Posing Tips Every Photographer Needs to Know

excerpt from creativelive.com/blog

Photo courtesy Lindsay Adler.

It’s simple – to be a glamour, portrait, boudoir or wedding photographer who has a living, breathing subject, you need to pay attention to the posing tips you’re giving your clients. It’s more than just telling people how and where to stand. The recipe for success in the realm of portrait photography is one part communication, one part planning, and one part skill — all topped with a friendly, comforting presence. Having a strong knowledge of posing techniques is a large part of that.

Here are a few photography posing tips from today’s top working photographers:

A Natural Posing Guide

Think about your client and how they want to be represented in your image. Most male clients want to appear masculine, but females don’t necessarily want the opposite — they want to be strong. Do your research and interview your subject so you know what the perfect pose will be for them. You need to know not only what kind of person they are, but how they want to be portrayed. Then, it is your professional responsibility to know how to achieve the desired result using poses that look natural and authentic. This relies heavily on communication with your client to understand their demeanor and personality.

Join Lindsay Adler for styling and posing tips for full figured women. Learn more.

To learn more about effective communication and posing tips, check out this clip from legendary glamour photographer Lou Freeman:

Know How to Find and Get the Most of Rembrandt Light

Rembrandt lighting is your best friend — but only if you know how to position your subject at the right angles. You can bring in all the flashes and lighting equipment you want, but if you can’t use natural Rembrandt lighting, you’ll never be able to move outside your studio! Shadows are great, but you need to discover the right balance to get a fabulous shot. Learn from Clay Blackmore here:

Be Aware of the Whole Body

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