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Old 12-05-2006   #31
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Rule 33. (Group Portraiture) Have the subjects at either end of the image face in toward the center. *This will keep the viewer's attention on the subjects. *I also use this technique when placing the preview images in my high school senior folios. *The images on the left side of the folio all face to the right and those on the right face left. *The master painters of the Rennaissance used this technique to keep the viewers attention within the painting.

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Rule 34. Use A Telephoto Lens - Short telephoto lenses will prevent foreshortening (covered in rule # 23) which is where objects nearest the lens will appear larger than objects farther away.* Use of a short telephoto lens in group portraiture will make all the faces approximately the same size regardless of whether they are in the front row or the rear row. I used a short telephoto lens in virtually every one of the images in this tutorial.

Rule 35. Avoid Posing A Bride Kneeling on the Floor.* The wedding gown is designed to look best and usually flows the most beautifully (and therefore photographs best) when the bride is standing.* A bride seated on a posing stool for a head and shoulders image or for a waist up or 3/4 length shot is of course perfectly acceptable.

Rule 36. Hand Placement. Use good taste in the placement of hands. The hand(s) of the client should not disappear between his or her legs and the hand(s) of a young lady should not be placed on top of either of her breasts, nor should a young man's hands be on the buttocks or breasts of the female client. When photographing hands watch that the middle finger doesn't protrude out further than the rest of the fingers.

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As mentioned earlier, these "rules" are really guidelines. Once you know them you can judiciously break them.

I'm told rock musicians study the great composers of classical music to gain an understanding of the "rules" of composition in music so they can become great musicians in their genre.
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Old 12-05-2006   #33
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Here is a link to a quick and dirty PDF. I will try to refine a bit later. Thank you again Benji for a great tutorial.

Right click on link and save target as.

http://www.focusingonflorida.com/Doc...ortraiture.pdf
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Old 12-05-2006   #34
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Thanks Russell for making that.

Benji, do you mind if I or anyone prints this with your photos on there for educational purposes only?
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No problem. Glad to be of assistance. Also I have a 45 minute long DVD with lots of these images and more and it also shows exactly how to do some of them and some poses that are not shown here that are more exciting! I have also written a book Posing and Lighting ForThe Senior Girl. PM me if you are interested in one or both.

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Old 12-20-2006   #36
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No problem. Glad to be of assistance. Also I have a video with lots of these images and more and it also shows exactly how to do some of them and some that are more exciting! PM me.

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How can I get a copy of your video? I love your Tutorial, and would like your permission to print it out for study purposes only.
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Old 12-21-2006   #37
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wow, so much to learn in this thread
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Great thread. Thanks again.
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Old 12-21-2006   #39
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Benji,

I frequently visit back through this posting, to keep refreshing what the rules are.* I really appreciate the time you put into it.
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Old 12-22-2006   #40
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Thanks Benji for the effort put into this. All very helpful, including the breaking of the rules. Also thanks for the PDF of it


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