Composition, Camera Angles and Elevations….A new look, a New DVD!

Composition, Camera Angles and Elevations can make the difference between an ordinary photograph and an extraordinary portrait.  Posing the subject is often where composition starts.  You select the pose to work within the composition you are planning and to create the look you are wanting to achieve. You want the image to flow, to draw the viewer’s eye logically and artistically through the frame.  You want the predominate lines to flow in a manner which reflects the look you are trying to create and coordinates with everything else that is within the frame.

Once you have achieved a pose which fills the composition and directs the viewer’s eyes, the next step is to compose the portrait properly.  Too many photographers decide how they will take an image first and are stuck on that composition:  rather than looking at the client and the client’s clothing and using that to decide what would be the most flattering composition for that individual subject.  Something as simple as a pair of white socks can ruin a full length pose and yet some photographers will take an image with white socks showing simply because that is what they had envisioned before they saw what the client was wearing or how the pose would affect the clothing choices.

Once the pose and composition are decided and work with everything inside the frame, then you select the best angle and elevation the images is to be taken.  Many photographers take every image perfectly vertical or horizontal and at the elevation of the camera is always selected for the comfort of the photographer!  Angles and elevations give you so many creative controls that to not use them correctly is a huge waste of creativity.  The Harley photo that is on the cover of the DVD is an excellent example.  While many seniors like my Harley, excuse me, the studio’s Harley, unless the family are big Harley Fans, many seniors would opt out of choosing it, although they liked the cool look of the leather and chrome in the portrait.  By elevating the camera up to the ceiling, the motorcycles just became an interesting posing aid and not the focus of the portrait.  Then by rotating the camera the motorcycle went diagonally through the frame allow me to include everything to the subjects knee and adding a cool look to the image.

In this new DVD, I show you both studio and outdoor sessions and how to improve your photography by planning the posing, using the most flattering compositions and finally selecting the best elevations and angles for the shot.  Once you have an understanding of lighting and posing this is the next logical step in your education!  To order the DVD,  go to:




~ by jeffsmithbooks on March 22, 2011.

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