Basic posing tips for all

Posing tips for men, women, and groups

Every photographer remembers the time when they photograph models. The photograph is set, with an appropriate background and great backlight and with the click of the shutter the photo is taken. But sometimes even after all this setup the subject of the photo looks heavy.

Posing is important as it is the way by which a photographer captures the subject in their most flattering position. It is also in the photographer’s hand to keep the photo interesting while doing so.

Posing tips for models: while posing as models the rules differ for men and women. No cameraman would want to use male postures on females and female postures on males. Although such a risky move in crossing over the poses could produce an interesting photograph.

Some additional posing tips:

  • The chin down poses; if the chin is not down the neck portion is likely to get all the attention in the photograph. Mostly the subjects unintentionally lift their chin up in the photograph. Most people do this for being afraid of double chins. There is a solution to this problem too that is the turtle neck in which the subjects push their chin out.
  • Tips for women while posing:
  • Taking the picture from an angle. Unless and until the subject is a tiny woman it is better to avoid the a pose in which hips and shoulder are straight on to the camera. A woman looks better with her hips at the camera with her shoulders turned, while she faces back to the camera. This pose increases the femininity in the photo.
  • A woman is all about her curves. A woman looks better and more feminine in a pose in which the elbows, wrists bend a little or even curl the fingers a bit or grasp the collar or touch the neck with the pointer finger. To bring out the curves the female subject is often advised to shift her weight on one leg and bent the knee.
  • Another effective factor is to drop the chin a bit and tilt the head slightly without exposing the neck totally.
  • Avoiding the photographic crotches like up the noses and underarms is another important reminder for the female subjects.
  • While photographing a heavier woman it is advisable to use a prop to flatter the subject’s pose.
  • Posing in groups: the best posing arrangement for a group is in the form of a pyramid with either the point on top or even an inverted pyramid. The photographer must make sure that all the faces of the subjects can be seen distinctly and the subject’s head must have a separation of at least three inches if possible, in order to keep the heads at different heights. As for example if a couple is posed then the female subject’s eyes must be aligned with the male person’s mouth. If it is a family photo it is more fun to have them cuddle each other tightly to make an interesting photograph.

The classic posing tip:

The last of all the tips would be that all poses do not look alike for all people. It is important to determine what poses would suit the subjects better before taking the photograph. The cameraman must not hesitate to try out different poses with or without props to suit a subject or the group until the best look is captured. Some photographers wanting to try things out of the box but even while doing so one must not be afraid of using the classic photography poses. When the classic poses of photography use the photos produced are timeless. Once the classics are mastered it is very easy for a photographer to add their personal touch or flair to the images to make them more popular.

Don Blair is known as the granddaddy of poses and photography postures. The book called “Body Parts” is one that is considered to be one of the best books found based on body poses and has been providing users readers with great tips. This book can be referred for users to learn classic posing tips.


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