In portrait photography there are two basic poses. The C pose and the S curve. The S curve pose in predominantly a female pose while the C curve can be used for both female and male model, while being predominantly a male pose. In this blog we will explore these poses.
The S curve for the female is defined by drawing a line the top of the head and following the middle of the body to the knees. Please view these images in full, most of them are vertical and cropping them for this blog obscures the information .
Notice the line from the top of the head leading to the hips forms the top of the S then the line follows the extended leg to form the bottom of the S. This is an example of an obvious S curve in a portrait.
Agreed Joe. A portrait is not just rules. The image has to show the personality of the subject. Sometimes the rule is there are no rules. You have to read the subjects personality to define that. That is when you become a true portrait artist.
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