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How to Achieve the Best Posesfrom Your Photographed Subjects
Photography As An Art 
Photography becomes an art when one captures the true essence of a subjectin its environment. Many individuals grasp photography’s artistic composurewhen they encounter a photograph, whereby the subject influences anemotional or empathetic response. The elements for composing this type of art require the photographer to adhere to some rather basic and advancedconcepts of posing the subject
How the Subject’s Pose Influences the Quality of thePhotograph
An artistic photograph invokes a sense of movement within the audience.This movement comes in the form of an emotional response, such as passion, sympathy or happiness. Thefeeling, itself, constructs a relationship between the artist and the audience,which extends through nonverbalcommunication. Famous artist dedicatethe foundation of this relationship as tohow the subjects composureinfluences the audience’s response.Humans relate to each other throughthe form of pictographic, verbalnonverbal and written communication.In some instances, the subject of a photograph speaks to the audiencethrough body language as form of nonverbal communication, such asfacial expressions, poised movement, gestures or position within the
surrounding environment. As an exercise, review the individual in the photographs below:Can you see how the subject’s poise in the first photograph influences asense of openness, welcoming and fulfillment towards the audience?When first viewing the photograph, was it easy to put yourself in thesubject’s shoes and feel the enormity of the environment in comparison to alone human being in the midst of it all?
The Importance of Learning How to Pose the Subject 
The information included within the following paragraphs will detail howthe subject’s pose communicatescertain messages to the audiencethrough kinesics behaviors,more commonly known as aform of nonverbalcommunication. The importanceof bodily components detailed inthis article doesn’t merely formrudimentary arrangementguidelines. Rather, we discussthe rules of logically ordering of the body in the process of posing a subject.
Adhering to the rules detailed in any art form can seem restrictive at first butremember, a solid foundation paves way for personalized creativity to beappreciated by your peers, the general public and you.
How the Body Affects Composition
Start with the actual body of the subject, as this will be the most viewed anddominant element of the photograph. Positioning the body towards the frontwill produce a sense of ordinary posture, possibly strength and affirmation of the subject’s beliefs.Positioning the body in a profile may project the subject has become pre-occupied with their environment or faces away from your audience in a lessthan welcoming sense. The body’s position acts as the foundation of whichto build the rest of the subject’s message to the audience through nonverbalcommunication.
How the Legs Affect Composition
After configuring a posing position for the body, consider the position of thelegs. The position of the legsshould reinforce the meaningexpressed by the body.Crossed legs often convey amessage of insecurity,secrecy or proper posture for alady. Dangling legs project asense of freedom ohelplessness. Use the positionof the legs to affirm theviewer’s belief about the photograph as seen from the body’s configured pose.It is important to reaffirm nonverbal communication messages with the legsin order to avoid sending mixed signals to the audience. If your subject’s body faces towards the camera in a head on view, make sure the legsstrengthen a message of confidence, openness or security of self bycomposing the subject without crossing of the legs as this can send amessage of hostility or confrontation.

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