Seven Posing Guidelines


Portrait Photography Fundamentals


Lesson Info

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.


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