Basic posing techniques

posted on 2nd of august, 2016

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.


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Posted by Lightpro on August 14, 2016
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.
Posted by Joezachs on August 13, 2016
You said it right : "Rules were made to be broken"
At the end one has to go by the gut feeling and see what is appealing to the eyes.
Posted by Davidwatmough on August 07, 2016
Very good stimulating blog post. David

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