One of the toughest jobs photographers who are new to studio photography find is posing models. Taking photos of still products is easier than taking photos of people, especially if you are the one telling them to do what they are doing. But it doesn’t have to be as hard as it may seem at first. Here are some quick tips to help you pose your models easily in the studio or outdoors:
- Talk to them and make them feel at ease. Explaining your ideas, communicating, and just talking to your models is going to make them feel more comfortable with you, leading to much better and more natural looking photos.
- Look for a mannerism that your model may have. Sometimes these can work out great for a shoot as these are the most natural forms of movement your model is accustomed to. So if your model seems to be adjusting her hair in a certain way, or moving his hands in a specific manner, ask them to hold that pose and see if you can use it.
- Simplify the way you do things. Make the background simpler and cleaner. Sometimes all you need to have is a strong facial expression, with everything in the background melting away.
- Adapt poses to your model’s physique and natural style. You can take inspiration for poses from online sources and apps, but at the end of the day you have to alter those poses in order to make them fit for the model in front of your lens.