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Male Posing Guides

Lindsay Adler

FAST CLASS: Posing 101

Lindsay Adler

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Lesson Info

8. Male Posing Guides

Lesson Info

Male Posing Guides

so photographing men Essentials number one. Remember when photographing men that their shoulders defined broadness if you want them to look broader, facing more straight on towards the camera, If you want them to look narrower or skinnier, turn them to the side shoulders or how you control how their body looks okay. The next one is to avoid head tilt toward the camera. There's two major male posing guidelines. Number three major male posing guideline is give their hands something to do. Direct their hands whether it's in a pocket, whether it's posing on their face, whether it's fixing a jacket, whatever it is, make sure that you've actually directed their hands, anything that you can think of so they are not fiddling, nervous or don't know what to do. Okay, Number four chin out and Down is good for men because it defines their jawline. They want a nice, crisp jawline, so whatever you're opposed they're doing out and down is going to be stronger. And then finally keep guys comfortable b...

ut watch their slouch. I find that guys tend to slouch more than girls imposing. They're a little less aware of it, so they don't have to be standing up street, but if they slouch, you don't want them to have kind of curve in their spine. So notice the example, but really like he's not doing like it's you clearly know it's not right, but you will see a lot of times in Portrait's, where they don't quite know into the head and tilts a little bit towards camera. So just neutral or away, see how way is still okay as well. A little bit of weight comes off a standoffish. You don't see the jawline as much when it's away, but it's still works. So depends What you're trying to communicate has kind of more of a confidence to it. Hands and face, right for photographing men. Let's take a look at their arms. First of all, all right, so what you don't want to dio is not told him what to do. Um, generally there's there's two things guys would do by default, and they're totally fine and completely acceptable. They'll put their hand in their pocket or the cross their arms. Both of them are fine. What you want to dio it's one of these. Okay, all of these would be acceptable. We mentioned this before the wedding caution. I tell people when I used to use to photograph weddings, the first thing I would say two guys is no matter when I'm photographing you, don't do this. Don't be standing there with your hands come together in the front. Some tips for sitting guys like to sit and lean a lot of times. That's part of the cool factor, because if you have a guy's standing, there are definitely some poses. You can dio, um, you know, arms crossed hand in pocket again, the uneven weight on the feet. But we talked about before. You don't want a guy usually standing flatfooted if you could just even dio. It's not where, Girl, it's like a tilt outward tilt in guys. It's just a little bit of weight off, kind of like he's stepping towards you. All right, so this general tips and some of this is what we talked about already. Sit forward and negative space, meaning if they're sitting in a chair, don't just have them with their hands rested on their lap. Find ways to make shapes. Um, depending on the guy. My next tip is avoid weight on their arms. And then the last one is if you're posing them in a chair, we're sitting. Don't have their body towards the camera.

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  • Use camera angle, lens choice, and cropping to improve your poses
  • Hide unflattering problem areas
  • Address different body types through posing and wardrobe
  • Go for simple poses rather than extravagant ones
  • Pose couples, individuals, and groups to ensure everyone looks good
  • Understand the differences between posing women and men


Posing is one of the fundamentals of great photography. It’s also the thing that photographers have the least control over. We can choose our lenses, set up, lighting, and retouch with Adobe® Photoshop®. But when it comes to photography poses, we need to pay attention and work closely with our subjects to find the perfect pose and the best way to capture the most flattering image.

Fashion and portrait photographer Lindsay Adler will break down the fundamentals of perfect posing, giving you the basic rules you should follow to make your subjects and your photos look their best. Through live photo shoots and slides, Lindsay demonstrates the do’s and don’ts for every category of subject, including men, women, older people, couples, brides and grooms, groups, and more.

In this class, you’ll learn how to:

  • Connect with your subjects through sincere compliments, repeating their name and discovering their passions.
  • Avoid using negative terms that will make subjects feel ill at ease.
  • Master the rules of posing, then know when to break them.
  • Be confident when posing couples at a wedding whether it's a bride and groom, mature couple or same-sex couple.

This course is perfect for novice photographers just getting their feet wet in the world of portrait photography, but it also offers useful advice and techniques for even the most skilled professionals. By the end, you’ll be able to discover the beauty in every one of your subjects and bring it out for the world to see.


  • All levels of photographers who want to set themselves apart and up their posing game.
  • Professional photographers who want to learn new ways of posing women, men, children, couples, and groups so they can impress current clients and attract new ones.
  • Hobbyist photographers who want to learn to pose their family and friends.


Samantha Riegels

This is a great course for a quick reminder of things to keep in mind when headed out for a particular shoot. It's bullet points. General principals. If you are new to posing, you'll want a more in-depth course where she has live models and is positioning them rather than just talking about posing techniques. But for a Fast Class, I think this is perfect. Wonderful job, as always Lindsay!

a Creativelive Student

Fantastic quick but comprehensive summary of the key points for many different types of shoot. As always Lindsay Adlers delivers excellense. Brilliant

Creative Team

Lindsay's classes are always informative and interesting.