Posing for Photographers
During a photographers career a variety of people will appear in front of the lens. Some will be clients, some friends, some other professionals, and even family members. Many will say a spontaneous image is best, and in some cases this is very true. Other cases require the watchful eye of the photographer to accomplish the best image and avoid embarrassed subjects. Even professional models may not realize how they appear in a particular set, so some gentle guidance can be very helpful.
Some tips that Lindsay mentions in many of her presentations is negative space. In other words, moving the arms and legs to create definition and interest toward your subject. Think of a typed page of words without paragraphs or spacing. Tedious to say the least. Positioning the arms and legs are important, but also remember what is closest to the camera looks larger. Giving a person a large elbow, knee, or even a foot is not necessarily flattering.
One of the most prolific teachers in the industry is Lindsay Adler, who is a fashion and portrait photographer based in New York City. She has been featured many times on CreativeLive.com , providing valuable tips on a wide variety of photography related topics. She also produces independent content that she provides to fellow photographers on a regular basis.
One may think that sitting chair poses may be easy. Well, not necessarily since many people, even professionals may slouch within a chair. Here is a quick clip to give you some tips: Seated Poses.
As strange as it may seem, posing hands even for a professional model can be challenging. Little things such as turning the palm of the hand toward the camera can appear very bright and distracting particularly when photographing with strobes within the studio. This can even be more pronounced when shooting a head and shoulders image. Putting too much pressure with the hand on a body part can actually distort a body. Here are some more tips: Posing Hands.
Some photographers struggle when it comes to posing full figured clients to get the most flattering images from a session. Creating negative space, moving legs and arms, shifting shadows can often make or break a image - Full figured
When posing clients or models who may be wearing an dress with a concept on movement of the dress for a more dynamic look can also be challenging since the model may be moving requiring the need to rapidly recompose a shot to get the desired look. One way to handle this situation is here: Motion
There are endless variations to the above, but if the photographer keeps in mind certain essentials the final images may come out even better than imagined.