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3 Point Posing Guide
Old 08-30-2007, 12:18 PM   #1 (permalink)
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I beleive that there is a rule when models pose in front of the camera i think its called the 3 point posing technique or something like that. not exactly sure. i think its to do with the head angeled at 1 direction the body at another and the leg at a 3rd directions. can some please exlain to me what that means. photographic aids well be helpful. thanks.
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Old 08-30-2007, 12:49 PM   #2 (permalink)
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There's one on photo camel called 123 - is that it?


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Re: 3 Point Posing Guide
Old 08-30-2007, 01:04 PM   #3 (permalink)
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I have not heard of such a rule -- but that doesn't mean it's not out there! Following your description, I imagine a few things that this might mean...

a) With slight variations in angle, the pose should look natural and add depth.
b) As the angles increase, the pose will begin to look unnatural and "forced".
c) Having a subject pose facing 3 different headings implies action -- and if looking at the camera, that the photographer just grabbed the model's attention.

Here is a shot that is posed on 3 different planes:

1) The legs are almost parallel to the camera plane
2) The shoulders are nearly perpendicular to the camera plane -- note that the eyes are on the same vector as the shoulders in this particular shot.
3) The head (and therefore the face) are at an angle slightly off of the eyes and shoulder, pointed to the camera left.
4) Fashion photographers probably use poses like this most.

(I dug this out just for this post, so no post-processing was done beyond crop & resize for the forum...this isn't a "finished" photo...just one that illustrates a pose I think you're trying to describe.)

As I mentioned above, this looks posed because the angles are fairly extreme.
I could see how this or something similar would be described as a 3-point pose, but again I've never heard it specifically called such.

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Old 08-30-2007, 01:08 PM   #4 (permalink)
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It usually just refers to how you go about posing a model in steps. If doing a full length, you might first get the legs posed, then the torso, and then the head. RG talks about this in his workshops. Obviously, if you are not doing full length shots, then it would not work. But the general principle, is that is easier to pose one part of the body at a time than all at once. When using this sort of idea, be sure the model understands that as you direct each portion of her body into a pose, that she is to hold that part of he pose and only move the part of the body that you name. Many beginning models will tend to move the part of the body you've already posed unless you give good direction. Be sure that your directions are precise rather than vague. Don't, for example, say "twist to the right" if you really mean twist just the torso to the right.

I often use a posing guide to show the model the pose I'm working toward. A guide can be any book with photos of people in different poses. For example, I often use Gil Elvgren's book of pinup illustrations as a guide.

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Old 08-31-2007, 10:42 AM   #5 (permalink)
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i've not heard of a 3-point rule but your description sounds a lot like having the model create an "S" curve with her body: head going one way, torso pushing out the other, then hips/legs bending the other. Great (sexy) for full-body and 3/4 shots with femmes. Not so great for posing men.
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yea i guess JIMMYD, CHUCK n RFS both u r right thats what i was wondering about the s-shape and id its really important, i mean a compulsary rule to follow else without it the picture would look flat etc. but i guess u've explained it now. yea this s-shape will not work on male models is there a rule for males model as well?
Thx COLT, i tried to register for that site to chck up on the 1-2-3 posing technique but coudnt get throu. il try again later.
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...is there a rule for males model as well?
with men, have them make a "C"
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