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FAST CLASS: Posing 101

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Shoot: Uneven Height Couple Poses

Lindsay Adler

FAST CLASS: Posing 101

Lindsay Adler

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18. Shoot: Uneven Height Couple 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: Uneven Height Couple Poses

we're going to talk about photographing uneven subjects. The most important thing about photographing uneven subjects is remembering our rule. Whatever is closest to the cameras biggest I was furthest from the camera. Smallest tip number one. You don't need to eliminate the height difference. So don't you don't need to try to. You're trying to even it out a little bit like you don't need to have them lined up and look the exact same height. So don't stress about that. Tip Number two is you really want to maintain good posture and not strain. So actually have a good example of this. Ah, lot of people when the height isn't even the girls on her tip toes, right. And she's reaching up to try to put her arm drone, which isn't necessary. Or he wants to get ah, lot shorter. And so he hunches over and has bad posture. It's none of that. None of that is necessary, so maintain good posture the whole time. So you have a couple and I have three main ways of evening out. Height differences, three m...

ain ways. Way it number one is sitting so you can sit your subjects when you sit your subjects. People can sit on a foot. They can. One can stand behind the other. You can equalize that way cause the height difference isn't going to be know as noticeable because not all about standing. So sitting is your number. One way you can do this, the next would be the step in lean. We're going to see that I'm going to illustrate it for you. And then the last one would be walking. So whatever is closest to the camera looks biggest. So what you can do in this case is have the shorter person in the foreground leading holding the hand. Yeah, holding the hand of the taller person behind them, they to the camera will look larger, and the taller person in the background will look shorter. So we have a couple slides to illustrate just that. You can see side number one would be I don't wanna do you? I see this all the time. Really tall people by default, hunched over to be equal size. They and they do it all the time. Instead, you don't want a hunch You want to lean. All right. So I see this a lot is uh, whoever shorter giving other person a hug. I mean, straining to become the same size or to reach shoulders, don't do poses where you're trying to reach for the shoulders of the next. Instead, pick oppose that is going to be less straining.

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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