Do you photograph people? If you shoot weddings, portraits, fashion, experienced models, inexperienced sitters - the way you pose your subjects will make or break a shot. Understanding what will work in any given situation is as important as understanding your camera. That is exactly what this course gives you.
During the day, you can expect to learn how to communicate with and how to position a range of subject types, from head to toe. We begin with the individual and the importance of studying a face to find the most flattering pose, angle and lighting setup for that killer headshot. Attention to body shape and working with garments and props is covered in detail whether the subject is sitting or standing; lighting people in hats and veils; the critical placement of hands and feet; you will learn all the subtleties of successful posing and how to light them to achieve results your clients will love. The course then extends to the art of posing couples, compensating for different heights, shapes and sizes, and how to manage groups large and small to capture the moment. From intimate family portraiture to corporate event commissions, we have it covered.
Whether you are shooting a single subject or a group, the rules of composition apply; in fact, they are fundamental to a winning image. You will learn about body shape and how to use S-curves and triangles in a way which is both appropriate to the situation and aesthetically pleasing. Elements such as negative space, balancing objects, using frames and diagonals are also covered. Good posing takes into account not only the subject, but the background. We teach you to make it work for you.
This course focuses on the mechanics of effective posing, but it also gives you helpful information on how to engage and interact with your subjects. Effective directing relies on creating a rapport, especially if your subject is self-conscious or simply does not like to be photographed. Perhaps your sitter is a child and this will throw up a different set of challenges. Whoever you are shooting, the aim here is to provide you with ways to ease the process, helping your subjects feel comfortable in front of the camera.
This course is aimed at photographers who understand their camera's controls but experience of photographing people is not necessary.
A light lunch is included in the price and we will have both male and female sitters for you to photograph.
Location: Saracen House Studio
Date: Sunday 11th August 2019
Time: 10am to 5pm
Lunch: Provided (please advise of dietary requirements)
Knowledge Level: Beginner to Intermediate
Digital SLR or full manual mirrorless camera of any make
We recommend a lens that covers 35mm to 150mm on a full frame sensor, but bring your kit bag
Pen and Notepad
Images taken on workshops are intended for training use only. Whilst you may use images taken as part of your portfolio, you should make note that such images have been taken, under instruction, on a workshop.
No commercial use of images is possible.
Images used on this page have been provided by the model and/or photographer and are copyright their respective owners.
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