Posing 101

October 1, 2013

Tuesday morning with donuts, and it's time for our first official blog post! It was tough deciding what topic to cover first. The logical answer was to first talk about a few photography basics such as iso, aperture, and shutter speed; which all work together to control lighting and movement in your photos. However, those can be rather dull subjects if you are a hobby photographer working with a basic digital camera. So, I decided to start out slow and talk about posing; As, I think it's a nice and all inclusive topic.

 

Now posing will always vary depending on the size and amount of subjects you have. However, there are a few basic rules; and once you understand the rules, then you can break them.

 

1. Surroundings

 

Unless you are going for a "grunge" look in your photos (which can be really cool but not always appropriate), try  to clean up your surroundings. Say, you're shooting in a park, make an attempt to place your subjects in front of unsightly trash bins to hide them or better yet, try to frame the photo so you don't have to deal with it at all.

© 2013 by Sierra Scott

For this shoot, I was lucky to have some really fantastic subjects who were very easy to shoot. However, our location happened to be directly behind a soccer field and a deep ravine. Neither of which we wanted in their photos. So, by utilizing the lovely picnic setting they brought and placing it in front of some high grass we were passing by, we were able to completely hide everything we did not want in the photo. Resulting in their photos coming out perfectly.

© 2013 by Sierra Scott

2. Symmetry

 

One of the easiest ways to make a photo look professional is to make sure it is symmetrical. Again, look at your surroundings and make a mental note of everything. Are there any columns? Trees? Buildings? If you are using a building as a backdrop or some other structure, are there lines in it? Any repeating details? Use these details to your advantage. By placing your subjects between two trees, or directly in the median of a structure, you can create symmetry.

 

Here was a really fun couple who wanted a playground shoot. Using the slides, I was able to create an exact line of symmetry for this photo that made it look perfectly equal.

 

Now, if you've seen my work, I tend to actually favor "asymmetricality". However, that is a personal preference that I have developed and once you get the basics down, you will be able to use all these tips & tricks and your own eye for creativity as well!

Now, since this the first blog post, I'll keep it short. My last tip for posing is to capture the candid shots.

 

3. Candid Shots

 

Some of the best shots are the unposed ones. The ones that just happen organically as you are setting up or getting ready to shoot. So, don't be too preoccupied with putting in batteries or memory cards to miss those candid shots.

© 2013 by Sierra Scott

Hopefully, these tips will help you as you capture you an your family's most treasured moments. There are many other ways to get the perfect pose, but again, it all depends on the amount of subjects you have as well as many other variables. If you have any other basics posing tips & tricks, feel free to post them below!

 

© 2013 by Sierra Scott