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Fashion Photography Posing and Lighting

Lesson 12 of 21

Reclining Pose #1

Sue Bryce, Felix Kunze

Fashion Photography Posing and Lighting

Sue Bryce, Felix Kunze

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12. Reclining Pose #1

Lesson Info

Reclining Pose #1

One of the most, I think go to goa that way. Cassidy, I was going poaching leagues. Now stand up on go over there. I was gonna pose you this way, but I'll keep your leagues away from the audience. What I'll do is approaching this way is by removing one off my little sophie boxes. Calm down. I've created a steger just like that. I'm going to knit slightly out to the camera. The idea here is that I'm going to put her bottom right on the edge. I'm going to lean her across and this was actually taken from a jewelry ed I saw and I thought, this is a very common midrange beauty shot. We're still including a hip, there's a bit of a diagonal going across the frame. We doing the full frame, full body? No, we're actually just cropping to the hip. So if you can see the pot's arts under my coffee captured there basically it's about it's, about having the hip just coming out of frame it's about having shape creating triangles in the arms and then being able to again use the hands around the face. B...

ut we're not at the beauty shot yet we're still at the midway, so, cassidy, if you balance your booty just on this edge now depending on how much length like I'm short so I could have the boxes together to get mohr length and more reclined I just need to move this bottom box towards may so bring it box towards and you guys will notice we put we dropped the backdrop down a bit and give it in the way that's my really like photoshopping right now now she's long enough to recline along now your left elbow goes onto the angel right elbow goes onto their a swell so basically we want to create all of this space and strict right out and then stretch right out and then used this hip here a case and we want to create this beautiful booty space now instantly when you bring the arm across the bris line this is what happens in cassidy doesn't have a match on her arms but if I cross my arm across my breast line I'm going to get this here and no woman wants that in any of her portrait's so the way I get rid of that there's two ways and I see this all the time I call this when you flatten that arm down on the body I call it league of him because it looks like a league of hand nobody wants the liger him so what we do is we do two things push your boobs back just a boob so pull back there that creates space so if you go fled again, push your boobs up against your arm and you take a no sharp because we're going to do no shots in the folio so that you can remember that to know and then we push the boobs back and then the chin long and ford then straight away I've created this beautiful space it's really an arm of hamas and maybe you were shooting down on here when I see the tether yeah I'm shooting down high come the lower well let's have a look when the other comes out yeah you need to come down lower and because I can't see from felix's angle I don't actually like it I'm going to readjust here but what I would do is also were just using the apple boxes but you can use whatever you want you can use a couch you can use the amps on the side of a couch eccentric cetera now if I want to straighten her up I just push these boxes closer to here all right? They're they're boobs back okay and now I'm going to come to the front let's have a look all right? So the idea is that you're going in a little bit closer this is beautiful coming right now we're getting closer way have a beautiful shapes launcher that goes down that she could be sitting on but I'm not going to be moving couches in and out the rule of this pose is in order to stagger her body needs to be higher onto her elbows creating triangles what's one no with her hand in the front there fled to the camera and it's slightly clearly like this so what do we do? We belly hands and flatten it down that's it I'm cool your fingers cassidy okay, now we pull the boobs back and we slide this elbow across. Now what happens when you slide the other across really significant I need to tell in this stuff if you take a no shot with cheese out like this she's got both elbows wide on her body come now when she puts them both in the same direction watch him now that they're both diagonal she looks less like the terminator here yes, because she's quite a bulky girl that's it but if she wass you know how sometimes you get the crossfit girls come in and they've got arms like arnold schwarzenegger and you're like no girlfriend you cannot be sitting like this because you're gonna look like a like madonna madonna madonna all right, this is beautiful all right now sitting out nice and tall thanks ago I might bring samir in do you want from hereon the here tell me if you need a little bit we could do it from this side of the poor would you do that? Well, the camera you'll block the pot's good point. Yeah, sorry I've done this before and again felix will just keep getting you to cross the camera line because I think it's really good for the view it's my favorite thing if you go to move makes you look with the cameras you know, like when we could go to break but we don't talk about me posing technical things like stop pressing the camera line everybody at home one of I see the back of your head and your butt what about the lighting and the posing with my messed something up there? It's fine. Now you're taking beer for shot change extend fourth. How could you not she's gorgeous and I'm posing directions to shake oh, and you guys think it's about you okay? Using this pose here and making it look really gorgeous, I feel like our options really come down to how we move her hands and I think the first thing we're going to do is you feel happy you now that one yeah, let a couple more because it's a bit more smiley than we were before because sue is making silly jer okay so long chin for yeah, really beautiful, good just to a close mouth beautiful and that little smile and a great little kid

Class Description

Bring more flair to all of your photographs with fashion-inspired posing and lighting ideas from Sue Bryce and Felix Kunze.

In Fashion Photography Posing and Lighting, Sue and Felix will show you how to direct and light a model to create a fashion-style shoot. This class brings together a master of posing and a master of studio lighting to show you how to create gorgeously lit and posed photographs in your own studio. Sue and Felix will demonstrate how to create three versatile lighting looks and a whole range of poses that bring the subject to life. You’ll learn how to work with a model who can’t move and how to capture the energy of one who can.

Create and capture the beauty of a fashion-inspired shoot – join Sue and Felix for your guide to shooting professional fashion looks and photography poses. 

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Spectacular class.!!! This is what it is like on a professional set. Time is money and the director gets the shot, Taking direction is the key attribute for the talent and crew.. That means tempers are high, there is humor and passion while cajoling the set to work together. The energy was amazing on this set. I loved their working relationship. Sue and Felix both have their vison for getting the shot. And they got it. I highly recommend this class.


Sue Bryce has what my Thai friends would call a teacher's heart. It is hard to translate but basically means caring, deeply knowledgable, dedicated to constant improvement and possessing the ability to present to students in an easily understandable and accessible manner. "Near enough" is never "good enough'. In a word she is a professional. This course is highly recommended for developing a framework for photographers to work from. Sue Bryce also has many additional pieces of inspirational advice along the way in terms of styling and costume. A talented teacher who presents practical steps that can easily be adopted by others. Impressive!