Ef­fec­tively pose male mod­els for strik­ing im­agery

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The main dif­fer­ence be­tween men and women is their body shape. Women are gen­er­ally less an­gu­lar than men, while the male body con­sists of de­fined an­gles and rigid shapes. for gek­man, “While cre­at­ing a man’s por­trait i fol­low the same rules as for a woman’s one. i choose poses de­pend­ing on the theme of the shoot and the im­age i want to cre­ate. for men’s por­traits i usu­ally use harder light­ing. as a rule, there are one or two sources of light, i put up a side­light to get deeper shad­ows and to make the im­age more dra­matic. To cre­ate deeper shad­ows i use black pan­els. in ad­di­tion, i use one source of light to il­lu­mi­nate the dis­tance shot thus sep­a­rat­ing the model from the back­ground.” sa­muel Bouget (WWW.PORTRAITSBYSAM.

COM) says, “Be­cause of­ten the in­ten­tion be­hind a male por­trait will not be the same as the one be­hind a fe­male por­trait, pos­ing will be af­fected. Male por­trai­ture is not gen­er­ally con­sid­ered in terms of beauty or pleas­ing ap­pear­ance, but more in terms of con­vey­ing an im­pres­sion of con­fi­dence, strength, willpower or any other qual­ity gen­er­ally as­so­ci­ated with man­hood. help­ing a man pose well will be eas­ier once you have de­cided which im­pres­sion you want to con­vey to the viewer. for ex­am­ple, if you ask a model to con­vey an im­pres­sion of strength and con­fi­dence, telling him that this is your in­ten­tion will help him a lot. You may then ask him to close his eyes (i use this tip a lot and it works very well for me) and think of mo­ments in the past when he was very con­fi­dent – the con­fi­dence should be seen in his eyes. ask­ing him to lower his head just a lit­tle may in­crease the im­pres­sion of strength and de­ter­mi­na­tion. With this in­ten­tion in mind, a pos­ing mis­take, in my opin­ion, would be to tilt the head back a lit­tle, for this con­veys more of an im­pres­sion of haugh­ti­ness. Or, if the body was too slumped, it may pre­vent you from con­vey­ing con­fi­dence.

“if you are fol­low­ing me with this no­tion of in­ten­tion, and the fact that the pos­ing will de­pend on the type of por­trait you want to make, i think you will un­der­stand that i can­not give you a list of poses that work best for men. how­ever, i think we can say that some poses will prob­a­bly work bet­ter for men than for women be­cause of the im­pres­sion they con­vey. for ex­am­ple, ask­ing a man to cross his arms, to put his hand or his hands in his pock­ets, or do up but­tons of a jacket.

“The light set­ups i use will be the same as the ones de­scribed for fe­male mod­els, but i may use harder light. for in­stance, the age of the model may change the way i light him. if the per­son is quite old for ex­am­ple, i may try to use harder light to em­pha­sise the wrin­kles and thus the char­ac­ter of the model. how­ever, hard light may also be in­ter­est­ing for a younger model if you in­tend to have a more dra­matic ef­fect.”


STRONG LINES use light­ing to em­pha­sise the tex­ture and rigid lines on a man’s face

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