When photographing people, you can have a great composition, perfect light, and the right camera settings, but if your subject doesn’t look right―if the pose is off―the shot will not be a keeper. Posing is truly a crucial skill that photographers need to have in order to create great photographs. If you’re looking to improve your ability to pose your subjects―whether they’re men, women, couples, or groups―best-selling author and photographer Lindsay Adler’s The Photographer’s Guide to Posing: Techniques to Flatter Everyone is the perfect resource for you.
In the first half of The Photographer’s Guide to Posing, Lindsay discusses how the camera sees, and thus how camera angle, lens choice, and perspective all affect the appearance of your subject. Lindsay then covers the five most important things that ruin a pose―such as placement of the hands, and your subject’s expression and posture. If you can look out for and avoid these five things, your skills (and your images) will quickly improve. Next, Lindsay dives into “posing essentials,” outlining her approach to start with a “base pose,” then build on that to create endless posing opportunities. She also discusses posing the face―with specific sections dedicated to the chin, jaw, eyes, and forehead―as well as posing hands.
In the second half of the book, Lindsay dedicates entire chapters to posing specific subject matter: women, men, couples, curvy women, families and small groups, and large groups. In each chapter, Lindsay addresses that subject matter’s specific challenges, provides five “go-to poses” you can always use, and covers how to train the eye to determine the best pose for your subject(s). In the final chapter of the book, Lindsay brings it all together as she teaches you how to analyze a pose so that you can create endless posing opportunities and continuously improve your work.
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The information in this book was nothing short of incredible. Learning how to notice the details in posing and the simple solutions to enhance your poses is invaluable! Best book I've bought!
This book is the be and end all posing book. You can't go wrong with this purchase.
Lindsay is one of the best instructors I have ever seen. This book is incredible and if you study it you will make money if you practice what you learn.
As a beginner I was introduced to poses for various body types that I never though of especially for men.
This book really is amazing and so helpful. If I had know all the content it has I would have purchased a long time ago.
I just received this book and already know it will become well worn from much use. I like that it shows what not to do, followed by examples of the right poses to use. It is a great learning resource!
Helps a lot and goes into usable detail, excellent start for a novice or someone looking for some fine adjustments.
Hi Lindsay! I really like your book, there's a lot of content that was in your boot camp lesson on Creative Live. Your teaching method is far superior to others, simple things like not touching your client without asking and using mirroring and hand gestures to pose the client. I also like your section on posing groups and couples. I need a lot of practice on posing couples and groups. Anyway, I really like you Creative Live class and your book. Best Regards, Dennis Cottongim
I have read numerous posing guides, as well as watched many videos. This book has them all beat, hands down. Not only is it very educational, it also makes for a great reference. Lindsay's teaches posing techniques that enable you to use a few base poses, and with a couple of tweaks, wind up with many different looks. If you are serious about portrait photography, then this book is a must have part of your library!