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bms259
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Sep 13, 2014 11:41 |  #1

Hi,

I'm in dire need of some help learning to pose.

I love doing documentary style event shooting. It's why I got into photography. But I do portrait work to help pay for the photography bills, and one of the biggest obstacles for me right now is horrible skill and knowledge in proper posing. I aim for more of lifestyle photojournalistic feel for portraits, but I need better basic posing.

I shoot senior, families, and weddings/engagements, primarily.

What are some good resources? I have Creative Live workshops from Doug Gordon and Lindsay Adler that have been helpful. Lindsay Adler's Posing 101 was particularly good for learning some rules....but I still feel like I'm missing something.

Thanks for the help!




  
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Sep 13, 2014 17:40 |  #2

bms259 wrote in post #17151994 (external link)
Hi,

I'm in dire need of some help learning to pose.

I love doing documentary style event shooting. It's why I got into photography. But I do portrait work to help pay for the photography bills, and one of the biggest obstacles for me right now is horrible skill and knowledge in proper posing. I aim for more of lifestyle photojournalistic feel for portraits, but I need better basic posing.

I shoot senior, families, and weddings/engagements, primarily.

What are some good resources? I have Creative Live workshops from Doug Gordon and Lindsay Adler that have been helpful. Lindsay Adler's Posing 101 was particularly good for learning some rules....but I still feel like I'm missing something.

Thanks for the help!

http://digital-photography-school.com …out-posing-for-portraits/ (external link)

http://www.digitalcame​raworld.com …es-and-how-to-avoid-them/ (external link)

http://www.pinterest.c​om …kay/portrait-posing-tips/ (external link)

http://improvephotogra​phy.com …ing-tips-by-dustin-olsen/ (external link)

http://www.thephotoarg​us.com …erfect-portrait-posing-2/ (external link)

There's also a chance that lessons involving actual human tutors and models may be the best way to learn effective portrait techniques.




  
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Sep 14, 2014 06:48 as a reply to  @ DC Fan's post |  #3

I am at the point of moving more into posed people shots. About a year ago when I started seriously considering it, I found a couple of apps that had many, many examples. Unfortunately I don't remember what they were. Might try looking into it.


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Sep 14, 2014 07:08 |  #4

Since you used a descriptive title, the forum has done a mini-search for you. Look at the links at the very bottom left hand corner of this page. Here's some more:
Tips for Portrait Photography (external link)

Common Photography Posing Mistakes and How to Fix Them (external link)


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Sep 20, 2014 07:17 |  #5

Thanks for the input. Examples seem to be the most helpful for me. I know a lot of the rules (not always good at following them, but I know when I've screwed up).




  
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Sep 20, 2014 12:05 |  #6

Did you check out the links PhotosGuy/Frank pointed you to (the Similar Threads section)?


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Sep 20, 2014 13:28 |  #7

Benji has good tips

http://photocamel.com …technique.html#​post111367 (external link)

http://photocamel.com …ing-book.html#post1160313 (external link)

http://www.kel.cc …ji_RulesOfPortr​aiture.pdf (external link)


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Sep 24, 2014 07:15 |  #8

Wilt wrote in post #17167377 (external link)
Benji has good tips

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yes, that's good, googling "portrait posing" shows a lot of good tips and techniques




  
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Sep 24, 2014 07:42 as a reply to  @ watt100's post |  #9

Here's a video from Sue Bryce on how to pose curvy ladies. https://www.youtube.co​m/watch?v=FWvQUhzdtFA (external link)


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Sep 24, 2014 08:09 |  #10

Check out Lindsay Adler she has some good tips on posing.


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Oct 07, 2014 08:02 as a reply to  @ koolcreation's post |  #11

wow. I just discovered a (former?) forum poster who has provided a whole ship load of posing information.

go to his profile: https://photography-on-the.net/forum/member.p​hp?u=45725

and click "View all posts by LightingMan"

really useful stuff.


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Oct 07, 2014 08:33 |  #12

If you like examples, try doing some google image searches for the same terms, you will get endless examples :)




  
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Jan 31, 2015 17:24 |  #13

Left Handed Brisket wrote in post #17198729 (external link)
wow. I just discovered a (former?) forum poster who has provided a whole ship load of posing information.

go to his profile: https://photography-on-the.net/forum/member.p​hp?u=45725

and click "View all posts by LightingMan"

really useful stuff.

Left Handed Brisket wrote in post #17198729 (external link)
wow. I just discovered a (former?) forum poster who has provided a whole ship load of posing information.

go to his profile: https://photography-on-the.net/forum/member.p​hp?u=45725

and click "View all posts by LightingMan"

really useful stuff.

Wow! Thanks for posting this. He has some of the most detailed commentary/critiques I have seen on the net. I may post some of my work for him to rate.




  
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