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Laljit S. Sidhu
BetterPhoto Member Since: 8/13/2002

Posing Question

I took this photograph of my wife and both of us were disappointed. She looks much heavier in this image than she really is. She graciously allowed me to post this image for feedback.

I would like advice on what I did wrong with posing her and what I could do better next time.

Also, I noticed an odd cast in the image after it was scanned. Is that an artifact of the scanning process? I use a Dimage ScanDual III. Is there something I am missing in the settings for the scanner.


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6/19/2003 9:26:32 PM

Maynard  McKillen   Dear Laljit:
Imagine this: you are about to take the photo again, but you decide to move about ten steps to your left. From this new position, you ask your wife to turn her head toward you. She may also need to turn her shoulders slightly. From this new position, you notice that your wife's head is now closest to you, followed by her torso and then her legs. I suspect that after you make minor adjustments in your position, you may find this offers a more pleasing composition.
As you look at the first image, which you posted, you may notice that your wife's legs are closer to the camera than her torso or her head. Since her legs are closer, they can appear larger in proportion to the rest of her than they really are. By moving to a new postion, you change the proportions of her head, torso and legs to what I suspect is a more pleasing ratio.
Portrait photographers often position their subjects so that the head is slightly closer to the camera than the shoulders, torso and legs.
Yes, your wife has been gracious. She has agreed to become part of your journey to becoming a fine photographer. Now you must be equally gracious to her at Christmas, Mother's Day and on her birthday...

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6/20/2003 5:43:28 AM

Debby A. Tabb   Also, May I add rest the arm and hand on the hip will look nice or better yet,have her bring her right hand to met the left and elbow lifted- when ever you show space between the waist and arm you make the person appear thiner or proper.(i belive this is covered in my CD)
Best of luck, debby tabb

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11/5/2004 8:35:47 AM

Shauna Linde
BetterPhoto Member Since: 6/10/2004
  I agree fully with Maynard and the suggestion made to move to the left is what I would recommend as well. There were two things I noticed first when looking at the picture and that was, her face is so far back in comparison to her legs. It's much more important to have her face closer to the camera. It's just more pleasing to the eye as generally when you look/approach/talk to a person you make contact first with their face and eyes. Secondly, having her left arm resting along her leg rather than on the ground in front of it may keep the image "flowing" as her arm may draw the viewer from her face along her arm and down her legs rather than seeing her legs as the part that "cuts off" her torso from the rest of her.

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11/5/2004 7:16:58 PM

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