How to Set Up 10 Essential Poses

Lesson 7/13 - Pose 4: Woman Sitting Formal Portrait


How to Set Up 10 Essential Poses


Lesson Info

Pose 4: Woman Sitting Formal Portrait

so let's jump over to the next one which is sitting this would be an essential sitting pose right can I have um let's do height wise I think I'm going to need the opposing pool table yeah I did see it it's over here okay so this for me tends to be one of two things this would be more formal portrait okay so somebody wants the high school senior portrait it's a child children's portrait that they want up on their wall or maybe it's somebody that's a little heavier that doesn't necessarily want a full body shot or somebody that is uncomfortable because if you're posing somebody and they know they're not sitting there not I mean there's nothing it's uncomfortable like what do I do but I find when you can have someone lean on a stool or lean on a chair lean on a wall it's an anchor point so it's not so insecure so if you get someone that just feels really uncomfortable posing don't just say yep stand out there on a white background and were captured like that I try to give them something m...

ore comfortable so I think that that chairs should be fined or something is that it dies it goes okay yeah max is fine wait don't put that in like the little kid posing category actually can I have it faced this way step on my background thank you do you feel okay sitting on this all right cool might be slightly uncomfortable okay cool um so general pose is using that table and that was definitely good okay good school so what we're going to do is for it was pretend that I actually only have this poison table and that's as low as it goes as high as it goes what I want to do is I want to make sure when she's trying to reach it she's not doing this instead it's more of a lean ford case that actually is good now relax your shoulders and I want to show the difference so you could just see what I work with can you go before where you're leaning toward the table okay cool this is only lower my light right all right so when she first sat down this is basically how she sat down and if you notice it's a little bright hon okay squished my exposure it strikes again okay now I always always last models look good in almost any pose half the time like she still looks pretty but if you look she doesn't really have much of a knack and there's a big curve here uh she still looks nice and put this way if you're not super skinny that's not going to be a good post for you so I won't have you pull up and then lean ford good and now relax your shoulders a little bit great let's take a look at this same thing so what's the difference between the two okay so it's going to be just a little bit more comfortable all right however right now these hands are a little they're little proposed or place they're they're not super interesting so you've got to figure out what else you can do with them so if I just stay right there let's bring your back arm up tear your face perfect great just like that let's take a shot and in this instance normally this wouldn't be the case you would have to lean forward but if let's say I was actually getting this in the shot something else that I see is this line is still not a curvy as I want if I were shooting this that far I'd have her archer lower back because that would just give me another nice little curve in there all right so does something like that great and in between your hand towards your face the other way right there good try this and elongate your fingers a little good perfect okay and of course this is not super dressed up but let's imagine for example let's take a suit picture she's all glammed up and she's leaning out on white cloth or the white edge of a couch or something like that you know the fundamentals are the same so one of the reasons I like poses like this for women is that well put it this way if it's a glamour a boudoir shots they're still attention here okay but at the same time let's say someone's a little bit heavier you don't have to show everything if you can't I really get that pose the way you want watch the hands the reason that I had her put her back hand up can you put your front our month this time good and she actually still looks fine but put your whole hand out like this okay is we get back to the problem where she's covering her jawline and so now I've hidden something that I probably want to show for my client and I can't see their jaw line or their neck so that's why most of the time I air towards putting the backhand up towards the face the other thing that I was watching with her can you put your other arm back up against uh by default your hand towards like other way okay so by default when she sat down she did this uh turn even more is this put your hand up and so she did this cupping your hand towards me in general you want to watch out that you don't see the palm of the hand not that the palm of the hand is soup like bad but usually ate the lightest part of someone's body like it's really pale so our eyes go to the latest part of the photo so goto hand and also go to the a bigger part of the photo which in this instance would be her hand so on your checklist when you're posing hands you don't want to see this if you are going to vary the hand position you want to see the pink see you want to see just right here this is the narrowest part of the hand it's the softest so something like that is usually what you're aiming for have you put your back arm up one more time good and then rotate your hand towards your face great and then put that pinky up with the others perfect season like that and there you go great perfect so it should be just a basic go to pose if you did want to have the arms down like we've got that same thing can you put your arms like this by default and keep him flat by default she did something like that okay something like this is where I'm gonna put her I told her put her hands down but what I get are these little lake fingers coming towards camera and then this is just a flat line so I want to try something where can you put your back uh your left hand up like this on your arm yeah something like that good and then wrap the other one around even more and then up just a little bit so you could do something like softer I'm trying to not see little nub fingers and I don't want flat hands I want like more curves I could go something like that or like this or like this so I'm trying to just move things so let's see until you had this way just a little bit and then hands up your arms this time good and rotate yet so it's something like that and relax the shoulders good okay cool and I want to do one more can you put your back arm up to your face and then put this hand here okay so you could also do something like that perfect if you want to see nails or the ring or something like that

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.



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.