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FAST CLASS: Posing 101

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Shoot: Beauty Poses

Lindsay Adler

FAST CLASS: Posing 101

Lindsay Adler

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29. Shoot: Beauty Poses


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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

Shoot: Beauty Poses

beauty photography. It's funny, like I am really, really drawn to it just because I mean, how can you not have a gorgeous model with beautiful hair makeup on in front of you? Like I want those nice tight shots, but I don't want it just to be a picture of their face. How do you do something more than a picture of somebody's face? So here, on my general Five guidelines for beauty photography, tip number one elongate the neck and I, I say, long get the neck with shoulder control. So what I'm saying is, when I'm posing for beauty photography, it's never relaxed. Maybe it's a fashion shoot. I'm trying to make him look like sultry or something, but for beauty, it's always long and neck as possible, which is leaning and pulling shoulders down and kind of clavicles out. It's everything's elongating. The way that I turned their head is elongating. Even if I have them raise their shoulder, I don't hunch, ID pulled back that back shoulder, cause now I still have a long neck because you can see th...

e clavicle are the attendance here. So, um, so you're emphasizing tendons and clavicles, so whatever you can dio if the model is straight forward to make sure that these air popping out and if they're professional models that have experience that kind already know how to pull its more, less like pulling down and possibly pop out. Um, soft, elegant hands. So everything we talked about in the beginning hands often fluid motions. Pinky side towards camera never pressed upon the face. Never the never this side of the head I've seen where there's some instances where maybe it's you see the back of the hand. Never the Palm like ever. I never stepped in beauty photography Done well. Um, head is usually neutral. We're tilted towards camera, but it's not like it's not back. We're not way forward. It's usually neutral. We're like tipped to a long gait. This would be elongating beauty style to see how long my neck kids versus. This would be more aggressive if I'm trying to, like, stare you down communicates different things. This is long and I'm snotty. This is I'm pissed atyou

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Full-length class:  Posing 101 with Lindsay Adler

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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