Posing your Subjects

One of the ways that you can make your portraits really look great is by properly posing your subject(s). If you spend the time working with your subject to find the right pose, it can really help your final portraits.

Posing can be different when you’re capturing shots to portray a certain mood or emotion, and poses can be very difficult when you’re working with typical females vs. typical males. Of course, we all know by now that stereotypical gender roles are kind of irrelevant these days, but some of these tips can give you a good starting point for making your subject look stronger or more gentle. Keep in mind that these tips won’t necessarily work right for all genders and all people.

“Female” style portraits

“Male” style portraits

Posing couples

Making adjustments

We also have some posing guides in blue photography binders.

Those guides can also be accessed here

For today, practice posing a subject and think about what you are trying to achieve, and how moving your subject’s body in a certain way helps to achieve that goal. Practice now and shoot some portraits. It will really help to look carefully at your portraits later to get a sense of the success of your poses.

Next week, I will have you pose a subject and explain to me why you are giving the directions that you choose.




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