Taking amazing pictures is no dark art – all it takes is a bit of experimentation. In this article you will learn about the one single thing you need to know about posing in photographs.
Ok, I’ll come right out: I lied. But hey, I got your attention, didn’t I? And anyway: it’s not too bad, because it’s actually three things I need you to know about posing. Here we go:
Whenever you’re out shooting – be it as a model in a campaign shoot or if you’re having your headshot taken for a job application – keep on varying your pose. I find that I get the best results when after each click I change my pose a little. Turn the head a bit, lean forward, move your hand up or down, smile, be serious, be skeptical – really anything. I mean it: anything! Some of the poses will like you never want to change it, and some will feel slightly uncomfortable or silly. And that’s awesome! Because unless you’re a really experienced model, you don’t yet know which angles, poses, charakters work for you – and it’s up to the photographer to figure this out. But how’s he gonna do this if they only ever see one pose? And whom are we kidding: We’re all shooting digital, so you’re not restricted to a 36 shot roll.
Exaggerate (except with the face)
Now here’s a funny thing about cameras: They continually understate all of your movements. This is why, when posing, you need to exaggerate your movements – push your shoulder just an inch further than you normally would or stretch your back just a tiny bit more.
Now here’s another funny thing about cameras: It’s exactly the opposite for faces. You think you’re barely turning your head and the camera thinks you’re doing half an exorcism. So with the head you only ever need to make miniscule movements to make a big difference in a photograph – which is another reason why you need to shoot a variety of poses.
Find the light
Please don’t stop reading now! This is nothing esoteric. I don’t want you to mediate or pray (or bring LSD to your next shoot). It just means this: Know where the main light source is. If you don’t know – ask the photographer. If they don’t know – leave immediately, they obviously don’t know what they are doing.
Now, once you know where the light is coming from, always try to move your body slightly away from the main light and your face slightly towards it. Without going into all the details of the psychology of perception, what this does is make you skinnier. Now, if you’re really, really skinny like me: Please, for heaven’s sake, ignore this advice! In fact, do the opposite! Trust me! ;-)
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