Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Technique Tuesday: Posing Problems – Easy Fixes

Good Morning Everybody,

Ontario Mountains We had a nice time in Ontario, CA these last couple of days – from our relaxing arrival Sunday afternoon to the terrific group of photographers that attended Monday night’s program.  I even grabbed a few photographs while sitting on our balcony just taking it easy on Sunday afternoon. 

Last night’s CBTL2010 presentation turned out to be a jam packed program.  I’ll tell ya’, it was almost standing room only. We set the room with 260 seats and that still didn’t seem to be enough. 

I also want to mention That it one of the nicest group of photographers on the road this year.  You could just feel it in the room. As usual, a great time was had by all. THANKS to everybody who came on by and stayed late!

Today we head across town to Woodland Hills, CA and then on to Sacramento, CA.  Only two cities to go – time seems to have flown by. 

Posing Problems – Easy Fixes

I’ve got a good Technique Tuesday for you today.  I’m receiving many requests on today’s topic from our Skribit “request line” so I thought today would be the day to answer some of those requests. Yep, lots of folks want to know how to make their clients look good in front of the camera. Heck, the client wants the same thing, don’t they?

When aspiring photographers ask me to critique their work, I see  two issues routinely happening in many of the photographs I view.  First, it seems that the photographer may seem a bit uncomfortable in knowing how to arrange the subject in front of the camera to make the subject look relaxed, easy and comfortable. 

The second is that the subject expects some direction from the photographer, they are the Pro. Too often the subject does not receive that direction and just assumes a static position in front of the camera.

In this tutorial, I’ll show you one BIG thing I see in many of these photographs that can be quickly and easily remedied in seconds with just a little direction from the photographer.  Hit the PLAY button below to see what I’m talking about. Enjoy the show.


Hey gang, that’s it for me today.  Off to Woodland Hills we go – just a quick hop, skip, and a jump across town.  I’ll plan to see everyone tomorrow for one more episode of The One That Got Away.  It is such a beautiful photograph, BUT….

See ya’ then, -David


  1. Robin from UK, great tip, simple but effective, hope the cold clears up soon.

  2. As always, a great tutorial. As a photographer starting out, I tend to miss some of the finer details. This is a perfect example of one of the things I usually overlook. No more thanks to a great post, and a great teacher.

  3. Thanks for the great tip, David!

  4. Thank again for all that you do David.

  5. nice tutorial. Thanks for that !

  6. Danielle (danielle4831@yahoo.com)9:30 PM, November 03, 2010

    I was one of the attendees at this recent Master Class. David spent a great deal of time going over & critiquing our images from each day's shooting. He even recorded this critique for us all and provided this on a DVD for us to take with us at the end of the week long workshop. I highly recommend this workshop to others. I am planning on attending his next Fall Workshop next year as well. Really wonderful coaching, hands on guidance, and tremendous value! Thank you David!

  7. This is great. I've worked hard on getting lighting techniques down pat, but still find posing to be a challenge. I'd love to see this same sort of tutorial for posing guys as well.

  8. Thank you so much for this tutorial...=) I´ve seen my boss (who is a photographer) advice the objects to tilt their head, sit with their shoulders othervice and so on, and I´ve seen it work. But never been able to ask my objects, because I didnt know why and how to get that good look.

    Thank you!!

  9. Very nice post. I'd like to see how you explain the posing to the subject. I try to ask them to tilt their head, move their hand etc, but usually I have to show them what I mean, which cuts into the photographing time. There never seems to be enough time to focus on the details and still get all the needed shots. Do you have any advice?

  10. Another great one David, thanks.

    Daryl Osborne

  11. I'm thinking this type of posing works really well for females, but not sure this would look right for males. Any thoughts...?


  12. Hum - the link isn't working for me.

  13. Thank you David. Good refresher and easy to remember.