Weekly Photography Challenge – Posing People

Editor’s note: this week we will be featuring a series of articles on posing for portraits. Look for a new one each day. If you miss any make sure you subscribe to our newsletter and you’ll get a reminder of all our articles once a week.

Creating portraits is hard. There’s a lot of technical stuff you need to handle, and you have a real live subject in front of your camera. Even further, they are going to look to you for help to make them comfortable and look good in their photos. The right pose, whether casual or structured, is key.

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Weekly Photography Challenge – Posing People

This week’s challenge is about practicing working with people and doing some posing. If this is an area that’s new for you then try and get a model or subject that will be patient with you as you try different things. Or you could work with a professional model (in exchange for prints is a common practice if you can’t afford to pay for one) who can help you suggest poses or even do their own. Learning by watching is great way to go too.

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Share your images below:

Simply upload your shot into the comment field (look for the little camera icon in the Disqus comments section) and they’ll get embedded for us all to see or if you’d prefer upload them to your favourite photo sharing site and leave the link to them. Show me your best images in this week’s challenge. Sometimes it takes a while for an image to appear so be patient and try not to post the same image twice.

You can also check out the dPS ebook Portraits: Striking the Pose or our set of posing guides 67 Portrait Poses (printable) if you need some tips.

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