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Portrait Photography Fundamentals

Lesson 16 of 61

Seven Posing Guidelines


Portrait Photography Fundamentals

Lesson 16 of 61

Seven Posing Guidelines


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Seven Posing Guidelines

The five killer tips, all right? So just in general, when you're posing, I want ya to keep these things in mind. I have seven tips here, I guess, not five. (laughing) One, like I said, I can repeat this a million times, and then we'll go out and shoot it, and we'll forget about it. Ya gotta keep the nose towards the light, that is key. Body away from the light, if you're in trouble, if ya just don't know, and you're confused ... Okay, I'm gonna keep the nose that way, the body the other way, and you're gonna get something, especially if you shift the weight. So you shift the weight, and then here's another tip: shift the weight and ask for more because you need it exaggerated. Like I've been doing it for 15 years. I'm used to it, but most people, it's not exaggerated enough because on camera, you're not gonna see it, okay? Then you've gotta lift that leg up to give ya that V, right? Accentuate those hips, break the spine. If you feel you're photos are too stiff, that's because the spin...

e is perpendicular to the ground, and you've gotta either lean them back, lean them forward, I don't know, but whatever you gotta do is you gotta have that spine broken. Not unless it's an extreme vertical, I mean a symmetrical shot, then not so much, but in general, you've gotta break that spine. Then you've gotta create balance with your arms, okay? If you've gotta a lotta something here, then you've gotta balance it out the other way. And then on top of that, the main thing is is that you need that emotion, or you need that look, right? Where they're feeling confident, they're feeling great, right? There's no barrier in between the camera and them. There's no fear, or "Oh, what should I be doing?" None of that, as if they're completely comfortable with you taking pictures of them. And that's hard to do. Sometimes you might not get that look until three hours in, right? So usually that's when our best photos happen, is you're usually at the end of the session because they're feeling a lot more comfortable, but the more comfortable and confident, and you know what you're doing, is that I guarantee you, if you know what you're doing, and you give direction, and you're telling them what to do constantly, they love that. Or else like they may be beautiful and all, but they're like people are self-conscious. "Am I doing this right" or ya know? They have no idea if they're doing it right, or if they're doing it incorrectly, but if you're guiding them and encouraging them while you're shooting it, you're gonna break those walls down, and you're gonna have an amazing session. All right, that's about it, other than questions. Yes, Scott, we have several people asking, including a new double oh seven, are these tips applicable to curvy models, as well, curvy people, I mean? Yes, for sure, I think, you might not be as exaggerated with it like you might have them do the Ying-Yang or whatever right away, right, but you can subtly do everything, right? I do the same routine no matter what person I'm shooting, right? Like if I'm shooting them, I don't want to have square shoulders, I wanna just turn them to the side. I don't their hip towards the camera because it's gonna look ... The same techniques work, but you just might have to tone it down, and not all the options are open to you, right, because it may look forced or may look unnatural for them. Maybe at that point, just getting to the classic pose might work with them, and then they're probably limited in what you want to do, and where you wanna go with it. But definitely, I use the same techniques. Great.

Class Description

Want to be able to go into any situation with your camera and have the confidence to know you’ll get the shot? Award-Winning photographer Scott Robert Lim goes in-depth on the four foundational elements you must conquer if you want to develop your creativity and style.

Scott will give you the guidelines you need to master:

  • Lighting
  • Posing
  • Composition
  • Post-Processing

Once you master these fundamentals of portraits, you free up your mind to get creative and ultimately get the shot.


  1. Class Introduction
  2. 5 Shots That WOW
  3. Four Fundamentals of Photography
  4. Create a Visual Impact with Composition
  5. Importance of Foreground and Background
  6. Create Depth in Landscape Images
  7. Photos Don't Always Follow the Rules
  8. Composition Practice Exercise
  9. Composition Critique of Student Images
  10. Keys to Posing
  11. Shoot: Classic Elegance Female Pose
  12. Shoot: Modern Female Pose
  13. Shoot: Rollover Female Pose
  14. Female Hands & Arms Poses Overview
  15. Shoot: Hands and Arms Poses for Female
  16. Seven Posing Guidelines
  17. Headshots Poses with Male Model
  18. Shoot: Headshot for Male Model
  19. Shoot: Sitting Poses for Male Model
  20. Shoot: Leaning Poses for Male Model
  21. Shoot: Standing Poses for Male Model
  22. Keys to Couples Posing
  23. Shoot: Couples Posing
  24. Couples Transitional Posing Overview
  25. Shoot: Transitional Posing
  26. Keys to Group Posing
  27. Accordion Technique with Groups
  28. Shoot: Accordion Technique
  29. Shoot: Best Buds Pose
  30. Shoot: Talk with Your Hands Pose
  31. Shoot: Lock Arms and Hold Hands Pose
  32. Run at the Camera and Dance in Your Seat Poses
  33. Shoot: Pod Method Pose
  34. Posing Critique of Student Images
  35. Introduction to Lighting
  36. Soft vs Hard Light
  37. Difficult Lighting Situations
  38. Bright Light Techniques
  39. Overcast Light Techniques
  40. Low Light Techniques
  41. Lighting Techniques Q&A
  42. Drama Queen Lighting
  43. Laundry Basket Lighting
  44. Make it Rain Lighting
  45. Smart Phone Painting with Light
  46. Mini LED Bokeh Lighting
  47. Choose the Right Lighting System
  48. Hybrid Flash System
  49. Innovative Accessories
  50. Gear Overview
  51. Theatrical Post-Processing
  52. Ten Keys to Post-Processing
  53. Essential Skills to Post-Processing
  54. Headshot Post-Processing
  55. Bright Light Post-Processing
  56. Flat Light Post-Processing
  57. Low Light Post-Processing
  58. Introduction to Fine Art Post-Processing
  59. Light & Airy Fine Art Post-Processing
  60. Dark & Moody Fine Art Post-Processing
  61. Post-Processing Critique of Student Images


Vitor Rademaker

This course is amazing! Scott is extremely straightforward. He goes directly to practical problems, tips and etc. He explains every thing very clearly, and he is also very funny and charismatic, making you laugh as you learn. He shows that you don't need a lot of expensive gear to make very nice pictures. So I have saved some money as well, cause I was about to buy some gear that I wouldn't need right now. It is for sure one of the best photography courses I have ever attended to! I highly recommend! Thanks a lot Scott! You are the best!


I have purchased a number of classes, this being one of them. The quality of the information was good and the level at which Scott spoke was appropriate for me. Having a course sylibus would add greatly to the value, which usually is not part of the programs I've purchased including this one, unless I've missed it. I believe the speaker should be required to provide one. After watching the videos, much of material can be recaptured by seeing it in writing. I would like to hear back from Creativelive their thoughts. In sum, good topic, good speaker, good technical audio and video quality by Creativelive


Another fantastic class with Scott Robert Lim! The combination of his knowledge, willingness to share, passion & entertaining personality makes him a top choice for photography education. Learning not only the "what", but the "why" & "how" can transform one's entire approach towards MAKING pictures. A constant inspiration to get better & better through practice.