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| p.1 #5 · Why did we forget how to take good portraits? |
Well, we put an enormous effort into preparation so that we know exactly what setups need to be taken and who each person is by name. Then we've established a system so those people have the proper communication to be where they need to be on time. We've significantly eliminated the "cat wrangling" aspect of formals. From there we've gotten the posing down to a science using depth, levels and posing to knock out great looking group shots quickly and efficiently. Basically, extensive planning, understanding what the brain/eye finds interesting, and learning how to arrange bodies to look their best.
I'll also mention that many people place their formals for the background and we've started picking the location for the light and simplifying/minimizing the background has been a huge help. That and just being able to know the best place to take the images (a combination of light, furniture, accessibility) helps a bunch.
I'm working on some way to teach this stuff, so if anyone has suggestions let me know.