Models, Modeling, and Model Photography

Models, Modeling, and
Model Photography

The Fundamentals of Model Posing

Model Posing Considerations

Once I was critiqued for having models to be too posy.  The person's ideal pose is like a bamboo stick in a Giacometti style, I believe.  That lead me to think what is good posing principles.  It comes down to the basics of design.


Visual design is a way to achieve a goal with visual arrangements of various elements, including points, lines, shapes, colors, texture, and more.  When a model poses, it's like painting on a canvas.  You can choose to create a straight line, but you'd better create a darn good convincing line to pull of such a dramatic design.  If we come back to express the purpose of the photograph, being it a commercial one showing off the products in display, or a model portfolio for displaying model's physicality and range, or a conceptual execution that shows the concept behind the visual imagery,... then we have a visual problem to solve.

As in many designs, as well as problem solving, there are degrees between amateur to professional, as well as academic and hacking.  For models, amateurs modeling could be a simple but never changing look across all photos, to professionals that can project moods while taking care of aesthetics.

If you look at the different magazines, the higher end of the magazine, the more articulated modeling is showing.  Being it an eye projection (like in Malgosia) or posing (like Anna Rubik), or canvas filling (like ??), they are all both natural talents as well as later learned.

The basic
- Eyes
- Expressions
- S Curves
- Arms and legs
- Heands and toes
- Working with props
- Working with lighting
- Working with camera
- Dynamic poses
- Commercial poses
- Learning by example
- Lerning by looking at mirror

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