Foundations: Traditional Head Positions

Looking towards the camera, or looking away? These five head positions offer a little more nuance to your portrait photography.

As with the traditional lighting patterns, these head positions hark back to a time when meeting specific technical expectations was considered more important than capturing atmosphere and emotion. Nevertheless, they are useful to consider in your photography as they make you think about the nuances of positioning your subject. Feel free to come up with some more inventive names for them,

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