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How Body Posing Affects Composition

Posted by Hans on June 16, 2011 at 1:04 PM

How Body Posing Affects Composition


How to Achieve the Best Photography Poses from Your Subjects

Photography poses


Photography As An Art


Photography becomes an art when one captures the true essence of a subject in its environment. Many individuals grasp photography’s artistic composure when they encounter a photograph, whereby the subject influences an emotional or empathetic response. The elements for composing this type of art require the photographer to adhere to some rather basic and advanced concepts of posing the subject.


How the Subject’s Pose Influences the Quality of the Photograph


An artistic photograph invokes a sense of movement within the audience. This movement comes in the form of an emotional response, such as passion, sympathy or happiness. The feeling, itself, constructs a relationship between the artist and the audience, which extends through non-verbal communication. Famous artist dedicate the foundation of this relationship as to how the subject’s composure influences the audience’s response.


Humans relate to each other through the form of pictographic, verbal nonverbal and written communication. In some instances, the subject of a photograph speaks to the audience through body language as form of nonverbal communication, such as facial expressions, poised movement, gestures or position within the surrounding environment. As an exercise, review the individual in the photographs below:


Can you see how the subject’s poise in the first photograph influences a sense of openness, welcoming and fulfillment towards the audience?


When first viewing the photograph, was it easy to put yourself in the subject’s shoes and feel the enormity of the environment in comparison to a lone human being in the midst of it all?


The Importance of Learning How to Pose the Subject


The information included within the following paragraphs will detail how the subject’s pose communicates certain messages to the audience through kinesics behaviors, more commonly known as a form of nonverbal communication. The importance of bodily components detailed in this article doesn’t merely form rudimentary arrangement guidelines. Here are more explicit, step by step tips on photography poses.

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