I never say “posing”—instead, I say “positioning”. Instead of :”I am going to pose you differently”, it’s “I am going to position you differently”.
But we do pose. Models pose for a living, and they are good at it. My main model manages to position herself differently for every shot, even after we have done eight years of shooting together, and made tens of thousands of images.
Images like this, yesterday in an abandoned parking lot in Brantford:
(125 ISO, 1/250 sec, f/5.6; 24-70 lens; full-frame Canon 1Dx)
A good model turns toward the light (unless otherwise instructed by the photographer), and changes pose after every click. He or she seldom smiles (smiling causes laugh lines, a.k.a. “wrinkles”.
See the Rembrandt Lighting in the image above? One off-camera umbrella on our right, 45 degrees to the side of her face and 45 degrees up from her face.
Another note: as you see I am using deliberate flare in the image above. By shooting into the sun, basically. When you do this, you should probably remove any filters that you have on your lenses. If you can use a small aperture (e.g. f/16) you will get a starburst effect.
One of my favourites:
That soft shadow: beautiful. And the dark exposure beautifully shows the blue sky. And all I used is:
- A 24-70 f/2.8 lens,
- Two Pocketwizard radio triggers,
- A light stand,
- A bracket on the light stand for the umbrella,
- An umbrella,
- A cable “from Pocketwizard to hotshoe”.
Easy to handhold and walk miles with. But I drove (remember: car parking lot?).
Flash outdoors rock, in case you have not picked that up yet from my writings.