Worcester, England, United Kingdom
I'm a photographer, but as i'm sure with many dont have the first clue on posing, I am working with people that have done no modeling but want images done. I find it really hard to get good poses. How do i learn how to get good positions that dont look too posed or really awkward?
As provided, you look at lots and LOTS of other images.
Have an inventory of interesting poses you want before you start.
I often ask for a pose on the fly during a shoot that looks amazing in my head, but is either terrible when attempted in real life or is physically impossible. It obviously helps to have a model who knows how to control her body.
And if you're putting a model into a pose she's either not comfortable with or is very difficult for her, keeping it from looking that way is a challenge. I've abandoned hundreds of ideas because the pose looked "posed".
I find that's a large part of being a model, you have to know your own body and understand how to hold yourself so that you appear a certain way on camera. I think as a general rule, to the person behind the camera, you can help by making sure the model isn't bulging anywhere that would appeal awkward on camera. Ask the model to lift their chins or arch their back to appear more aesthetically pleasing.
I've also found, 99% of the time the more uncomfortable a pose is, the better it looks! haha
It helps to start with experienced models before you take on ones starting out. You can give them general concepts and let them come up with specific poses. As you then review and edit you see which ones you like. Either have them available during a session to show a model or act them out yourself. I know that the more I shoot the more comfortable I get in directing a model.
Yes. Working with a model who knows what they're doing is an excellent start. But that does coast money.
There are also some tricks. One photographer encouraged me to always work in a circle, and on different planes (i.e. standing, crouching, laying down). It helped to create a variety of poses and shots. We were also shooting primarily to help my portfolio.
I have also been on several gigs where a photographer will whip out a page of pre-printed poses for me to experiment with. It never hurts. Often times, we will start with one and then let it evolve from there. (Every model will take the exact same pose slightly differently, due to body, shape, build, style, etc.)
I think the best advice is to keep looking at what you love. Over time, it will seep into your mind and become something that you recognize and resonate with. So, as you're looking at a pose, you can tell the model how to adjust it to what you find ideal. You will also be able to take a certain woman with a certain body and be able to see what will work best for her, make suggestions, tweak a pose, etc.
I'm usually the designated person to pose any male models that are working with my photographer and I. I usually try telling them to see where the camera is and pose accordingly, but have fun with it. Just try not to think of what might come out bad and go for some of the odd poses because they usually come out amazing.
Also I try preaching to not lose your neck, or put your chin ahead of the rest of your face. Haha
I think it's a good idea to take people's advice here, but i do want to suggest maybe not busting out with the photos of poses until you see if the model has her own direction. even when new, some possess this. i can't tell you how bad it feels to have my own creative energy smothered by such strict and rigid direction sometimes, especially when it's just to copycat a bunch of poses the photographer thought were interesting. [it's different if the type of pose is for a certain theme, like if they are hiring me to get a specific shot and they want me to pose exactly this one particular way.]
Just tell models to study poses before meet them OR you can give papers/pictures that have different poses to them.
Honestly, I didn't know what to do during my first photoshoot. I was very nervous and lost. My first photographer was really nice and he gave me ideas to pose. Later, I know more poses by studying few of them. My poses were still awkward and I didn't know why until one photographer told me to have all of my muscles to relax. From there, I got better at posing. I am still new at it though.
All the "models" I have photographed in my small town don't have a clue about modelling or how to pose.
I have learned to ask the "model" to do simple things, such as pick up a book, flick the hair or simply turn their head to look at something on the wall. While they are moving their body, I look for and often see a pose that works and ask the "model" to "hold that pose", I make a few adjustments to that pose and I work with it from all angles.
I also would research a few poses based on a set of candid images I have of the "model" to be photographed and work with those inspirations during the direction I give in a shoot.
Hope that helps.