December 2020 // The How-to Edition


99% of the time your model or clients have never taken a picture like this before. They need to stay as still as possible for this to look good, otherwise they will look like a blurry mess in the final image. Don’t get them in a pose that would be nearly impossible for them to stay still. Sorry, but I doubt even the most talented ballerina in the world would be able to hold themselves en pointe and stay perfectly still for 30 seconds. The more stability you give them the easier it will be for them to stay perfectly still. What you want to do is get them in poses where they can naturally lean or rest on something. They can be leaning on a wall, sitting down, laying down (although it might be hard to see them), or standing with two feet on a solid surface. Don’t forget the hands as well. It’s easier to keep them still if they are resting on an object, on hips or in pockets. You can have them raise their arms up if it in some way adds to the story of the image, but just keep in mind there may be a little bit of motion blur. One good way to reduce the amount of motion blur your camera picks up is to pose your subject further away from the lens. The more distance between the subject and the camera the less obvious smaller movements will be. Place your subjects further away from the camera if you plan on having them pose in a way that is not entirely stable.

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