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The Photographer's Guide to Posing, 1st Edition by Lindsay Adler

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CHAPTER 2

POSING and DIRECTING the FACE

Posing a subject’s face involves a lot more than getting a good expression. What is your subject’s “good” side? How do you define their jawline or eliminate a double chin? How do you direct the subject to create a connection with the camera?

There are many things to take into account when posing the face. You should be considering the eyes, the nose, the shoulders, the neck, the chin, and more. When you first begin shooting, you may think a headshot is the easiest portrait to shoot—it’s just the head and shoulders, right? But photographing a close-up of the face means all the elements of posing the face are under even more scrutiny. No matter how incredible the pose, if the subject doesn’t like their face ...

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