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Portrait Photography: From Snapshots to Great Shots by Erik Valind

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3. Posing, Rapport, and Problem Solving

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Nikon D700 • ISO 200 • 1/160 sec. • f/13 • 24–70mm lens

How to successfully communicate, plan, and pose while working with your subject

Posing subjects naturally, giving direction before and during the shoot, providing feedback, and suggesting posing tips to make people look their best are critical aspects of creating great shots.

People make the portrait, not places or things. Your connection with the person on the other end of the lens will make or break the end result. This relationship has a profound effect on how you need to approach portrait photography, which I strongly believe is the most impactful ...

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