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Old 09-28-2006   #1
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This technique is used mostly on younger females and will add that "extra touch" to your images to raise them above what the other guy is doing.* A brief description is in order however.

"The 1-3-2 posing technique is where the body is turned 45 degrees away from the camera and also away from the main light source (position # 1) then the face is turned back beyond the camera position additional 20 degrees or so (position # 3) then the eyes are brought back to the camera position (position # 2.)* The main light is always cross lighting the female form in this technique and will draw a pleasing short light pattern on the face."* This is rather wordy so I will attach several images to show the technique.* This technique can be used for head shots, waist up, 3/4 length or full length poses when seated or when standing and is usually used only on young females.

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P.S. I demonstrate in detail this technique in my video. PM me for further information.

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Another, this time a 3/4 length and outdoors.

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Another, seated this time.

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Is the mainlight aimed down the line of the shoulders as a general rule?
1 turn body away 45 degrees
2 turn head back +20
3 eyes to camera.

have I got this right?
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Lovely, just lovely. Thanks so much for this explanation and the examples. I'll try it out.

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As you can see this technique places more whites of the eyes on one side which gives the image more panache. *Whenever you can move something off center, place something that we have two of at different levels or one above the other, lean the body, twist the torso or tilt the head you will find the image will have that little extra something, especially if you combine them all together into one image.

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Can you explain the fill lighting you use?
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Can you explain the fill lighting you use?
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I use a 62 inch umbrella about 12 feet in front of the subject and about six to eight feet above the floor (for standing poses and poses seated on a chair or stool.) The fill light should "follow the nose."

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I use a 62 inch umbrella about 12 feet in front of the subject and about six to eight feet above the floor (for standing poses and poses seated on a chair or stool.) The fill light should "follow the nose."

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What is your ratio of fill to key lighting? How far/close are you placing the fill?


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