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How can I encourage my friend to be less shy when I take her photo?

My girlfriend is very shy when I want to take a photo of her. When I tell her I'm going to make a shot or when she sees I'm focusing camera on her, first 10-60 seconds she is just hiding her face and ...
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Turning the smaller eye away from the lens?

From "Monte Zucker's Portrait Photography Handbook" ph 3. "The subject" : Eye Size. Always take note when a subject has one eye that is smaller than the other. When you find that, you can make ...
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What are some other terms for a 3/4 shot?

I know it as the American shot or American wide, but what are some other names?
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How do I get regular people to relax and not to overprepare having their portrait taken?

I'm doing a personal project taking portraits of friends, family and acquaintance. Most of them are not used to having their portrait taken and I don't intend to portray them as models either. I show ...
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Odd couple photos

I am a tall blonde girl with freckles and my boyfriend is Asian mostly the same height as me. We are an odd couple and we look odd together but I would love to know if you have any tips on helping us ...
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How do I hide unflattering body features in a low key shot with rim lighting?

Low key full body portraits with rim lighting are common in photos of athletes wanting to show of their body features. Having models, thinking some features of their body features are unflattering, ...
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Is there a standard vocabulary for posing?

I've been looking for a definitive catalog of named poses. Catalogs consisting mainly of unlabeled photos are easy to come by. "1,001 Poses for the Professional Photographer," kind of thing. This ...
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How can I best record and improve my pre-shoot planning process?

When planning a photo shoot, I often find myself making lighting/posing diagrams on scratch paper, but they end up in the trash after the shoot. After most shoots, I try to document each shoot in ...
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Why do people bend in a group photo?

I have seen numerous group pics where the front row(s) of people will bend (as if holding their knees). Is there a visual/photographic advantage to this pose ? I have seen this in many group pics ...
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When shooting one-on-one with a subject, what are some tips and tricks to get into a “photoshoot” mood?

When it's just you and a subject shooting by yourselves, what tips and tricks are there to keep the mood light and friendly, while simultaneously controlling and directing the subject into good poses? ...
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How to make female chest look bigger?

When photographing women they often want the chest to appear as big as possible. I tried with light coming from different positions but was not satisfied with the results. Are there any tricks to ...
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How do I guide my model in a portrait session?

How would you guide an inexperienced portrait photographer to guide inexperienced models? Not friends, but strangers you're shooting under time pressure (they're not getting paid and neither are ...
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How to photograph people with a prominent (wide, big) nose?

One of my friends wants me to take pictures of her but she is very self-conscious about her nose (which is relatively wide, Monty Python anyone?). She wants me to take pictures in such a way as to ...
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What is a good composition style for photographs like these?

In my photography classes and online resources, I have learned about photographing the subject with a space to breathe in the photograph. But there are several photos in which the head is facing bit ...
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Is there a correct way to communicate with photography subjects e.g. models?

It may seem like this question has an obvious answer, but it’s something I do find quite difficult - I am very out spoken and confident but sometimes struggle with the following. Should I just tell ...
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How to avoid tired eyes in a portrait?

I noticed some portraits I took had heavy shadows under eyes: It turned out the model had experienced some sleep deprivation, though the eyes didn't look that bad in real life. I suspect lighting ...
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How to avoid double chin and glossy skin in portraits?

Two of the most disturbing things I struggle with when shooting portraits are double chin of the model and glossy skin reflecting my flash, even while using diffused light. I normally ask my model to ...
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How can I get people to take an expression which fits the scene?

I have heard that there are specific indirect questions that can be used to get people to be more natural in front of a camera. Many people, who have many expressions to offer, when put in front of a ...
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What are the best books on posing?

I'm interested in reading some good, informative books on posing and interacting with people for photography. Which are the best ones?
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How to pose and arrange people in a group shot?

What are good standard poses for group shots of 3 or 4 people and how can I arrange folks so that they don't just look like they're 'standing around'?
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What are the best posing props and furniture for a new/hobbyist photographer?

I'm going to be doing some studio-style portrait shots soon. What objects (props, furniture, etc) should I be looking to get to assist in posing? I'm looking for things that are: Useful: they'll ...
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What are the symbolic meanings of the position of hands in images?

In photography as well as in paintings (especially those from the middle ages, where a lot of symbols were used), the position of the hands often means a lot; does anyone know a list of all those ...
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How do you pose a turtle?

We're doing a photoshoot and there's a turtle that should be in the shot. What is most flattering for a self-conscious half-shell?
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Where can I find posing guides & resources online?

What resources are available online to give ideas for poses. Is there some type of catalogue of common poses?
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Why are most portraits taken with the subject at 45 degrees to the camera?

Why is it that pictures are taken with a subjects shoulders set at a 45 (or-so) degree angle to the camera in the vast majority of portraits? I am hard pressed to find portraits with the subject ...
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What are the best techniques for photographing overweight people?

I'm not the most lean person on the planet, and many pictures seem to really point this out. While I wish I was simply in better shape, it is simply not the case for me or unfortunately, many ...
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What portrait posing rules do you recommend for studio photography?

What portrait posing rules could you recommend for studio photography? How to pose (and not to) the head, body, hands, wrists, waist, hips, legs? In what categories can the models can be divided ...
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What are your tips for guiding an inexperienced model?

I find myself in this kind of situation a lot. I'll be photographing someone who doesn't have a whole lot of modeling experience, but they want me to take photos of them (ie, a friend while on ...
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How can I get my portrait subjects to look natural and drop the cheesy smile?

I am surprised by how many people automatically put on a cheesy smile when I point a camera in their direction. How can I encourage them to act more naturally, and what can I do to get better, more ...