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FAST CLASS: Posing 101

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Shoot: Group Poses

Lindsay Adler

FAST CLASS: Posing 101

Lindsay Adler

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Lesson Info

20. Shoot: Group Poses

Lesson Info

Shoot: Group Poses

I have my five tips for group posing and to look modern to not look dated. The key to group posing is to have visual balance but not be perfectly symmetrical. That's a really important one. So Number one was balance, but asymmetry. Not perfectly symmetrical Case and number two is a void, arms and body parts overlapping in ways they shouldn't. A lot of people put like you have a group shot and everybody puts their arms out around each other and everybody puts their arms over each other's shoulders, and it just it messes up clothing. It raises shoulders, have the little fingers popping out from the side. So avoid that. So think about how they're interacting with the group's number three is thinking about triangles. What I do, and this is my solution for poison up for opposing groups as I pose one person, then a second and then 1/3. As I build them, they're making triangles with their heads. What you want to make sure you don't do is you don't line up everybody's heads because just like y...

ou don't want to pose like a stick and you don't want a pose with their hands on your hips because it is so rigid. If you have heads at different heights, then there's visual interest throughout the post. This is an obvious one, but either the tallest people in the back or sitting Um, that's an obvious one. But making sure that you know the whole saying people are is like, If you can't see me, I can't see you. Yeah, that's true. But even if they can see you, it doesn't mean that you can actually see them. So I just try to take care of it right away. Taller people sitting or in the back? Just watch out for that. And then Number five four groups. The way that people are physically interacting represents how that group is related. So you would pose three sisters very differently than you would pose three colleagues. You could still pose them using triangles, but the way that they interact and physically touch one another or don't determines. Okay, what is the relationship? And so you communicate a lot about how people are putting their hands on each other's shoulders or the way their heads air tilted. Ah, family would have a lot of physical interaction much closer heads tilted, whereas maybe a group of colleagues a proposed for triangles. But each person would have their own personality because that's the idea. They're individuals where his family, you're trying to show union more.

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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.