Posing a model or subject can be a dreaded task to some photographers. If you never had training in how to pose your subject, or picked up a book on posing techniques then I am glad that you’re here. Below are 4 simple tips to help bring some flavor to your portraits. 4 quick and easy posing tips for your portrait photography.
- Comfort: Make sure your subject is comfortable, otherwise he/she will look very stiff. That does not make for a good photograph.
- Turn: Have your subject spin his/her body in one direction. It will add some depth to the image and possibly make the subject look more flattering.
- Bend: Elbows, knees, wrists. What do they have in common? They bend! If it bends, bend it. No need for super straight people in a photograph.
- Burst: Put your camera on continuous. If you’re using flash, or even out in the sun, people blink. If you’re photographing a child, they’re fast and they run! I know this tip isn’t directly related to posing your subject but it ties in to having your subject look flattering. Blinking eyes can make a great moment…ugly.
Have your own posing tips for a portrait photography? Comment below to share.
Thanks for reading and happy shooting,