The Still of the Night

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If you live in Texas and have never visited Big Bend National Park, then shame on you. I’m just kidding but you’d be surprised by how many folks have never driven farther west than Del Rio and never seen the beauty of the Big Bend region. “Big Bend” is named for the curve of the Rio Grande in the remote corner of southwest Texas. It is a wildly beautiful region with unique geology and a fascinating history. Over one million acres of public land including Big Bend National Park and Big Bend Ranch State Park offer hiking, camping, river running, horse riding, mountain bicycling, jeep touring and thousands of photographic opportunities on paved and back-country roads. What more could a landscape photographer ask for?

The Still of the Night

The Still of the Night – Big Bend National Park, Texas
Copyright 2011 Jeff Lynch Photography
Shot taken with a Canon EOS 5D Mark II set on aperture (Av) priority using an EF 17-40mm f/4L USM tripod mounted. The exposure was taken at 40mm, f/14 for 4/10th of a second at ISO 100 using a Singh-Ray warming polarizer filter and 2-stop, soft, graduated neutral density filter. Post capture processing was done in Adobe’s Lightroom 4.
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Posing Guide: 21 Sample Poses to Get You Started with Glamour Photography

No doubt, today’s media and advertising industry heavily exploits “fashion” and “sexy” themes (sometimes indeed too much). Over time public perception of what is acceptable has also broadened. This trend drives the demand and naturally glamour photography is increasing in popularity. Specialized glamour photo studios are opening with photographers working together with professional hair and makeup artists in order to provide a kind of “fashion model” experience for their clients.

Increasing popularity of this genre of photography is not surprising, many women like the whole experience – dressing up, trying on different ideas and accessories, creating different moods. And glamour is the perfect match for that. But there are several factors each of which can mean all the difference for the final result – hair and makeup, clothing and accessories, lights and posing. Of course, each of these are a broad subjects and in this article we will only touch the surface of the posing part.

So here follow sample poses that you can use as the starting point for your glamour portraits or simply as an idea for a shot.

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1. Good starting pose for an intimate glamour. Works well in different surface settings: the model, for example, might lie on a bed, on the ground, in the grass, or on a sandy beach.

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2. Just a different variant for the model lying down. Works very well with all body types.

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3. Really nice and lovely pose. Shoot from a low angle. Ask the model to keep her upper body slightly lifted, but the head – slightly tilted down. Toes should always be pointed.

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4. A demanding pose. A few things need to be checked: Supporting hand must be turned away from the body, stomach muscles should be controlled, and feet need to be stretched. Works only with slim to athletic body types.

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5. Another challenging pose. Not so easy to pose and very demanding for a photographer. In order to shoot this pose successfully you have to pay attention and scan all body parts – hands, head, waist (avoid skin creases!), hips and finally legs.

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6. Beautiful pose for an outdoor shooting. Ask your model to lay down, curve her back and stretch her feet.

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7. Beautiful pose for the model lying on the ground. Upper body should be slightly lifted and the model looking back over her shoulder. Works well with all body types. Try different angles and look for the best position by moving gradually around the model.

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8. Easy and simple pose to emphasize a feminine shape. Works also well as a silhouette against a bright background.

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9. Variant for fine arts nude photography. Variations are endless with different hand, leg and head positioning.

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10. Easy and gentle pose. A model should sit on both of her legs and feet, but it shouldn’t be too heavy. Eyes looking over her shoulder.

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11. Easy yet gorgeous pose. Works well in different settings, both indoors and outdoors. Also suitable for a silhouette shot against a bright background.

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12. An absolutely gorgeous pose if done properly. Correct limb positioning is crucial. Works exceptionally well with all body types. Also note that you should make your shots from a slightly elevated angle.

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13. Very challenging pose, leg positioning being the decisive factor for good results. Carefully guide your model to the intended postures. High heel shoes are a must.

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14. Simple and dignified pose. Make sure that model’s face is not partly covered by her hand or shoulder. Eyes looking down to her body creates particularly romantic mood. The raised elbow should be pointing away from the camera.

