How to Pose Your Subjects

Whether taking a formal shot or informal shots of a group of friends, as a photographer, it will be necessary to pose your subjects if you want your images to have a nice composition. I always find posing my subjects challenging, especially when am called in to shoot in the last minute without having had time to meet and interact with them.

As a result, I wanted to create a small posing guide that would be of help, not only to me but, to anybody who faces the same challenges as I do.

Here are a few poses for a large number of people, a group of friends, and family members.

1. This pose works when working with a large group of people. Here, the idea is to have the whole group looking like a single object.

2.  For your shots to have that formal or documentary look, compose in full height.  Simply get everyone visible like this.

3. Shooting from an elevated angle to get a higher viewpoint can give your shots a more interesting and inviting perspective.

4. This composition works best for a small team shot such as a music band or a small team of co-workers. Place a known leader in front for even stronger composition.

5. This a standard, ordinary, and common way to pose a group of friends.  It always works, so I had to put it in as well.

6. This is another fun pose. Get everyone lean their heads slightly closer and towards the camera while standing very close together. You are going to love this shot, and so will they.

7.  Have the group form a circle while lying on the ground. Shoot from above. This will make for a killer shot.

8. For this shot, choose a “group leader” and put him or her in front. The others can then join in one by one while standing behind the previous person peeking towards the camera over the shoulder while supporting themselves a little on the person directly in front to add cordiality to your composition.

9. For this composition, put a “group leader” in front while others appear behind each other. Shooting with different apertures for a variety of focus points makes for interesting shots.

Here is a slight variation of the previous one. For this shot. check that everybody is clearly visible and shoot from a close distance with a wide aperture. Focus on the first person and ensure people further away are blurred to create an interesting and unusual looking group shot.

10.This pose works great for a group of friends or family members. Ask the group to make a jump after a short run.

11. Here are some family shots you can try out as well.


And here is video:

David Gitonga





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