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Paulfolio
Posts: 241
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?
Dec 02 12 08:44 am  Link  Quote 
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B R U N E S C I
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Bath, England, United Kingdom


Dec 02 12 08:47 am  Link  Quote 
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Thomas Van Dyke
Posts: 1,498
Washington, District of Columbia, US


-B-R-U-N-E-S-C-I- wrote:
"poses" site:www.modelmayhem.com/list/




Just my $0.02

Ciao
Stefano
www.stefanobrunesci.com

Priceless wisdom...

Dec 02 12 09:03 am  Link  Quote 
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_eMMe_
Posts: 842
Florence, Toscana, Italy


-B-R-U-N-E-S-C-I- wrote:
"poses" site:www.modelmayhem.com/list/




Just my $0.02

Ciao
Stefano
www.stefanobrunesci.com

Quote, quote, quote!

Dec 02 12 09:10 am  Link  Quote 
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Good Egg Productions
Posts: 15,301
Orlando, Florida, US


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".
Dec 02 12 09:11 am  Link  Quote 
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Paulfolio
Posts: 241
Worcester, England, United Kingdom


-B-R-U-N-E-S-C-I- wrote:
"poses" site:www.modelmayhem.com/list/




Just my $0.02

Ciao
Stefano
www.stefanobrunesci.com

so so helpful thanks so much

Dec 02 12 09:18 am  Link  Quote 
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291
Posts: 11,911
SEQUOIA NATIONAL PARK, California, US


WP Retouch wrote:
How do i learn how to get good positions that dont look too posed or really awkward?

remove the word pose from the equation and replace it with projecting emotion.

Dec 02 12 10:42 am  Link  Quote 
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Ashley Riot
Posts: 120
Chicago, Illinois, US


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
Dec 02 12 10:49 am  Link  Quote 
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Mark Harris Photography
Posts: 495
Edison, New Jersey, US


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.
Dec 02 12 05:48 pm  Link  Quote 
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Roxy Vandiver
Posts: 2,842
Houston, Texas, US


WP Retouch wrote:
How do i learn how to get good positions that dont look too posed or really awkward?

Work with models who know what the hell they're doing.

Dec 03 12 08:30 pm  Link  Quote 
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Stanley L Moore
Posts: 1,598
Houston, Texas, US


I got a book on Amazon with examples of poses for artists and photographers.

I also look at a lot of images. When I see a pose I like I put it in my list of poses. When I am settign up a shoot I go over the list and pick out ones I want to do.

I photograph males and most of them are not good posers so I show them my MM list and get them to imitate it. Then I do variations from there.
Dec 03 12 09:36 pm  Link  Quote 
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DOUGLASFOTOS
Posts: 8,223
Los Angeles, California, US


The Vision.

IT is relaying information from you..to the llama..back to your camera.

But if you don't understand your own camera, and what those lenses do and don't do.

It begins with you and ends with you....The Photographer.
Dec 03 12 09:48 pm  Link  Quote 
Model
NYMPH
Posts: 618
Oakland, California, US


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.
Dec 03 12 09:50 pm  Link  Quote 
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Christian Webber
Posts: 56
Frackville, Pennsylvania, US


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
Dec 04 12 08:24 am  Link  Quote 
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Wynd Mulysa
Posts: 8,597
Berkeley, California, US


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.]
Dec 04 12 10:30 am  Link  Quote 
Model
Dixeia
Posts: 58
Rochester, New York, US


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.
Dec 04 12 07:28 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Glenn Hall - Fine Art
Posts: 431
Townsville, Queensland, Australia


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.
Dec 05 12 01:57 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Critical Eye Studios
Posts: 130
Washington, District of Columbia, US


291 wrote:

remove the word pose from the equation and replace it with projecting emotion.

+1

Dec 05 12 02:05 am  Link  Quote 
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