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15. Very feminine and delicate pose. Remember that glamour and nude photography doesn’t exclude using some props. Sometimes a single piece of clothing might be a superb addition to a shot. Thus, the model might partly cover her body.

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16. Very helpful aid for creating different poses is utilizing a wall (or any other object of a kind). Wall can be used as a place to put hands on, support a body, back, legs etc.

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17. Full height at the wall shot. Again, endless variation and shooting angles are possible.

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18. Following from the previous, for example, change you angle and shoot as well from the back.

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19. An exquisite pose for slim to athletic models. Many variations are possible. Ask the model to curve a body in S shape, twist her hips and change hand positions. Let her turn her head in different directions.

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20. Using a sheer textile as a prop creates endless possibilities for the model and photographer to create very rewarding and outstanding results. Especially marvelous looks can be made in windy weather conditions outdoors.

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21. Another good idea for a creative glamour photography is to shoot in vast open fields, for example, some cornfield or wildflowers meadow or even in a deserted landscape. As previously mentioned some textile or other piece of clothing is very helpful for the model to come up with some interesting and graceful postures.

As a final note I will say once again – each of these initial sample poses is only a starting point. Each pose has endless variations. First of all, the model can always try different face expressions, smiles, head turns, hand and leg placements, body turns and twists etc. Only slight variations can make a completely different pose (and a better one!). Moreover, always remember to take a shot from different angles (up and down, right and left), try changing your distance to subject, try different crops and compositions of your shots. After all, posing is trial and error effort. The more variations you will try, the better results you will get.

Finally, you may want to look at Posing Women Part I and Posing Women Part II articles in this series for additional ideas on posing your models.

And I would really like to hear your experience with these posing samples. Please feel free to leave a comment.

More Posing Guides

If you find this article helpful, you may want to check out previous articles from the posing guide series:

  • Posing Guide: Sample poses for photographing Women – Part I
  • Posing Guide: Sample Poses for Photographing Women – Part II
  • Posing Guide: Sample poses for photographing Men
  • Posing Guide: Sample Poses for photographing Children
  • Posing Guide: Sample Poses for Photographing Couples
  • Posing Guide: Sample Poses for Photographing Groups of People
  • Posing Guide: Sample Poses for Photographing Weddings

Kaspars Grinvalds is a photographer working and living in Riga, Latvia. He is the author of Posing App where more poses and tips about people photography are available.

Post originally from: Digital Photography Tips.

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Posing Guide: 21 Sample Poses to Get You Started with Glamour Photography

Why Would You Not Want Nikon’s Latest FX Camera — Nikon D600?

Why Would You Not Want Nikon’s Latest FX Camera – Nikon D600?

Nikon D600 rumors have finally turned into a reality. Nikon D600 premiers as the first ever Nikon FX line up which happens to be in prosumer range. If you have been waiting for a professional camera like Nikon D800 and the budget was a constraint, Nikon D600 is surely one to look up at.

This 24.3 MP FX camera is packed with enticing features of its big brother – the megapixel monster Nikon D800. On the similar lines of D800, Nikon D600 is also powered by EXPEED 3 processor, has same LCD size and an ISO range of 100-6400, expandable to 25600.

D800 does overshadow D600 with the maximum shutter speed of 1/8000sec., 51 AF points and shutter life cycle of 200,000 shots. But it still manages to hit a sweet-spot between high-end DX cameras and professional FX cameras like D800. It is more like a DX camera (in terms of size and some of its features; scene modes) packed with the power of an FX camera – the full frame sensor for better image quality and high color depth.

Why Would You Not Want Nikons Latest FX Camera - Nikon D600?

Key Highlights: Why You Should Plan To Invest In Nikon D600 Too!

When D800 was out a few months back, I was quite impressed by its specs and professional image quality. But its high cost kept it away from me. Now that a budget FX camera is out, I am making up my mind to buy Nikon D600. Here are some of the reasons why I am looking forward to invest in D600.

  1. Economic Price

    Nikon D600 camera body comes $900 cheaper than D800. Nikon D600 costs around $2099.95 approx. The deal is clubbed up with a 24-85mm VR lens kit for $2699.95. And the major dealers like Amazon and B&H are offering exclusive discounts. You can check out the discounts here.

