How to Strike a Perfect Pose
The art of photography brings us magnificent works every day, whether we’re talking about magazine covers, commercial shooting for various brands, or a photo session for someone’s art exhibition. In order to make the photo truly unique and attractive, both photographers and models have to put in a lot of work and cooperate well, but there’s also a myriad of other factors that will affect the final result and make the photo amazing. From knowing how to work the camera to striking a perfect pose, having your photos taken is anything but a piece of cake.
Practice in front of the mirror
The best way to tell apart your good side from your bad side is to spend hours in front of the mirror. Learning how your body shapes will help you perfect the posture and look your best in front of the camera whether you’re posing for a professional photo shoot or just want an amazing photo for your Instagram profile. The more you inspect yourself in the mirror, the better you’ll be able to understand how the camera sees you. For example, if you get your foot too close to the camera, it’ll be the biggest part of your body in the picture. Also, watch your limbs and you’ll notice that you should always keep your limbs separated from your body if you don’t want your arms to look fat and squashed because they’re pressed too tight to your waist or torso.
Work on your body
Sometimes, photographers like to push the boundaries of art and instead of having professional models in front of the camera, they decide to trust their fellow artists with the job. Supermodels work hard and exercise two or even three times a day at their home gym to keep their body tight, so if you’d like to tone your body at home, try this exercise equipment and you’ll get that supermodel body in no time. The artists can become very dedicated to the job as well, almost as any other supermodel, which is why they often take weeks and even months to prepare for the job. Regular and strenuous workouts, a strict diet and a healthy lifestyle are just some of the prerequisites for staying in shape, and they will gladly sacrifice their previous lifestyle habits to prepare for the shoots.
Let the light compliment you
Knowing at which angle the light will represent your figure best is another crucial part of looking amazing on a photo. If your face should be in focus, then you need to keep it away from the shadows that your arm might create if you raise it to the light. That’s why you should know your key light and always work towards it, to get your good side out.
Even if you don’t perfect your poses and your posture isn’t the best, a good photographer will direct you in the right way letting you stand, sit or lay down in the most flattering way. However, if you lack confidence and you start showing how insecure you are, even the world’s greatest photographer won’t be able to make the photos look good. That’s why it’s important to remember that all the beauty comes from within you. Only if you feel good in your own skin will you spread positive vibes and look radiant both in the photos and behind the camera. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a professional model or a fellow artist who is willing to step in front of the camera for the first time, only if you feel confident enough will you be able to strike a perfect pose.
Photography is a wonderful form of art that can capture some of the most beautiful, rare and even vulnerable moments of our lives. While spontaneous photos always turn out better than any practised photo shoot, you can still learn a few tricks to make it look like you weren’t even trying to look as good as you actually did, so make sure you brush up on your posing knowledge and you can walk side by side with any supermodel.
Graduate from the Hallmark Institute of Photography and recipient the Highest Academic Honor.
Published in several magazines including Shutterbug, Digital Photo, Outdoor Photographer, and PDNedu.
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