There are some basic rules for “classical” poses for portraiture, and they naturally differ for men or women.
- Angle the body away from the light, and then turn the face back towards it
- If standing, shift the weight onto the rear foot
- If seated, angle the knees 45 degrees away from the light and turn the head back towards it. Sit them on the front edge of the chair, and lean them forward slightly
- Keep the arms/hands asymmetrical, with the near hand higher so that the closest shoulder is slightly higher than the rear shoulder. Remember to create diagonal lines with the arms.
- If they have long hair, drape it towards the far side, or lower shoulder
- Angle the body towards the light so it hits the chest directly (this is the opposite of the women)
- Turn the head back towards the camera
- Shift weight onto the back foot
- Position the hands (on the hips, in the pockets, etc.) so that the far shoulder is higher than the near shoulder-- this is also the opposite of the women
There are plenty of subtleties to classical posing-- crossing the legs away from the camera if the woman is seated, the tilting of the head back towards the low shoulder if male, etc-- but these are the basics.
In terms of lighting, the
pattern is the most common, with a fill about 1.5 stops lower and coming from
on axis with the camera. Naturally, a
light meter is helpful in setting those light ratios....
Okay, so let's see how the image at the top of the compared-- hey, wait a minute....