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           Posing and Lighting School Curriculum
  12 Poses / 12 Assignments / 12 Weeks
Assignment Title Assignment Description
1. Feminine Full Face pose
Text- Pose# 1a
DVD- 1
There are 2 basic poses, Feminine and Masculine. There are 3 angles of the face we photograph. There are 4 lighting patterns. We begin learning with the Full Face Feminine Pose, seated and standing poses.

Primary Focus: The Pose itself.
Secondary Focus: Camera Height, Focal Length of lens.

2. Masculine Full Face pose
Text- Pose# 1b
DVD- 1

The Full Face Masculine pose is a challenge. Woman can be in Masculine or Feminine Poses, so mistakes are harder to spot. The Man can only be in a Masculine Pose, seated and standing poses.

Primary Focus: The Pose itself.
Secondary Focus: Camera Height, Camera "Tilt".

3. Set up Studio Lighting
DVD- 1
Now we need to learn how lighting works. Placing a light diffuser or other light modifier on your flash is not "Portrait Lighting". Your Main Light, whether a studio flash, or a window, is placed in an exact position relative to your subjects face in order to create flattering lighting, shadows where they belong.

But, before we can learn how to light the subjects, we need to learn how to set up your studio lights.

When your learn how studio lighting works, you will have full control in any lighting situation, indoor or outside.

Primary Focus: Understanding what the different lights do, and where they are placed.
Secondary Focus: Correct exposure.

4. Light Basic Feminine and Masculine poses
Text- Pose# 1a & 1b
DVD- 1

If you like, you can begin to learn the Posing and Lighting together in the same lessons. You may need to create more images to master both techniques, but you are welcome to learn that way if you like a challenge!

I misconception about Portrait photography is thinking that you need to learn lighting. Lighting is actually very technical and easy to learn. the difficult part is learning the posing techniques. You cannot create good lighting unless you can pose your subjects correctly.

"Bouncing or Modifying" a light from the flash on your camera will not allow you to create truly flattering lighting for your portraits.

You learn to pose and light in the studio environment. When you want to create window and natural light portraits, you apply the techniques you will learn here. Dark and unappealing shadows on your subject's faces are usually the result of incorrect posing skills, and do not require additional fill light or reflectors. learn to pose people correctly, the light will just fall into place!

When you use the flash on your camera to light a portrait, you create "Broad Lighting". Broad Lighting makes your subjects faces appear "fatter/heavier" than they really are. We use "Short Lighting" for all portraits. It thins the face and flatters your subject!

Primary Focus:
Position of the main light for each pose.
Secondary Focus: Exposure of Main and additional lights.
5. 2/3 rds Feminine Poses- looking away and eyes back to camera poses
Text-Pose# 2a & 2b
DVD- 2

These are the more "creative looking" poses. The poses where the subjects are "looking away" from the camera, and where we turn and tilt their heads to create dramatic, emotional, sensual, flirtatious, and exciting looks for our subjects, seated and standing poses.

Primary Focus: The Poses themselves.
Secondary Focus: Camera Height, Camera "Tilt".

6. 2/3 rds View Masculine Pose
Text-Pose# 2c
DVD- 2


The Full Face Masculine Pose can sometime double as a 2/3ds view, eye back to the camera. We do have another 2/3d view pose- eyes looking away.

Primary Focus: The Poses themselves..
Secondary Focus: Camera Height, Camera "Tilt".

7. Light 2/3rds Views
Text-Pose# 2a, 2b,2c
DVD- 2
This is where you begin to see that the light needs to "move" with the subjects head placement.

Primary Focus: The Main Light Position.
Secondary Focus: Placement and exposure of additional lights.

8. Profiles Poses- M&F Posing and lighting
Text-Pose# 3:

Profile are not really very popular for individual people portraits. But, when you want to be "creative" with your couples Portraits, you will find a variety of poses that combine a Full Face pose of the Woman, and a Profile of the Man, and visa versa.

Primary Focus:
The Poses themselves & then the Lighting.

9. Full Face Couple- Posed and Lit
Text-Pose# 4a
DVD- 2
Portraits of Couples are actually Portraits of each subject, combined in one image. We pose each person exactly as we would if they were alone in their own portrait. When each looks good, they both look good.

Primary Focus: The Poses themselves & the lighting.
10. Window/Natural Light - Full Face/2/3rds/Profiles
DVD- Window Light
Primary Focus: The Poses themselves relative to the position of your main light source.


Many untrained portraitists think they simply allow people to "feel comfortable" in their portrait. then they have their subjects turn and twist in a variety of positions and hope for a good image.

That is not really how it works, and when you try and create a window light portrait, that is where you see the lack of skill really come to the surface.

When you don't know how to pose your subjects relative to the window lights position, and you don't know the poses that work best with the window, you get dark shadows where you don't want them.

You don't remove these shadows with "added in" light, or reflectors. Correctly posed and lighted images have shadows placed where they belong. Reflectors and flash fill "Reduces" the intensity of the shadows and balance out the lighting ratio on the face.

11. Outdoor Compositions
DVD- 1


Once you learn how to pose and light people, you can take them outdoors and create "Artistic Compositions" with them. We don't simply go outdoors to a beach, and have one person sitting on a rock, and the other standing behind them.

We pose every in an exact pose that you have been learning.

People want to look good, no matter where they are.

12. Create Your Portfolio, you are ready to do business!


You will have learned how to create portraits of Men and Women, individually, and together.

You will have learned how to  create portraits both in a studio, by window light and in scenic environments.

It is time to review what you have and fill in what you need to show your portfolio to your new clients.

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