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Photography Posing: The Secret on How to Pose People (Posing Basics)

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As a photographer, one of the most important skills to master is posing. Posing is not just about making your subject look good in the photo, but also about conveying a certain emotion or message through their body language. In this blog post, I will be sharing some tips and techniques on how to pose people in a way that is both comfortable and flattering. 


First and foremost, it is important to make your subject feel comfortable. I understand the importance of building trust and making the subject feel at ease. One of the best ways to do this is to allow your subject to move around and find a comfortable position. For couples, I suggest starting by having them hold hands and walk around. For individuals, I suggest having them slowly walk toward the camera and look left, right, up, and down.

When posing your subject, I like to start from the bottom up. I have the subject tilt one way and pretend as if I am a mirror. The subject should point both feet in the same direction and lean on their back foot as if they are bored. I also suggest looking for the subject's natural cues and letting them keep their natural body position if it looks good.

One important technique I like to use is creating an "S curve" by positioning the subject's hips and shoulders in different spots. This creates a flattering and natural-looking pose. Another technique I use is called "holding an acorn" where the subject's hands are positioned in a way that creates a nice curve in the photo.

Finally, I also suggest paying attention to elbow positioning. This is crucial in creating separation in a photo. I suggest positioning the subject's elbows all the way in to achieve a flattering shot.

In conclusion, as a photographer, I understand the importance of posing and body language in creating a flattering and natural-looking photo. By following these tips and techniques, you too can master the art of posing and taking stunning photographs. Remember to make your subject feel comfortable, start from the bottom up, look for natural cues, and pay attention to elbow positioning. With practice, you will be able to create beautiful and flattering photos.


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