When it comes to photography, you might have everything that you require for a great picture. You might have an appropriate background, perfect light and a great model. But when you click the photo, it doesn’t look so good on your camera. And on the computer, it might not look flattering at all. This can happen when there is a lack of a proper pose. Just having all the good ingredients to cook up a great photo isn’t enough. Posing is crucial.
Posing is a way to capture your subject at their best while making the image look interesting.
Posing tips for models
Posing rules are different for men and women. Mostly, you never want to use male poses for women and female poses on men. Although, if there is a particular reason to cross over the poses, an interesting photograph can be created from it.
Follow these posing tips:
1. Have your subject bring their chin down; otherwise the neck will draw more attention. It often happens that people unconsciously lift their chin while being photographed. If they are asked to lower their chin a little, they might say that they are afraid of double chins. So to cure this fear of a double chin, have them push their chin out. This way, there won’t be a double chin.
2. Posing tips for women:
- Women look more feminine if their elbows or wrists are bent. Also, curling their fingers around their necklace can give a flattering pose. Have them shift their weight to one leg, and then bend a knee.
- Have your subject tilt her head a bit and drop her chin.
- Photograph them from an angle. Unless your subject is very tiny, women never look great with their hips and shoulders directly facing the camera. Ask them to pose with their hips at the camera, while turning their face and shoulders back towards the camera.
3. While photographing heavier women, find them a flattering prop. For instance, having them cuddle a cute pillow can create a great photo.
Do not photograph underarms, up noses and crotches.
While photographing groups, try to arrange them in a manner so that they form pyramids. Either ask the tallest subject to stand at the centre or form an inverted pyramid. Make sure that all the faces are visible. If possible, separate your subjects’ heads at least by 3 inches vertically, so their heads are at different heights. For instance, first ask the Dad to pose and then the Mom. This way, her eyes will be level with Dad’s mouth. Also, for families, asking them to cuddle in together can give adorable pictures.