Our second posing technique is ready to go! Shift your weight back! So, what does that mean?
Did you know that any object or body part that is closest to the camera will appear largest? For example, take your hand and make a fist. Take your fist and start heading straight toward your face. What happens? Your fist appears bigger and bigger as it approaches.
Now, take it back away from your face. What happens? Your fist will start to appear smaller and smaller. Granted, we are looking at this through the eyes, but this is a very similar perspective of what your camera sees.
The following image is NOT MINE. It is being used as an example of how objects closer to the camera look bigger! Look how large the fist on his outstreched arm looks! (and-isn't this a fantastic image?)
Now, take a look at the hand closest to his face-it looks a lot smaller doesn't it?
As you can see, this is all about perspective! So, in posing, make sure everything that you want to appear smaller is shifted away from the camera. But, if you want to make your subject look larger than life, do as the artist did in the above image-put the area you want to look larger than life closest to the camera.
Lens choice is also important. Using a wide angle lens will give you a totally different perspective than a 70-200 that provides a more compressed, compact look. The main thing to remember when posing your subjects is to decide what you want to convey in the image, then pose accordingly. Most people do not want their hips to look bigger, so have them shift their weight to the back and push their hips away from the camera.
This simple posing technique will create more beautiful images for you, your friends and your family~
Check out the images below to see the difference.
Once again, this is NOT MY IMAGE. This is just an example of how your subject can look when the hips are shifted away from the camera and when they are pushed toward the camera.
Remember, when you are out with family and friends and taking snapshots, tell your subjects to shift their weight to the back foot and push their hips toward the back away from the camera. They will appreciate it and your image will look a lot better!
check out our portfolio to see how well we did with this simple posing technique!