No evolution this time, just how I did it!
Again we selected an image from Glamour magazine as our target. I didn't like the high key clothing with the low key background in the tear sheet, so we decided to do a low key shot.
|First the image from Glamour.||
|I didn't like the fact that in the tear sheet Sarah is leaning forward, her left hand looks deformed, her right hand isn't posed very well and her shoulders are square to the camera. The Glamour image is a fashion image, and I am shooting a portrait image. Two different animals. For Bree's first image I changed three of the things I didn't like but left her shoulders square to the camera.||
|For the next shot, I had Bree bring her left arm up to her face rather than her right one and I had her place her right hand on her left knee. This changed her straight on pose to a 45 degree angled pose without doing anything else! This also hid her cleavage which made Bree happy. I just wish she would have brought a long sleeved dress or blouse or sweater. All that skin attracts attention, but you gotta shoot what they bring along!|
|I then had her bring her right arm in a little closer to her body and I had her tip her head to the feminine shoulder. I was up on a step ladder about four feet off the ground for this shot.|
|The final image shows where the lights were positioned and the meter reading of each light. The step ladder at camera left is partially obstructing the view of the kicker light. Note the use of a block under her right foot. For the images above we placed the block under the left foot. This raises only one knee and slenderizes her legs at the bottom of the image. The background light is hanging off the ceiling with my home made rail system and is above and behind her. The fill light is nearly obstructing our view of it.|
Benji's Book Posing and Lighting
My full color 8.5 x 11 inch glossy 44 page book on how to pose and light the high school senior girl is in my hands are ready to be shipped. It has 44 different poses in it, including head and shoulders, waist up, 3/4 and full length poses. Twenty six poses are shown without a prop, most of the rest of the poses are with chairs that can be bought locally in a second hand furniture store (or new!) I also show a steel "school" chair that I have modified, and I've included instructions how to do it. Four pages of lighting diagrams and five wide angle shots showing the entire scene, then the actual close up shot of that same image so you can see just what the heck the rest of her body is doing to get that great close up shot! LOTS of posing and lighting tips in easy to understand language. Poses for the larger gal as well as the size 6 senior are shown. This is a "lay flat" book that you can show to your client and let her choose what she likes thereby eliminating poses that will not sell.
Benji's Video Photographing The High School Senior in the New MillenniumOver 45 minutes long and jam packed with lots of good instruction on posing and lighting for the high school senior girl. How to get beautiful indoor lighting for head and shoulders portraits, 3/4 length and full length poses. All of this and lots more are covered, most showing exactly what I do to get the shot. I show in several of the images what problems will crop up when YOU attempt this pose and what you need to do to correct it. The exact placement of the lights to get these shots is also covered in detail. Outdoor poses are covered also. Perfect exposure quickly and easily whether you are shooting digital or film. This is the instructional video for you. You have already experienced my easy to understand style of teaching in my tutorials found here and several of them are included in this video also.
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