Pose 9: Man On Ground


How to Set Up 10 Essential Poses


Lesson Info

Pose 9: Man On Ground

man on ground thank you do we have any questions from you guys yeah I can save the questions but I didn't want to just point out that there's a conversation going on between the lie and the leg way man laying on ground in line I know you heard lying I think it's what we decided here but then it sounded weird yeah I think you're correct okay that's all I just want to jump in one thing I've noticed in with man sitting is definitely with his arms you're purposely trying to make triangles and diamonds with those arms to make that negative space there yeah so most of the time for guys I for girls you can do soft curves and little negative sees for guys I go for more aggressive negative space because that's giving you like a sturdier pose that's why with women if it's like a soft pose it's meant to be curvy and gentle for guys I wanted to be sturdy and just so you know but I'm not into like gender stereotypes for just doing posing here like whatever you like whatever you want but yeah so tha...

t's the same thing that I'm trying to do with guys get more aggressive poses or I am okay with straight up and down um thisa little side note for that straight up and down when he was posing head should be if if if if you have their head tilted it shouldn't be tilted towards the camera issue the restraint on or even away is a little bit aggressive yes so when you do photograph men who don't want to look as masculine do you just soften the poses or do you go with poses you'd normally pose women in most most the time I just soften their poses like if it's going if it's not meant to be like not photographing a male athlete or if it's just a dad with his kids for example dad with his kids doesn't need to be all these aggressive shape it'll be the same pose but not a structured just a little bit more relaxed don't you want to take some questions I'm happy to take one or two okay cool so we're we often have questions about opposing men so this is a great opportunity so question is what else khun men do with their hands to communicate strength and softness strength and softness I had a great great cop out for this should watch my boyfriend's class yesterday but bringing in that for me for guys most of time I'm not doing strength and softness I would just be doing this hand looks natural but not too feminine so in other words and I'm not sure if they're saying strength one thing softness another or combined yeah loescher sure is for guys I don't extend fingers however they're posed like if your guy if I have they're they're crossing their hands a lot of times you know with women you might do something like this but guys it would be around where there might have fists so a lot of times it has to do with the hands and instead of having you know hand on the hip and a hand in the pocket like there's more aggressive hands is usually how I tilted over into like more confident aggressive for guys okay one more maybe do you ever ask guys to tighten their muscles or flex I definitely do on gwen and I'm sure you do this you do work out sometimes before they do push ups and sit ups before shoot so this if you've never photographed guys before all the professional models at you when I say okay we're going to do a shot with your shirt off if you watch yesterday they tend to do that apparently but what they'll do is they'll do push ups or sit ups or something to get the blow the blood flowing and then everything tightens up the muscles look more defined so I'll do that same thing tio have a guy's kind of leaned towards me and taking tighten everything up and it just pops everything out that is not a really good point for photographing men especially with okay you know we're at man on ground who's a big discussion this morning all right so I don't know if he saw this did you could you see that I think she's okay so I might go to when I was photographing high school senior guys now I photograph models but I started off photographing the average guy who's never posed in front of a camera before what I would say as they would say do me a favor just sit on the ground sideways and just be comfortable like you're watching tv so I'd get them close too comfortable and then I tweak it and usually they sat in some kind of pose like that sometimes it would dio jester tv post it's a pretty model a tv post that's pretty good all right um sometimes okay the cameras of that way so I could do this I have shorts on sometimes guys would sit down like this you know it's like this is where I think we think cameras will be right with this kind of sit down like this for tv post so I'd say okay okay cool why don't you drop this front leg and then just put this arm back so they felt like they were kind of in the same poses they were in something like that most of the time they would sit down approximately like this so what I like about this pose you pop that mean back up what I like about this pose and I'll flip over and the presentation is for both of these you've got a lot of triangles and I've got a lot of more structured shapes for guys who've got a triangle here triangle here triangle triangle triangle and they're just slight variations so if you look right now let's take a shot of you something very comfortable and the reason I also like this pose a lot if you are doing a portrait of high school seniors or musicians are athletes this is awesome for props I put a basketball in his hands and now there's a basketball here or lacrosse stick or an instrument or some nothing and they look comfortable and there's a good place to put the prop I can also shoot from a little bit on this side okay in the background kind of chopped off but if if a guy has a smaller chest and I want to make them look beef you're a wider and come up around to that side and now they're going to look wider so I would do roughly that pose and then the variation on it and can you just this time sit up put your arm back and then put your hand on your so like it's like a half a move it's just like one laying down one laying up same thing same triangles perfect

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.