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Old 17-10-2013, 03:07   #1 (permalink)
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I get very nervous pre shoot because I am not good at posing people for their photos. I want to put people in comfortable eye pleasing positions. Sometimes I get great shots and sometimes the just don't look right, can anyone give me feedback in order to form better composition and posing. What is wrong with me?
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Old 17-10-2013, 03:40   #2 (permalink)
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there's nothing wrong with you. we all go through the same stage and it takes time to grow out of that stage. I still struggle with the same thing. when my subject asks what do you want me to do, I usually find myself saying idk which is really bad. it is of course easier when you're working with people you know. because there's already a connection. if you're working with complete strangers, I suggest that you get to know them a little better before the shoot. what kind of a personality they have? what do they like to do in their free time? perhaps have a little chat with them while on your way to the location. joke around a little bit. it'll get both you and your subject a little relaxed. I have some drawings of poses in my phone to fall back and sometimes I'll show it to them. Ask for their opinion. take couple of accessories with you - i.e. hats, shades etc. hands are very important. if they are holding something, it'll look a little more natural. if they don't know what to do with their hands, it'll give the portrait rather an artificial feel to it. taking pictures of people are tricky. you're not just taking a picture of a pretty face. you're freezing their emotions, you're capturing their personality. so it takes time. I'm still very rusty on the subject myself. give yourself some time
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Old 17-10-2013, 05:34   #3 (permalink)
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Thank you! That is a great guide. I actually bring poses on my phone but always forget to look at it in the moment. I am going to work on some poses in the guide in my next session.
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Old 17-10-2013, 09:14   #4 (permalink)
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I think jayaruwan has covered posing quite succinctly. I can only add that you need to keep on experimenting. Eventually you will find a set of poses that work for you nearly every time. You need to keep your imagination active and have fun - to avoid getting tense, try to make a joke to yourself every time something doesn't work. It will help your subject to remain relaxed.
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I had a really good if lengthy tips for portrait posing going to about 40 or more tips. I have posted the link on here several times, but can't find it now and have lost my bookmarks getting my new laptop I'll keep looking for it.

So at this time I'd recommend hiring a professional model who will be able to pose for you without direction so giving you the 'instruction' that you need.
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Chat and relaxation I find are the key as then they're relaxed poses - still trying to work out how you relax a dog!
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Chic - I've now found the guide In was talking about. Unfortunately, it has been taken down from the web, but I have a hard copy, so I could copy it and send it to you if you PM me your postal address (Don't post it here on the open forum!)
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My limited experience with portrait posing is unless the person is an experienced model, they are more nervous than you. Will they look nice, how should they hold their hands, is their expression okay, is their hair right, OMG I have a pimple on my nose.. etc etc etc..


once I figured that out, that my subjects were more scared/nervous than me I realized I was in charge. It helped that I took a PDF with me that had general modeling positions that I showed them on my iPad to get the pose I wanted and let them get some ideas too.

But I also learned another trick. Just show them what you want them to do, by doing it yourself, mirroring them.. The eyeball picks up details that you can't put into words and amateur models/customers don't know posing like a professional model would..

It can be funny - and breaking the tension between you and your model will always be for the better if you want natural smiles and relaxed looking poses..

that being said, I've done a total of eight sittings for portraits now not professionally. Totally free to learn my way around it to see if I like it enough to pursue it.. I learned a few things.. (One thing being that I don't really like doing Portrait sittings..) I'm glad I did it though...
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I would say the main thing is to get your model (or as we call them in our group, victims ) to relax. It's not easy with some who haven't done it before, but show them the back of the camera & see what they think, demonstrate the pose yourself, that usually gets them laughing & don't be afraid to make your wishes known, if you want the hair tidied before the shoot, ask, or if you want a different colour lipstick etc. But if you enjoy it, the model normally will.
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