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FAST CLASS: Posing 101

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Posing & Shooting Flaws

Lindsay Adler

FAST CLASS: Posing 101

Lindsay Adler

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7. Posing & Shooting Flaws


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1 Introduction To Posing Duration:04:38
3 Posing Guidelines Duration:16:05
6 Posing For Body Types Duration:05:00
7 Posing & Shooting Flaws Duration:03:59
8 Male Posing Guides Duration:03:41
9 Couples Duration:05:10
12 Shoot: Mature Male Poses Duration:01:47
13 Shoot: Mature Female Poses Duration:02:02
14 Shoot: Boudoir Poses Duration:03:45
15 Shoot: Plus Size Poses Duration:01:57
17 Shoot: Mature Couple Poses Duration:02:17
19 Shoot: Bridal Couple Poses Duration:02:06
20 Shoot: Group Poses Duration:02:38
21 Shoot: Bridal Party Poses Duration:03:00
22 Shoot: Family Poses Duration:03:49
24 Shoot: Single Child Poses Duration:03:56
25 Shoot: Maternity Poses Duration:04:55
26 Shoot: Maternity Couple Poses Duration:02:15
27 Shoot: Same-Sex Couple Poses Duration:02:00
28 Shoot: Fashion Female Poses Duration:03:12
29 Shoot: Beauty Poses Duration:02:19

Lesson Info

Posing & Shooting Flaws

photographing and shooting flaws. I don't say, like, What don't you like about yourself? I would usually say Okay, I usually say like, you know So what's your favorite feature? I love your eyes to see what they say typically like if they have a problem error they don't like, they'll be like It's not my nose. Oh, I know. Ah, bald head or a large forehead? Okay, so here are my tips for reducing these laws. Use imposing and camera angle. So the 1st 1 if you are photographing, let's say, a woman with a large forehead. OK, if she is sitting and leaning towards camera and looking up at you, the closest thing to the camera is her large forehead. So typically you want to shoot eye level or below with those individuals, and the same thing is obviously going to be true with a bald head. Um, also, you want to shoot a slightly longer lens because if you have even, like even just a little bit wider, it still will distort on the edges. And so if somebody's forehead is near the top of the frame, it w...

ill make it look a little longer. So in this case even like even in 85. At that point, it might just look a little wider atop so for someone with a really large forehead, if I want to be able to shoot at a little higher angle maybe for the posing reason. Asymmetrical face. Okay, One of the things our eyes and our brains are trained to dio is look for symmetry. We're looking for that. We like order, and we're always looking for that. Um, we're trying to line things up, So when somebody has a very asymmetrical face, your job and posing is to not line it up. Because what happens is if this I is lower and you are straight on to camera this lower I you're comparing those eyes the whole time. You're looking at that shot. But if I turn away until my head now, you don't see it anymore. So when anybody has an asymmetrical feature or a smaller feature, find a way to make sure that their head is not straight onto that camera. Next one droopy eyes. Um, I get this a lot when I photograph women where we do a glam session, and by the end, they had on fake eyelashes and their eyes were drooping. And if you've ever had that experience, but it definitely happens. So my tip for you is to shoot from a slightly higher angle. So they have to look up at you because if you if I'm shooting on the model guy and you're the photographer, if you're there, I can kind of peer down at you. But if you're up there, I have to look up at you. If you're at a higher angle in order to actually see you so it forces my eyelids open. Um, the large nose. Okay, first and foremost is used a longer lens. OK, so one of the key things that we said before is that a wider lens emphasizes distance. So a wider lens would emphasize the distance from your face to the tip of your nose, making it look longer, and it definitely definitely does. It makes a huge difference. So instead, I wouldn't shoot more in the 70 range from talking full frame camera again when shoe in the 70 or 85 I would be more towards the 101 2150 like I go longer. In that case, The other thing that you want to watch out for is well, is shooting too high or too low of an angle? The other one is basically photographing the person I don't want to see completely straight on, but more straight on than you might normally. All right, Double chin. Okay, so for a double chin, the number one thing is never sit back or lean back. Like if you're having a guy pose up against the wall and guys tend to pose perhaps a little more like this, they will have a double chin. You always need to lean them, whatever it may be. No leaning back. Always leaving Ford.

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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