URL, most likely it is donblairphotography.com or something similiar.

    The nice thing about a book is you can take it into the camera room and compare his pose to what you are attempting to do. I usually tell them I am 'trying out a new pose' and they are the first subject that you have tried it out on. They are flattered that you are 'experimenting' on them and you don't look like an idiot trying to remember how to do that pose you looked at for 15 seconds while she was dressing.

    TH
     
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    Thanks Tally. I appreciate the input.
     
  11. Big Mike

    Big Mike I am Big, I am Mike Staff Member Supporting Member

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    :blulsh2: :cheers:
     
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    photogoddess TPF Noob!

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    That's so funny and so true! :lol: I've got a pretty good "routine" of poses that I use but am always looking at the way people move and interact with each other for more. Don't be afraid to experiment a bit. One thing that helps me with the boudoir shots that I do is that I ask the women to go through their favorite magazines and tear out photos that really make an impression with them and bring them along to the session. That way I know exactly what they have in mind, it gives me some new poses to try and often gives me some inspiration for some new poses of my own. :mrgreen:
     

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