Exercise-Varying the Pose
I have been looking at this exercise for a few weeks now. Before setting out to capture my images I looked at a number of magazines, the internet , newspapers and shop fronts to see what sort of images we are used to seeing as we go about our daily lives.
With the exception of Mr Hamilton the other images have the models looking directly at you. Why is he not looking at us, then I looked at the posted and saw that he is advertising not just a banking product but a mobile App for Phone banking-he is looking at the App on the phone.
That is the reason why he is not looking at us, would he be looking at us it the product was different?
I then looked at a book by David Bailey, “How to take better pictures.”
Page 73 onwards deals with portraits and starts with an interesting sentence:-
” There are two kinds of portrait – those which set out to flatter the subject and those which do not. And the difference between them is that to create one the photographer must be in control, to create the other the subject calls the shots”
Upon first reading this sentence I was unable to work out what he meant but later in the chapter he adds the following points which made his view fall into place.
The images that flatter the sitter will be of interest to them, as they are looking for a likeness that they and their friends see. However the more interesting images, that will appeal to a wider audience , may not have to rely on the subject being recognised.
After looking at some of the images that Mr Bailey had taken I chose a few that I liked. His images allow use the walk through a section of British history.
The above images show people who had a major influence, on the lives of many people in the UK. They are all striking images and will be remembered in many years to come.
Jean Shrimpton, Michael Caine, The Kray Twins, Mick Jagger, Vidal Sassoon and Mick Jagger
This exercise asked me to take a series of images where the subject should adopt a number of positions.
I decided to take the images with a group of people who I was walking up Ben Nevis with, one of the group said they wouldn’t mind acting as the model.
Full length shot with subject facing to the camera with body twisted and hands in view. Arms bent and positioned at an angle gives a more relaxed pose.
Half body shot, again subject looking at the camera body twisted the other way. Cropped above the knee. Again the arms have been positioned with a natural bend to look more relaxed.
Further full length shot, subject closer to the camera, hands in a different position. Posed at a slight angle , which I think is more flattering. Feet are positioned away from the camera to look less aggressive. The tilt of the head makes the face look slimmer
This time a seated position has been used to capture the subject and the background.
Half body shot, subject looking over left shoulder. Cropped at waist level.
A different type of full length shot, subjects hand now being used to throw the snow in the air.
Six images taken in difficult circumstance, it was very, very cold especially on the top of the mountain. I looked at the images to see how the model would view them and then the viewer. I think the model looks very nice, she looks healthy, athletic and looks like she is enjoying herself.
I have used a wide aperture to control the depth-of-field, so that the background complements rather than dominates the shot. This was especially important when you look at what was in the background.
I avoided taking an image where the subject was looking straight on at the camera as this tended to make the subject look wider than she was. The sideways stance was a lot better.
At the end of the day I think I have produced a set of images that I like. If you look at the images in the round, the subject is clear, the backgrounds are stunning and in the case of image 6 enjoyable.