The Photographer’s Guide to Posing: Techniques to Flatter Everyone

August 26, 2019 - Comment

When photographing people, you can have a great composition, perfect light, and the right camera settings, but if your subject doesn’t look right―if the pose is off―the shot will not be a keeper. Posing is truly a crucial skill that photographers need to have in order to create great photographs. If you’re looking to improve

When photographing people, you can have a great composition, perfect light, and the right camera settings, but if your subject doesn’t look right―if the pose is off―the shot will not be a keeper. Posing is truly a crucial skill that photographers need to have in order to create great photographs. If you’re looking to improve your ability to pose your subjects―whether they’re men, women, couples, or groups―best-selling author and photographer Lindsay Adler’s The Photographer’s Guide to Posing: Techniques to Flatter Everyone is the perfect resource for you.

In the first half of The Photographer’s Guide to Posing, Lindsay discusses how the camera sees, and thus how camera angle, lens choice, and perspective all affect the appearance of your subject. Lindsay then covers the five most important things that ruin a pose―such as placement of the hands, and your subject’s expression and posture. If you can look out for and avoid these five things, your skills (and your images) will quickly improve. Next, Lindsay dives into “posing essentials,” outlining her approach to start with a “base pose,” then build on that to create endless posing opportunities. She also discusses posing the face―with specific sections dedicated to the chin, jaw, eyes, and forehead―as well as posing hands.

In the second half of the book, Lindsay dedicates entire chapters to posing specific subject matter: women, men, couples, curvy women, families and small groups, and large groups. In each chapter, Lindsay addresses that subject matter’s specific challenges, provides five “go-to poses” you can always use, and covers how to train the eye to determine the best pose for your subject(s). In the final chapter of the book, Lindsay brings it all together as she teaches you how to analyze a pose so that you can create endless posing opportunities and continuously improve your work

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Anonymous says:

Great Content, Questionable Editing This book was my first introduction to posing, and on the whole I really enjoyed it.Pro: The material is great. Lindsay Adler is an amazing photographer, and she has a real knack for both explaining things clearly and visually illustrating what she’s talking about with do/don’t images, pull-back shots when necessary, and an occasional bit of diagramming on top of an image. The key to this book vs. the kind of static guides to different poses I’ve tried looking at before is that…

Anonymous says:

A Winner Lindsay Adler has been featured on many CreativeLive events and certainly has a clear and concise manner of sharing her expertise. I do own several “posing” books, but this material has hundreds of images where she describes the starting point, potential weak points of an image, and how it may be improved. Not only does the book describe how to pose women (and men) in a variety of settings (portraits, couples, boudoir) it describes how to best photograph different body types. It is not…

Anonymous says:

No-nonsense, practical guide that dramatically improves portrait sessions This book is absolutely vital for understanding the subtle differences in posing. I’ve got a very good understanding of how to use my camera, and a decent idea of how to do lighting, but I was sorely lacking in terms of how to pose people. After reading this book, I now understand a whole lot of new concepts, including:* What do with people’s hands* How wide angle lenses (which I would normally not use for portraits before reading this book) can be great for altering the…

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