Learning posing is unique, because unlike lighting there are no guides, reference points or “cheats” you can use to help you when you are under the pressure of a session with a paying client.  When learning to light a portrait you can put marks on the floor, under the posing stool and/or light stand, as well as attaching a string to the light stand to measure the distance from the main light to the subject (to learn more about studio lighting  STUDIO LIGHTING DVD click here!)

Posing requires you to create from memory.  There are no cheats and you look less than professional if you are looking at a posing guide while working with paying clients.  Posing requires you to not only remember the poses and the build up to the pose (how each part of the body comes together to complete the pose) but to remember it “under pressure” when you are working with a paying client that you would like to look professional in front of.

Learning posing requires you to work with the poses you use often, as well as finding and remembering new poses.  One of the biggest obstacles is working with the variety of clients that the average studio works with.  You photograph a baby, then a senior and then you next client is a bride on the weekend.  That is a great deal time to between each client type for posing to stick.

The two greatest learning aids to posing are sample sessions and what I call variations.  Sample session are a time for learning, when you can use tear sheets (poses that impress you from magazines), books or even videos to guide you through poses in the learning process.  I have always found a client looking through samples books and selecting their favorite backgrounds and poses to be helpful as a starting place for the posing of each client.

By far the best way I know to keep poses fresh in my memory is what I call Variations.  Once a client has selected the poses that impress them I have my assistants set up background-scene then I demonstrate the pose for the client.  I don`t  just demonstrate the one pose but a variety of poses similar to the pose they have selected.  This does two things, it shows the client how to pose and allows them to make a selection and it keeps me practices posing.  I am never at a loss for posing my clients because I am always practicing and always incorporating new poses into those poses I show the client.

To effective pose a client under the pressure of a session you have to practice all the time.  Only when posing becomes second nature is it possible to effectively work with clients under pressure.



~ by jeffsmithbooks on February 10, 2011.

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