O'Reilly logo

Dynamic Posing Guide: Modern Techniques for Digital Photographers by Jeanne Harris, Craig Stidham

Stay ahead with the world's most comprehensive technology and business learning platform.

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required

CHAPTER 8: Putting Your Poses to Work

 

The foundation of my work and the poses I do come directly from the design of the outfit I am featuring in my photographs. The clothing is my first step in determining the direction I will take. I look at the design, style, texture, and fabric of the clothing. All of those components tell me how I need to pose the model to generate a particular mood and convey a parituclar attitude in the image. The photographs in this chapter showcase some of my personal favorites of this past year, in which I pushed the rules and put all I know to work with some pretty incredible results.

Shea’s Florida Formal

My intial vision for the image in Figure 8.1 was to have the model, Shea, wear a formal dress and then have long pieces of fabric catch the wind to create movement. I wanted the dress to appear big and flowy. Instead of destroying a formal dress to get this shot, I made this dress myself from six yards of champagne-colored fabric that I brought with me to the location in Florida. I wrapped it, cut it, and made the belt. Not too bad, eh?

Figure 8.1

I had some additional toile and tied it all in so that Shea could hold the ends of it. I then put a fancy necklace on her, did her hair and make-up, and put her into the freezing water. At one point I ...

With Safari, you learn the way you learn best. Get unlimited access to videos, live online training, learning paths, books, interactive tutorials, and more.

Start Free Trial

No credit card required