1. Understanding and Posing the Spine

The combinations that a photographer can choose from when posing a subject are endless. Literally. But the one thing that is constant is that your subject’s spine must be straight. The spine is the cornerstone of any pose. Ignore the spine and the whole pose will fly out the window. So, if I can help you with one thing in this book, let it be this statement: The spine must always be straight and as tall as possible. Now, there are times when we must push the spine into positions that it is not used to.

For example, to make a person look more confident, we must stretch the spine to make it as long as possible. However, as we take the spine to its limits, we must also keep in mind what I call the “posing threshold.” ...

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