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Portrait Photography Fundamentals

Lesson 21 of 61

Shoot: Standing Poses for Male Model


Portrait Photography Fundamentals

Lesson 21 of 61

Shoot: Standing Poses for Male Model


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Shoot: Standing Poses for Male Model

So standing sidelight right, that's kind of like what I'm, well, I think I did, I demonstrated that before, right? And so, you can stand and do some sidelight, and, and what you wanna try to do is get that leg lean on one leg. Put all that weight on one leg, and it looks great. Here's a different way of doing it. Where I'm using sidelight here. And what this was, this was the actual sun here. And so the nose towards the light, right? And so he's leaning on one leg here, okay. He's looking down, I have him, oh, yeah. Looking down is also another great way to express strength in a portrait is to look down. So that should always be part of your repertoire, when you're shooting somebody, look up at the light, look over and then look down. And so that look down feeling has a masculine feel to it. And what I did was I just added another flash on this side to give me a highlight here. 'Cause this sun was so strong, that it was making this all black and shadow and no detail was coming out so I...

just popped some flash on the other end to give you that sidelight, okay? Here's another example of sidelight. And so this was actually an overcast day, and I changed the sky, which I'm gonna be talking about but I can't have a highlighted sky in the background. That sky was completely white it's like blown out and white. There's nothing, there's nope, just white clouds, okay? But I wanted it interesting, so I popped a flash in to give me some highlight and shadow. And now that I have highlight and shadow, I can add in a sky with highlight and shadow and it looks matching, right? But I couldn't do that if I didn't do that. So, I liked adding the sidelight there, then I got highlight and shadow. And now I can make it a much more dramatic picture. And I will show you tomorrow what it actually looked like and you'll be amazed. But we'll just gonna have to hold off for right now. Okay, let's do a sidelight, with a looking down. And show you how strong that looks. How's that? Okay Ryan, get in here. And so can you go ahead and turn that light on? Right. And so what I want you to do is put all your weight on that leg, relax. You're gonna look this way but you're gonna look down and maybe put this hand in the pocket and put your thumbs right there. Okay, good. So go ahead, give him some sidelight. And I'm looking for the shadow on the side of his cheek. That's what I'm looking for, okay? And I'm hopefully I have enough room here. Okay, so let me see what we got here. And look down, right. Good. And then just look straight out. Good. And then if you can maybe take one of your hands and maybe hold your vest, yes like maybe across. Yeah, something like that. Perfect. Just to change it up. He's looking down. Right, perfect. (camera shutter) Then put your head down, and just look, yeah. Yeah, chin up just a bit. Uh, actually i like it with your chin down actually. Right there, bam. (camera shutter) Alright, great. So those are some different poses with using sidelight and standing.

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


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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.