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FAST CLASS: Posing 101

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Shoot: Male High School Senior Poses

Lindsay Adler

FAST CLASS: Posing 101

Lindsay Adler

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11. Shoot: Male High School Senior 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: Male High School Senior Poses

high school senior male guidelines. All right, so here would be my tips if you've never photographed a high school senior guy before, um, the guidelines to getting a great shot. So my tip number one would to be remember that the shoulders controlled their broadness. So when the guy walks in the studio high school, senior guys, I wanna look tough and they want to look big. Usually the next thing girls, their main goal in their photos is to look pretty guys for high school senior photos. Their main goal is to look cool, and they don't. If they're doing opposed, they don't perceive is cool. You will see it in their face and every part of their body, their hands, they're barely, like, not roll their eyes. Photo eso You want them to feel cool, Which is why I try to have them participate me personally in the posing process. Which is why I say could take a seat. You know, pretend like you were watching a TV show and then I tweak it. We're going up on the wall. I said I would be like, Go give ...

me your geek look. And they might think that I'm nerdy, and that's fine, because then I could get funnier expressions, but I let them participate. I let them be comfortable in the night. Week, um, switched brings me to number three for high school senior guys to get that cool factor and also to have them be comfortable. If you can indeed get a prop, do it get a proper because I have something to hold onto. The part that's most stressful is like, What do I do with my hands? If they play lacrosse, they can hold a lacrosse stick. Whatever it may be, if it's basketball, they can sit with it. So find something to interact with, which is what brings you to number four, which is occupied their hands and arms. That's like, that's That's a big one because they don't quite know, you know, they basically the go to pose for guys because they're unsure is just crossed arms, which, honestly, I always get across arm shot, especially since for the smaller guys makes it bulks him up a little bit. If a guy is really small, I do the cross arm shot like almost instantly because everything looks bigger. Have them lean towards the camera and number five is much more commonly would be sitting or laying or leaning versus a lot of times with mature meant. I will do sitting, but it's not as much is not as dramatic. UH, high school senior guys were dramatic.

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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