  2. Pixel Density [Low]

    Other than price the second most important factor for investing in Nikon D600 is it’s image quality. Theoretically, lower pixel density means better image quality given all other factors are equal. Now comparing it with Nikon D800′s megapixel count; i.e. 36.3 million effective pixels crammed on 35.9mm x 24mm sensor size, it is obvious that Nikon D600′s 24.3 million pixels etched on a full frame sensor result in a better image quality.

  3. A Higher FPS

    Nikon D600 features 5.5 fps in continuous shooting mode at full resolution as compared to 4 fps burst rate of Nikon D800. And as far as videos are concerned, Nikon D600 has basically the same fps as D800 – 1920 x 1080 resolution video at 30, 25, 24 frames-per-second and 1280 x 720 video at 50 and 60 fps.

  4. ISO Equivalent To D800′s ISO Sensitivity

    Both the cameras rank equally for low light performance, both of them have an ISO range of ISO 100 – 6400 expandable to ISO 25600. Take a look at one of the official sample images of D600 below.

    Why Would You Not Want Nikons Latest FX Camera - Nikon D600?

  5. Wi-Fi Functionality

    Nikon D600 provides a sophisticate Wi-Fi functionality as compared to traditional WT-4A support for D800. You get an optional WU-1b Wireless Adapter with the camera which enables you to wirelessly fire the shots and transfer the photos to Wi-Fi enables devices like your laptop, printer and smartphone.

  6. Lightweight Full Frame Camera

    Nikon sheds 140gms of camera body weight while moving from D800 to D600 to make D600 Nikon’s most compact full-frame HD-SLR ever (as Nikon promotes it). It’s lightweight build makes it easier to move about with the camera for shooting through the day.

Quick Overview Of Nikon D600 Specs

  • Sensor: 24.3 MP FX (full frame sensor – 35.9mm x 24.0mm)
  • Max Image Size: 6,016 x 4,016
  • Viewfinder: Eye-level pentaprism with 100% frame coverage and 0.70x magnification
  • Lens Compatibility: AF-S or AF lenses fully compatible, metering with AI lenses
  • Fastest Shutter Speed: 1/4000 sec.
  • FPS: 5.5 frames per second
  • ISO Sensitivity: ISO 100-6400, expandable to 25600
  • Auto Focus Points: 39 AFpoints
  • Movie: HD 1,920×1,080 at 30,25, 24 fps and 1,280×720 at 60, 50, 30 and 25 fps
  • Screen Size: 3.2 in. diagonally, 921k dots
  • Wi-Fi: WU-1b Wireless Mobile Adapter
  • GPS: GP-1 GPS unit, GP-1A GPS unit
  • Battery: EN-EL15 Lithium-ion Battery (Battery Life: 900 shots per charge)
  • Approx Weight: 26.8 oz. (760g) – camera body only

So, why should you not want Nikon D600?

Funny Acts Of Crazy Father

You strength keep in mind photographer Jason Lee’s imaginative portraits of his daughters that place them in entertaining state of affairs. There’s amazing actually sweet concerning a father’s tip of sight of his little girl that is together cheering and gorgeous. In a comparable fashion, photographer Dave Engledow captures creative photos of his little archangel, except he’s feature in the portraits as healthy. With his “World’s most excellent Father” mug in tow, the DC-based dad can be see expenditure some excellence occasion by means of his daughter while being hysterically irresponsible. Engledow says, “Since the delivery of our daughter Alice Bee in December 2010, the preponderance of my motivation has stem from imaginatively document the primary moments of her existence in our family.” Check out these funny pictures.

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There’s no hard and fast rule to achieve creative portrait photography nor there are guidelines and steps to think out of the box. But one thing’s for sure, for those who create some of the most creative photos in the world, they have great passion for photography and some good few years of practices and experience.

Here is a collection of some really creative portrait photographs that truly inspires.

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Your first year of running a new business will chart a steep learning curve. No matter how careful or knowledgeable you try to be, mistakes will happen. Get used to the idea.

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