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Rik Mersai
Posts: 4
San Luis Obispo, California, US


Hello, I'm Rik, and I am struggling to find a way to pose and have good expression when I am in front of a camera. I practice in front of the mirror and the pictures turn out differently than I want. Plus with poses, I'm not sure what is attractive for a guy and what is not, any help would be great, I am new to the modeling industry.
Feb 23 13 09:43 pm  Link  Quote 
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Nor-Cal Photography
Posts: 2,464
Walnut Creek, California, US


Your arms are straight down in all but one of your images. Not good. Take a look at my portfolio (and others too) where there are 3 images of men. Warning: one is a nude. This (and other portfolios) may give you some ideas.

But just one worthless opinion.   smile
Feb 24 13 09:31 am  Link  Quote 
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SitronStudio
Posts: 1,056
Venice, Florida, US


Stop posing! I always tell models they aren't allowed to do any of the poses they've been practicing in the mirror. You need to look confident and relaxed. I try to get models to keep moving, or do something to catch them off guard. Girls doing high fashion can get away with posing, the set lends itself to it. Guys usually look silly.
Feb 25 13 04:42 am  Link  Quote 
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Darren Brade
Posts: 2,726
London, England, United Kingdom


Practise! I Practise! Practise!

Using a mirror is only one part of learning to pose. The more time you spend in front of the camera the better you should become.

Also, and just play around and don't be scared to look foolish on camera, you'll be surprised how better the results are.

Good luck

Darren
www.facebook.com/darrenbradephotography
Feb 25 13 08:05 am  Link  Quote 
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MickCetera
Posts: 276
Chicago, Illinois, US


okay... well you are 6'1 so automatically you have agency standard height and proportions... (though like me you need to be in the gym more.) You need to work on expressions and poses. Depending on what you like (print, fashion, artistic) you should pick professional models that are your favorite and copy what they do. And I agree with above ^ pratise makes perfecto. Shoot as many times as you can.

Poses are not bad. I think what that guy was saying above is that you don't want to over do it which is completely true, but you should practice poses and don't be afraid to try ridiculous things because that's how you will learn your best looks. Try everything. And schedule as many TF shoots as possible -- stalk good photographers in your area until they shoot you. And take down all the pictures besides the one under the boardwalk asap... also button the bottom buttons on your shirt jesus lol
Mar 05 13 09:13 pm  Link  Quote 
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Grayscale Photo
Posts: 95
Columbus, Ohio, US


You'll be more engaged with the camera and more expressive if you begin to think of yourself as an actor in the process.  Don't be a passive lump waiting for the shutter to open.  If you want a good smile, put your mind in a good smiling situation.  If you want gritty, be gritty.  Be an actor in a sequence of the world's shortest movies, often lasting 1/60th of a second or less.
Mar 05 13 09:26 pm  Link  Quote 
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Leighthenubian
Posts: 2,611
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Rik Mersai wrote:
Hello, I'm Rik, and I am struggling to find a way to pose and have good expression when I am in front of a camera. I practice in front of the mirror and the pictures turn out differently than I want. Plus with poses, I'm not sure what is attractive for a guy and what is not, any help would be great, I am new to the modeling industry.

Google male models...I'm sure there is no shortage of images you can pull from.

You should also know that there is a huge posing difference between straight & gay guys...as much difference in what photographers like to see/shoot.

From my observation, a large % of the photographers here seem to have a preference for women...consult a source that isn't that polarized.

Here is a good link: http://mysteriousmitch.tumblr.com/

Mar 06 13 07:37 am  Link  Quote 
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Ronald N. Tan
Posts: 2,627
Los Angeles, California, US


I have a better idea Rik, you should make a trip to Sacramento/SF area and model for me. :-)

You have a great look and I am hoping you would check yourself into an open call of nearby agencies (if there is any). If you're serious about modeling, you need to either move to SF (the city) or LA (lots of agencies with men are centered in the West Hollwood and Bev. Hills area).

You want to learn how to model?

1) Look up the names of the top 100 male models on models.com. Research on your favorites, inspiring you. Look up their photographs on Google AND in the magazine stand. Buy the mag so you should study at home and take it with you on your photoshoots like a Cliffnotes version.

2) Look for the male models you like on YouTube and study how they walk on the runway. Play attention to expression (mainly muted and solemn), hand gesture, and how they walk. Each male models walk differently on the runway.

Rik Mersai wrote:
Hello, I'm Rik, and I am struggling to find a way to pose and have good expression when I am in front of a camera. I practice in front of the mirror and the pictures turn out differently than I want. Plus with poses, I'm not sure what is attractive for a guy and what is not, any help would be great, I am new to the modeling industry.

