Check out these 7 tips for posing male subjects

Apr 22, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

Apr 22, 2021

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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There are undoubtedly differences in posing when photographing male subjects vs female subjects. Both can be tricky, but guys tend to be particularly difficult to photograph for many photographers. Most male subjects don’t have that innate grace that tells them how to hold themselves to look good for the camera.

In this video, COOPH brings us seven tips and techniques for photographing male subjects and how we can deal with some of the awkwardness that often arises when photographing men.

  1. Boys need toys – Consider suitable props
  2. My friend, the wall – Walls can seem a bit cliche sometimes, but consider texture, colour and interesting lighting
  3. Time for a walk – Walking towards the camera often adds interesting movement to a shot
  4. Let’s pray – Keep their hands busy
  5. Oh, my head – Get them to hold their heads
  6. Uneven feet – Unintuitively, it creates better balance
  7. Backwards chairs – Definitely a cliche, but it works!

Not all of these suggestions will be appropriate for all sessions you’ll do with male subjects, and you’ll want to tailor them to the individual subject and the overall theme of the shoot to that individual’s personality. But hopefully, these tips should get you thinking about how you can take your male subject photographs and portraits up a notch or two.

Do you struggle to pose male subjects?

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John Aldred

John Aldred

John Aldred is a photographer with over 20 years of experience in the portrait and commercial worlds. He is based in Scotland and has been an early adopter – and occasional beta tester – of almost every digital imaging technology in that time. As well as his creative visual work, John uses 3D printing, electronics and programming to create his own photography and filmmaking tools and consults for a number of brands across the industry.

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