Wednesday, July 13, 2011

DSC_6091 by mylla7777
DSC_6091, a photo by mylla7777 on Flickr.
Posing: one of the hardest things to do!
Posing people as a photographer: try, try again.

Some people are naturals in front of the camera. Others need help. So how do you make a good pose?

Remember, it's very important to make your victi--subject comfortable while you're "shooting" them. Talk to them, make jokes, talk about the weather, anything... Giving instructions should be paced or else they will feel overwhelmed.

I will give some tips on posing from my experience starting with the head all the way down to the feet.

Head: Tilted or straight-on? Consider the angles of your subject's face. Move around to find their best angle. Don't be afraid to ask their opinion. Here are basic things to look for:
- Deep-set eyes: tilt face upward or use reflected light to allow light shine into sockets.
- Wide-set eyes: turn face to side to narrow
- Small forehead: take picture from slightly above subject, having them look up to emphasize forehead and eyes.
- Prominent nose: profiles are not friendly here! Try to minimize as much as possible by taking the picture with face fully toward you. Petite noses make very lovely profiles, however.
- Prominent chin: same as small forehead
- Prominent cheekbones: turn face slightly to one side to minimize face wide-ness and emphasize amazing cheekbones!
- Smile or no smile: Some people have a hard time smiling in front of the camera - a natural smile is always best! Teeth or no teeth, as long as it's natural and open.
- Hair: this may not be often the case, but if your subject is lacking in the hair department, pleaaase don't take shots from above subject--get as little of the top of their head as possible. In other cases, make sure that your subject's hair looks nice. They're not in front of a mirror, so they don't know. If a strand is in front of the face, sticking up funny, or casting a strange shadow on their face, adjust it.


  1. Thank you so much for the tips! It's always handy to have someone more experienced than one's self give some guidance.

  2. You are welcome! :D It helps me too placing them on paper, as it were. I'm working on the rest!