Mar 07 13 09:10 am  Link  Quote 
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Ronald N. Tan
Posts: 2,627
Los Angeles, California, US


I need to correct you on something. There is no difference between how gay male models and straight male models pose! A male model (either gay or straight) posing is posing.

I do think that you are referring to a "gay" pose, now using as an adjective. These "gay" poses are mainly seen and associated with cheap photography and inexperienced photographers.

Leighthenubian wrote:

Google male models...I'm sure there is no shortage of images you can pull from.

You should also know that there is a huge posing difference between straight & gay guys...as much difference in what photographers like to see/shoot.

From my observation, a large % of the photographers here seem to have a preference for women...consult a source that isn't that polarized.

Here is a good link: http://mysteriousmitch.tumblr.com/

Mar 07 13 09:14 am  Link  Quote 
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Ronald N. Tan
Posts: 2,627
Los Angeles, California, US


I disagree with you. I pose and direct all my male models. They do not look silly.

SitronStudio wrote:
Stop posing! I always tell models they aren't allowed to do any of the poses they've been practicing in the mirror. You need to look confident and relaxed. I try to get models to keep moving, or do something to catch them off guard. Girls doing high fashion can get away with posing, the set lends itself to it. Guys usually look silly.

Mar 07 13 09:17 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Wilde One
Posts: 2,319
Santa Monica, California, US


Rik Mersai wrote:
Hello, I'm Rik, and I am struggling to find a way to pose and have good expression when I am in front of a camera. I practice in front of the mirror and the pictures turn out differently than I want. Plus with poses, I'm not sure what is attractive for a guy and what is not, any help would be great, I am new to the modeling industry.

Hi Rik,


To be moving well (or giving the impression of moving) is partly talent, and partly experience. You can't instruct yourself to do it right, but only improve over time.

Your best bet is to work with a good photographer.

Hint: if it looks like a pose, it's no good. It has to look as if someone's in the process of doing something. The image ideally gives an idea of what happened before, and the apprehension of what will happen next.

But don't  use this to teach yourself.

Modeling is, like acting, a very physical thing. You can use your head for imagination, but not for instruction.

Key thing: you like doing it. Ignore anything that impedes this. There is no right or wrong - you have to go with your body type, type of movement, and personality.

Mar 07 13 01:39 pm  Link  Quote 
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Leighthenubian
Posts: 2,611
Toronto, Ontario, Canada


Ronald Nyein Zaw Tan wrote:
I need to correct you on something. There is no difference between how gay male models and straight male models pose! A male model (either gay or straight) posing is posing.

I do think that you are referring to a "gay" pose, now using as an adjective. These "gay" poses are mainly seen and associated with cheap photography and inexperienced photographers.


You don't need to correct me on anything.

I've worked with both gay and straight male models and I know from experience that there is a big difference. Frankly I prefer the gay ones. Makes no difference to me what their personal lives are about I care what they give me in front of the camera.

Thanks for playing.

Mar 07 13 02:40 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Stanley L Moore
Posts: 1,412
Houston, Texas, US


I defy anyone to tell me which models in my port are gay. That being said many gay men like to show off in front of the camera which can make for good posing.

Rik my advice.... do as many TFs with good photographers as you can. Experience is the best teacher.

Amazon sells posing guides for models. Get one or two if you must.

Look at the ports of good photographers who shoot males. Look at models ports. Look at Lists.... I have a couple lists featuring poses I like.

More.  Gym time not for bulk but for tone and definition... . But at your height 15and to 20you pounds of muscle mass would help. Dont get too big to fit the clothes you want to model.

Good luck Rik.
Mar 07 13 05:27 pm  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Mark
Posts: 2,806
New York, New York, US


yeah practicing in front of a mirror is kinda dumb since you wont know how the photographer will light you or the camera angle.  You should keep a folder of ads and editorials from magazines of male models to use as reference and bring with you to a shoot as well as repeat them at home.  The best poses are derived from being in character- via acting the part.  Having the attitude of a movie character and just play in front of the camera and hopefully get direction from the photographer.
Mar 13 13 01:17 am  Link  Quote 
Photographer
Oscar Partida
Posts: 726
San Diego, California, US


Don't pose ...do it more as if you are acting different scenes..check malemodelscene.com or the fashionisto  for tips..and send your Polaroids to agencies in LA .you probably will gett a lot of interest and maybe signed ... they will set u up shoots to practice and develop skill.
Mar 13 13 02:05 am  Link  Quote 
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