Studying and learning various photography poses is the fastest and easiest route to becoming a sought after photographer. Even if you never decide to go “pro”, mastering the basic photography poses will put pizzazz in your photography. If you want to start getting YOUR share of oohs and ahhs, keep reading…
The most common error I see in amateur photography – and in more professional work than you may imagine – is what I call the “Linebacker” pose.
Consider a professional football player. (The American kind, not what we in the U.S. call soccer.) Size is a major component of their job. The bigger and wider they appear to be, the better. When they pose for photographs, they will face the camera straight on – with their shoulders looking as wide as possible. They want their hips and thighs to appear huge as well.
The more of the frame they can fill, the better – intimidation is the object.
Now imagine almost everyone else in the world…few of them are trying to appear intimidating in their portraits.
Take Off The Excess Size…
To help our subjects shed that “linebacker” look, simply have them turn their shoulders about 45 degrees to the camera. This looks natural, and is a far more slimming pose. If they’re visible in the photo, their hips and feet should be turned as well.
Rule of thumb…Shoulders, hips and feet should never be straight on to the camera.
Avoid The “Sumo Wrestler” Look Too!
While linebackers want to appear broad – they don’t necessarily want to appear fat! The only photo subject I can think of that actively WANTS to look fat, is a Sumo wrestler.
We almost ALL think we look too fat, and “the camera adds 10 pounds.” To help our subjects visually loose some weight, consider what makes us look heavy! It’s the shadows!
We define shape by highlights and shadow. If we minimize shadows, people will look slimmer. Have your models wearing dark clothing and the shadows disappear – and so does the weight.
Start using these two photography poses and you’ll see immediate improvement in your photos.