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Fashion Photography Posing and Lighting

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Sitting Pose #1 & #2

Sue Bryce, Felix Kunze

Fashion Photography Posing and Lighting

Sue Bryce, Felix Kunze

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2. Sitting Pose #1 & #2

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Sitting Pose #1 & #2

We're gonna start with sitting poses because something's probably one of the hardest poses to dio then we've got standing, then we've got beauty, okay, so sitting poses for may other had to do because I wanted to learn one thing when I was learning to be a photographer and that wass, how do they fill the frame? How did they fill the frame with anton legs? So I have chosen four images is my sort of strong sitting model style poses, and when it comes to sitting, I have to recline her. I have to fill it with arms and legs. I have to consider that if she's bringing her knees up to the camera, I'm probably going to be able to see up between her legs so she's in shorts, you know, so you've got to make sure that you're outfit is appropriate, and unfortunately, unlike a fashion campaign or a beauty campaign, I would have changed the outfit for each one of these poses to make it post specific. But we don't have the option of getting changed every time we take a photograph, so I'm actually going...

to get you to take your warm jacket off and when it gets too cold you can put it back on because this is such a cute little outfit and it's going to show all your arms and legs which is really great for the posing manual I'm going to grab these sitting poses and I'm going to show you what they have I'm working here on six poses and I can repeat some of them when she put on after the break I've got a bit of a beaded evening gown for here I can repeat them a little bit more and make them a completely different look so my first post for me has always been one of my go to portrait poses and I'm going to show you how to make it really really fashion and that is this we're going to create your typical triangles in diamonds so she's on a bass fiddle that goes up and down the theatre on an apple box and what we're going to do is I'm going to stagger the height so that I could get her arms and legs in so in order to bring your knees up into the camera I'm going to drop her seat down you're not hip enough to get you push and help like this tall its smallest way okay so what I'm going to do now is I'm going to make here back foot high answer this one this way and I'm going to make your front foot lower now, straight away upon two toes, nice and tall. Long leagues. Look how long that makes your leagues and straight away. I've got my first triangle through the air from the francie live in really do the feet of same that'll do never, never feed at the same level. Could look blocks yeah, if I looked like a block. And so the idea is that we're trying to bring the knees as high as we can. Now I could even so if you take a sharp felix, what I'm trying to bring her knees is high into this frame again. Let me just drop me down again, okay? Now, look how long kiss of these legs are now come right up onto your toes kiss ity ok, right up onto those toes, extend those leagues out. Okay, so this is our first post. We're going to get the post exactly like the manual food, and then what we're doing is this hand this relaxed elbows against the body, and then I've actually got a few choices with this one. So the post that I looked it in the magazine is actually bringing a triangle into here. So it's really kind of posey and it was really kind of more fashion than what I would do with portrait because there's many triangle since we can create the bitter I'm thinking I want to twist her around a little in a way I'm not there yet all right? And then what we're gonna do is do the one thing that we don't do in portraiture and that is we're going to give her curvy back okay? So we're going to do the model back which is moving in so the one thing we don't do with somebody my height they sit me down like this and then kill my back and like this okay? Because what does it don't rolls my shoulders forward shortens my torso okay doesn't do anything for my frame for me I'm going to open my body up and I'm going to drop it forward, but we want to be fashion we want to look fashion and we wanted to look stylish so we're going to get here to roll these shoulders in and we're going to get a role in here so it's about collecting your posture now a tall body does this beautifully a tall long body does this really really well we relax those fingers your toes khun go out yeah, a little bit more so now we've got really good link from the league's really good diamond that's exactly right and remember for a portrait would be lifting the makeup and bringing the chin around this way and connecting it straight but for fashion we can afford to put a chin up to the camera we can afford to put it three quarters this way we can afford to tip her head back because her length of him it can do all of those things and it will look more fashion so the difference too I'm going to talk about the expression a ll the way through with every pose okay, so when I look a tte cassidy if I was shooting a portrait of cassidy her mom is not going to want this shot here, okay? But if I'm creating something for my folio this is the shot that I want that looks really modeling you don't have to focus on the face for fashion out of fashion has nothing to do with the face the face really if you look at fashion models almost the same expression however micro expression is really remarkable and a good model can change him micro expression and cassidy has a really good natural relax mouth so if you relax your mouth and just look at the camera this way and now I just want you to close your mouth up a little bit more but stay really relaxed in your mouth good girl now I want you teo just relax, mouth slowly come up with a little baby micro smile in your mouth just like that so she has so many very subtle little way on micro expressions in the bitter the model, the mohr expressions they can give you really suddenly with their mouth, but how I just described that is how I asked them to do it. So I'm going to stand behind felix because I can't pose from beside someone I have deposed from here this truculent case just stop rocking, all right? So this is our fear shot and I would bring that foot right out a little bit more that so this was actually taken. One of this images was taken from, um eh fashion magazine? It was from vogue, I was looking through vogue and I saw this image repeated quite a few times they were selling the coat. Obviously the coat was the main focus, but obviously we're not selling clothes that were selling fashion style images, so really it was just about creating all those triangles, so there is a post there, we're going to start here and then we're going to move around and get what we want it's just that I want to show you one thing so that I do here yet because this we can adjust, I'm goingto one second let me just take one more shot flash f five six one twenty fifth shutter speed I s o two hundred eighty kind of whatever worked right people get him up on things, right? I'm going to adjust on here my white balance just a little bit. Sorry, cassidy is not the most flattering picture, but we'll get away with it. I'm I'm going to add a little bit of contrast and take a little bit of saturation out and just lower the exposure a little bit to give it a kind of better feel of how talking to the bank with your back to the camera. Oh, sorry, how it's going to feel it's like now I'm going to do this so and then I'm going to do this, so they're like reaching across like this. So? So you get an idea of how it's gonna feel so now that's going to apply that same setting to each image we've gotten in very simple. I'm going to show in my segment after lunch more how I do that, but so you want to get shooting? Yeah, let's go. Okay, so first thing I notice is this hand is standing out and I just want to rocket I just wantto bella hands I want to remind here to point your toes, see everybody reset suppose the second we start talking about something else, she instantly it goes in recent suppose so it's about reposing here I want that's good though because they kind of go into a pose that's more for them. Yes, but at the end of the sequence I let them do that. And if they happen to do something that looks really good, then then I would do it, but up until that moment now so this is where I'm going to stand there have a look she's going to curve into here have a look from the front when you take the shot looks from a camera that's coming in. All right, so now we want more curve here and now I'm going to just bring her around like, rotate around cause you're on it will re point your toes for me readjust your fate and tuned towards this way bring your foot with you yeah that's a go right up into your toes nice and long tooley back that's a girl right there. Okay, all right, now what I'm going to dio is these are my options. So just I wanna actually get a problem, can you? You're also really close to the back in like your can you pull back a little bit because you're cutting really close in your composition here and I wouldn't bet it I'm also shooting too fast for the lights all right, I've got my election mouth. There we go, okay, go perfect. So I tend to make up nicknames for people, so I just called you cast on dh, does that people call you that, okay, good, get away with it, all right? I don't like this bear calm, but that's exactly how it wass indulging, obama said he liked it, then. I should probably like it. You should. You have to see if it's involved, then you got to do it. Oh, I'm just going to go, hey, don't let me correct that they should hire you.

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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Master Posing Guide

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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!