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Model Posing Tips Part 1

People often have difficulties knowing how to pose for photographs. This is especially true for new models.

Using the Camera

By placing the body part you want to emphasize forward towards the camera you increase it’s size.

To emphasis your hips, put all your weight on one leg, push your other hip out and towards the camera.

You have probably seen the little signs on some mirrors that say, “Warning: Objects appear closer than they are.” This is not only true for some mirrors; it’s true for cameras as well.

The most important thing to know about posing for photography is that objects closer to the camera will appear larger in the photograph and objects farther from the camera will appear smaller.

By using this fact, you can completely change your figure in photographs. By placing the body part you want to emphasize forward towards the camera you increase it’s size. By placing body parts you want to deemphasize away from the camera you decrease it size.

Placing the feet forward will often result in a photograph where the person’s feet look larger than their head.

To emphasize the face, place your head forward into the camera.

To emphasize your hips, put all your weight on one leg,  push your other hip out and towards the camera.

Arching your back and placing your chest forward can add several cup sizes to your breasts.
To emphasis the face, place your head forward into the camera.

Arching your back and placing your chest forward can add several cup sizes to your breasts. This also deemphasizes the waist and makes you look slimmer.

If your hips are wider than your chest, by leaning forward, you can balance out your top and bottom and create the illusion of an hourglass figure.

For heavy chested women, by learning back and placing your hips forward you can minimize your chest, makes your hips appear larger and balance your figure.

The Basic Pin-Up Pose

Front View of Basic Pin-up Pose

Side View of Basic Pin-up Pose

Pin-up art and photographs emphasizes an attractive figure and curves.

The basic pose for this is to arch your back, stick your butt out and put your chest towards the camera. Don’t lean forward too much but push your shoulder blades up to make a straight vertical line. This pose will minimize your waist, make your chest look larger and promotes an hour glass figure.

This pose can be practiced both sitting and standing in different variations to enhance you figure.

By being aware that the camera enlarges objects which are closer to it, you can control your poses to manipulate how your figure will look in photographs.

Mike Williams

Austin Fine Art & Glamour Photography

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