Welcome to Posing and
Lighting, and Composition School
Actually, as you will learn,
eventually your assignments will also include composition. A
good Portrait requires total control of your subject's pose, the
lighting, and their placement within the image.
When I speak to photographers who
want to learn more about portraiture, they usually tell me they
know all about the lighting, they just need to learn posing, or
vise/versa. The truth is, the 2 elements work hand in hand.
You cannot "light" your subject
correctly unless you know how to pose them correctly. The
position of the light is relative to your subject's facial
angles, or poses.
You may think you know posing,
but after one of my posing lessons, you soon learn a well posed
person is not one who is told to relax, and then asked if they
are comfortable. In spite of what we would like to believe,
people need to be posed in precise positions to "look" relaxed.
They may feel awkward for a moment, but they will look great in
their portraits. When they feel relaxed, they probably look
If you look at the images on my website, you will see "real"
people, no models. Everyone was "Posed" using the techniques I
will teach you. Within a short time you will be able to create
beautiful, flattering portraits for your clients.
You may have learned how to
achieve a correct exposure with your lights, but, unless you
have had an opportunity to learn the "Rules of Posing and
Lighting", you probably find yourself with unusual shadows on
your subjects faces and you are "jumping through hoops" to
correct the problem. You don't create flattering portraits in
Photoshop. You create good portraits in your camera. You use
Photoshop to retouch and enhance.
Even if you don't have a studio,
and you do all of your work on location, you will take the
information you will learn in the studio environment and apply
it to your window light and outdoor portraits.
If you look at my window light
portraits, you might be surprised to learn, there is no flash,
or reflectors used to fill in the shadows. The "secret" is
learning how to pose your subjects correctly.
Try and forget anything you think
you know right now. Trust me to show you from beginning to end,
how to do it right. Later you can apply your own creative ideas
to develop your own look. Learn the basics, then you will be
Now, let's get started!!!
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