Portrait Photography Fundamentals

 

Lesson Info

Shoot: Leaning Poses for Male Model

Now let's try another one. What I like is when they're leaning. So either you can just do it while they're leaning against something, and usually when they're leaning against something like that and you're shooting forward, I still had this subject lean forward a little bit. Because I don't like to shoot where they are feeling like they're posing like this. Because it just conveys a little bit of confidence when their head is towards that camera. So let's say I'm looking at the camera, right? And I'm like this versus this, that's just more confidence that way. And so just a slight leaning forward. If you are shooting them this way, if I'm using side light, I have them leaning looking off to the side, relaxed. In general, I'm just gonna tell you right now, full-length shots of guys are not really, they're kind of hard to do. Why? We don't have any shape. So it's like if you're gonna do a shot, you know, not unless you're a body builder or something, we look like a stick out there. So in...

general, I'm just saying in general now, waist-up usually is the ticket for guys. And if I do full length, a lot of times it's when I have a female with them to give me the shape. So I have a stick, and then I have some curves, and then it works. But in general, I'm not super excited about full-length shots for guys, but sometimes you gotta do it, and you know what, this one looks okay. I mean what do you want to see? That, or do you want to see something like this? I think that looks a lot stronger this way. And so this is what I do when I lean somebody. I have their shoulder leaning against the side, and I have the opposite hip all the way shifted out there, so it creates this diagonal feel to it. So go for the diagonal. And I'll get into the little mechanics of this. I don't know if they could ... I can use this area over here, too? Is that right? You can see me? Okay, I can demonstrate a little bit. And using props for guys. Guys just love sitting and leaning. And so if you see things, whatever they are, chairs or cars, just use it, because we love that. We don't like standing there with nothing, because we don't know what to do or whatever, but if we're leaning or sitting on something, that's our natural habitat, to feel lazy. And we love that. So just wherever it is, you sit over there, you lean over there. That's what I love doing with guys, and it works. So let's demonstrate the typical leaning pose. We're gonna use this area over here, because this is the only area that we have. I'm gonna demonstrate this leaning pose. Ryan, that's okay, you can just watch me for a second. I'm gonna tell you what's gonna happen, and you think this is easy, but it's not, and so you really have to break it down. You have a wall here, okay? And so when you say lean up against this wall, some people do this, right? And it looks awkward, right. So what you have to do, and if they're having trouble with this, you go oh, okay. Stand back up. Get like a foot from the wall and I say, "Act like a tree and fall down against the wall." And then you do the hip. (audience laughs) Because literally, you'll get guys lean against the wall, "Okay." Do that, and it's just not good. And you're like, something doesn't look right here. But if you tell them to stand up straight, act like a tree, fall down and then do this hip, and then a lot of times they just cross this leg here, then you're good and golden. So that's just a little bit of a tip. All right, so let's shoot Ryan. And we're gonna do this, but we're gonna use some side light. So why don't you go ahead and lean up against there. Yeah, perfect. And so look to the side, and I'm gonna use the side light right here, because that's what we're going with. That looks great. And let me get that, perfect. And can you... hold on a second. Yeah, look at me. There you go. One, two, three. Turn your head just a little bit more towards me. Right there, good. All right, and then just tilt your head just a bit. Yeah, there you go. Right there, see how I'm kind of doing some micro-adjustments? I mean, this guy has got good body control, too, because when I tell him to do that he just like locks in there and just doesn't move. And he's like awesome. Now, because I'm short, I do this just in case. But I gotta lock in my focus here. This is great on this camera. It's called eye focus, it hunts for the eye, but I don't have it programmed in the right position. Okay, here we go. And so I'm taking a little bit higher angle, and that's what I do just in case. My eyesight is so bad, it's just a blur when it's this close to my eyes, but I'm just shooting it anyways. And what's great about it is I have, on my camera, it tells me, it locks in on the eye. So I can just push it. That circle will hunt the eye, lock on it, and shoot it, so I have confidence that I'm in focus. All right, so great. So that's the leaning shot. Thank you very much, Ryan. And look at that. This guy looks good, man. I mean, like every shot is like damn, right on. And it's a very simple technique, but it just works. And it makes people relaxed. I could have his hands, I could have it in his pocket, I wasn't really paying too much about that. But I wouldn't necessarily have the hands like that, I'd maybe have it in his pocket there, and I think it would look a little bit better. But anyways, that's the look of it that you want, right in there. He could also bring the hand up and maybe touch this collar here, or something like that, if you want to get more of his hands involved. But in general, you just like that look right there.

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Lessons

Class Introduction
5 Shots That WOW
Four Fundamentals of Photography
Create a Visual Impact with Composition
Importance of Foreground and Background
Create Depth in Landscape Images
Photos Don't Always Follow the Rules
Composition Practice Exercise
Composition Critique of Student Images
Keys to Posing
Shoot: Classic Elegance Female Pose
Shoot: Modern Female Pose
Shoot: Rollover Female Pose
Female Hands & Arms Poses Overview
Shoot: Hands and Arms Poses for Female
Seven Posing Guidelines
Headshots Poses with Male Model
Shoot: Headshot for Male Model
Shoot: Sitting Poses for Male Model
Shoot: Leaning Poses for Male Model
Shoot: Standing Poses for Male Model
Keys to Couples Posing
Shoot: Couples Posing
Couples Transitional Posing Overview
Shoot: Transitional Posing
Keys to Group Posing
Accordion Technique with Groups
Shoot: Accordion Technique
Shoot: Best Buds Pose
Shoot: Talk with Your Hands Pose
Shoot: Lock Arms and Hold Hands Pose
Run at the Camera and Dance in Your Seat Poses
Shoot: Pod Method Pose
Posing Critique of Student Images
Introduction to Lighting
Soft vs Hard Light
Difficult Lighting Situations
Bright Light Techniques
Overcast Light Techniques
Low Light Techniques
Lighting Techniques Q&A
Drama Queen Lighting
Laundry Basket Lighting
Make it Rain Lighting
Smart Phone Painting with Light
Mini LED Bokeh Lighting
Choose the Right Lighting System
Hybrid Flash System
Innovative Accessories
Gear Overview
Theatrical Post-Processing
Ten Keys to Post-Processing
Essential Skills to Post-Processing
Headshot Post-Processing
Bright Light Post-Processing
Flat Light Post-Processing
Low Light Post-Processing
Introduction to Fine Art Post-Processing
Light & Airy Fine Art Post-Processing
Dark & Moody Fine Art Post-Processing
Post-Processing Critique of Student Images
 
 
 
 

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