Sunday, August 20, 2006

08/20/06: Posing Tips - Masculine or Feminine?

Posing Tips - The Head Tilt, Masculine or Feminine Tilt?

For most portrait situations, a slight to moderate head tilt will improve the composition of an image. The old rule of thumb says that a masculine tilt is where the head is tilted toward the high shoulder while with a feminine tilt, the head is tilted toward the low shoulder. However, rules are meant to be broken. I tend to believe photographer Jeff Smith's advice (author of several portrait photography books)...male or female shouldn't matter, the head should tilt toward the shoulder that looks best in the composition of the image.

You be the judge...here are some examples.


All images - copyright 2004 - Daniel J. Watkins

Best advice -- don't be afraid to experiment to find what works best for your subject. :)

Keep it real!
~DJW

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