Pose 3: Woman Standing Legs Crossed


How to Set Up 10 Essential Poses


Lesson Info

Pose 3: Woman Standing Legs Crossed

so for this one in this particular shot I'm going to a couple of varieties of it but basically it's one foot in front of the other and either hip back to put the waste back and then you can very all of this again like all that can be varied um the key here is the legs what doesn't work is can you uncross them a little bit yes like an eye popping me out little okay this doesn't work as much because what I had her do is just kind of stand there and just kind of do this okay but when I like just kind of like me out what happens is her legs are about equal with her waist which are about equal with her shoulder and she's a line like it's just so straight up and down and so we're missing that whole thing of curves that we want to have with women so now I'm gonna have to do is cross the across one leg in front of the other and you kind of hit keep your hips back good so take a look at the difference now when I crop you can keep with the hand of tunic good and then just elbow down a little per...

fect good and get him to put that out just a little more yeah okay so for this image what it does it gives it make sure I do this right you have to follow her curves because since she kicked her hips back and she has a small ways but we put her hand on her waist which draws attention to the small waist first is right on her hip I see a lot of people say put your hand on your hip if your subject does this generally that's not a good idea because it actually drawing attention to the widest part of their body the time when that's really okay this goes into my opposing class we talked about body types let's say a woman has a very large top and then no hips and that case is actually okay to put hands on the hips because you're trying to balance it out you're trying to draw a little bit more attention here and give you a curve versus just large in the top and the straight on the bottom but most of the time it's actually hands on the waste that looks a little bit better because you're saying look how small my waist is like that's what you're drawing attention to and she kicks her hips back it gives her a little bit more of this ways because you're kind of bending at the waist a little more and then the way that her feet are one in front of the other it gives you a leading out point I like this pose better usually as a cropped photo so while we're talking about that as you're going ahead and you're taking all your photos watch your crops so I'm gonna have you do that same post where you want to crop is at or near a narrowing point so for example you probably don't want to crop just at the shoulders like just the top of the shoulder because someone's going to be their widest and you probably don't want to crop just at the hips and you probably don't want to crop even mid side depending on how their post and that's why I have her put her leg over she could cross them like this or she can do this you can cross her knee in and I cropped there because then it gives me that swoop at the bottom so I'm going to show you some good good and bad places to crop like I wouldn't crump right here like I wouldn't crop quite quite right there because it's going to make her look fuller here even though she is not especially as I had a kicker hip out I was trying to give more curve but it's going to make her look wider unless I show that her hip was kicked out and that's just not how wide she is so instead that same thing looks better a little lower here or even just even just like a little higher and lower your your left arm a little bit good and let's put that arm across to the other hand and bring him up this time it wasn't like right there this that work so like trying not crop at hips not crop it shoulders something like that's fine as well like closer to the need gives you more of a vanishing point so the key with this is however the person standing have them put their weight on their back hip and make sure their legs or either crossed or I took this foot and so can you do one like that just took what or whatever me just talking like all the way over so you're comfortable good and so now let's put hand on your hips and let's put that one lower so I'm trying to get myself a little bit more shape pop that I'll go out the reason I keep telling you to pop your elbow out can you put it back can you go like this for shortening when I take this photo and cross that knee over again when I take this photo and now pop it towards me kitt when she has her arm back it says the same thing as elba ford you've got that foreshortening going on so she looks like she has a little arm like that they don't look even and something else that I sometimes watch out for is sometimes these hands will look like they're coming out of nowhere so I'll have my subject even rotate their hands for just a little bit so I can actually see them um related to that if you have someone that's perhaps a little heavier a little fuller figured what you don't want them to dio is this because what it looks like they're trying to hold on and they can only get the edges it sets what looks like but if you rotate their hands forward look how easy it is for me to reach all the way around my body I have such a small waist like that's what it communicates so sometimes you can actually fake someone's waist by having them put their hands more to the front and then lean ford's that you're getting more of that waste

Class Description

You don't need to memorize hundreds of poses to create dynamic and engaging shots of your subjects. Instead, you can learn just 10 essential poses, and make slight modifications to them to create an endless range of looks. In this class Lindsay Adler will share 10 poses you can use again and again to create dramatically different photos.


a Creativelive Student

This is a short, concise class, that is filled with great, basic posing information. It's more for the beginner though and while I did take away some excellent points, I wish I'd put the money towards a more advanced Lindsay Adler class that I could have taken more from. She's one of the best teachers on Creative Live, so go for it if you need some solid advice on posing.