If you have a friend or family member who is an artist and are looking for the perfect present for them this Christmas and holiday season, you might be having a tough time. After all, it can be hard buying for creative-minded individuals. But, I have found something that may just be exactly what you need.
If the artist you know uses people as subjects or is planning to try to start to do this, some sort of posing resource can be ideal. That’s where the books (available in both print and electronic formats) at Posemuse will do the job and more. With everything from sitting positions to poses for fight scenes, the site has a complete series of guides that can help in nearly any scenario.
After all, it is that time of year.
I came up with the idea and gave it a go and here’s what I ended up with as the final product.
Shameless plug, I’m selling these if you’re interested.
Handmade, original and unique, featuring a clear plastic construction so they aren’t going to be shattering or breaking easily. I do 3 or less color options for them. Each includes a one of a kind Jackson Pollock style (Action Painting a form of Abstract Impressionism) design that can be anything from the colors of your favorite sports team to a nation’s flag or business logo.
No matter what type of camera you use, from the old school film units to modern digital SRLs, or disposables to your phone, there are a few things you can do that will not require doing any edits and will improve your photography.
1. Do not always center your subject
In many instances, a subject positioned slightly off-center can be more appealing. See my article on the Rule of Thirds.
2. Do not always shoot in either landscape or portrait
If you are shooting with a standard camera, the tendency might be to go with a landscape shot and rarely switch to portrait. This is the opposite for cell phones. Change things up once in a while, you will be pleasantly suprised.
3. Do not use your flash on default
When at all possible, you should avoid the flash. This is because it tends to cast hard shadows and wash out the people or objects in your photos.