« on: September 25, 2012, 02:21:40 AM »
Awkward can come in many forms. Posing is a science and an art.
In this case she feels staged. People don't really sit/stand like that. She looks happy, but in an overacting sort of way. There's version ways you can change things, but the most glaring I see is the stiff links. Natural poses don't have taught legs and arms. A general rule of posing is "if it beds, bend it".
But then you have to take it further. You need to sit yourself in the poses you place people in. Think about how it feels and watch how people sit when they are not trying to pose but look good.
The top one is actually pretty nice. Expect you tilted the camera for no apparent reason and it makes her fee awkward. The one with the guitar on the dock would have been great with a little less processing and more importantly, without her leg sticking out like she has a wooden implant.
Same with one the below (though generally you don't want to pose straight on to the camera).
On the bottom you have a fairly nice setup, but you left a stilted overexposed foot in the air which draws the eye away from her face. Imagine if the was laying sideways at about 45 degree angle. She would feel more natural he legs would flow out all the way instead of growing our of her hair and we would not be looking straight down her shirt (though with this outfit that's not a huge deal).
Just some thoughts. It's all the little things that count in a pose. Every finger matters. It's easy to do, but don't fall into the trap of feeling you have to keep the shutter clicking. Slow down and really "see" what you subject actually looks like.