When I first started dabbling in portrait photography, I quickly realized that the photographer’s connection to the subject can be the difference between a mediocre portrait and a great one. Communication is one of the most important skills you can learn as a portrait photographer. That’s why in this video, I’m going to show you some simple posing tips and techniques that you can use while taking portraits of males who are not models.
There’s a new camera app in town. It’s called SOVS and it’s designed to help you get those perfect Instagram photos whenever you hand your phone to somebody else to get a shot for you. Now, you no longer need to worry if that person clutching your phone knows how to shoot a decent photo. There’s also a SOVS2 app for group photos, too.
I’ve no idea what they’re saying in their promotional videos, but the point is quite obvious and they’re pretty funny. Whether the humour is by design, I don’t know, but I got a good laugh out of this one.
Posing and directing men can be a difficult challenge for a lot of us. I know it is for me. Most of my non-animal subjects are female, and the direction I give them often doesn’t work quite the same way for guys. Some poses, though, can work especially well for guys. In this video, Mango Street shows us 9 unique poses for men, that can also work for women.
When photographing your non-model friends, they can feel a bit awkward and not know what to do. This is why it’s important that you know what to do and how to help them look and feel their best. Photographer Sheldon Evans shares some guidelines for directing your friends so they pose almost like professional models. And who knows, some of them might even turn pro after you take photos of them.
If you photograph professional models, they know their tricks. But photographing yourself or non-model friends can be quite a challenge because not all of us know how to pose. Sorelle Amore has created a fantastic video to help you get through this. She shares a bunch of useful posing tips and tricks to help you take awesome portraits of others or of yourself.
If you’re looking for a little something to boost your ideas for wedding and engagement shoots, photographers Phil Chester and Sara Byrne (AKA PS Photo Stuff) have just the thing. In less than two minutes, they demonstrate some of the most popular poses for photographing couples. You can use them to jumpstart your creative process and of course, end up with some neat shots.
The way women are depicted in ads and fashion magazines has been a hot topic lately. Nudity has been used to sell products for ages, and this trend lives on. It also often causes a lot of attention (just remember the “Hadid sisters” case). Former fashion photographer Jennifer Moss has analyzed fashion magazines over the years. Aside from depicting women as sexual objects, Moss found a few other common poses that seem disturbing. But she argues that the most alarming one is depicting women as corpses.
We often hear that “lighting is everything”, and to a point it is. But when it comes to portraits, so is the posing of your subject. It doesn’t matter how great your light is. If the pose isn’t flattering, your subject’s not going to look great.
In this minute long photography tips video from the guys at SLR Lounge, we see how directing our subject gives a very different look. Nothing has changed with the camera or the lighting. It’s all about the mood and the pose. And it’s just three simple steps that can be done in a few seconds.
Whether you are a model choosing a pose or a photographer posing your model, this is a decision that can shape the look of the image and therefore the success of the campaign. The right pose in the right circumstances can make all the difference, particularly when photographing for fashion or advertising.