How to pose for photos

Monday, 29 March 2010 | Tags: , , , , ,

If you shy away from the camera because you don't think you take a good photo, think again. It could be all in the way you strike (or don't strike) a pose. We visited photographer Jonathan Cruz, who has worked with such celebrities as Michael Buble and Daryl Hannah, to learn how to pose properly.

Posing Basics:

Posture is important

  • Stand up straight as though you’re a marionette and someone is pulling up on a string attached to the top of your head.

  • Keep your shoulders back (which also helps push your chest out, hint hint) to appear taller and slimmer. 

 Position your body

  • Don’t face the camera directly. Instead, tilt your hips away from the camera, while keeping your shoulders facing back toward the camera, though not square on. This trick helps create a slimming effect.

  • Avoid facing your hips square on to the camera, which creates an illusion of wideness.

  • Step one foot in front of the other, whichever feels more comfortable with your hip tilt. This also helps create the illusion of a slim silhouette.

 Face Facts

  • Point your face toward the light source (e.g. the sun or lighting) for a more flattering look.

  • If you face away from the light, you may end up with dark shadows across your face.

  • Avoid lifting your chin up, especially if you’re trying to hide a double chin, since this can do the opposite, leading to a photo that highlights your neck instead of one that focuses your face. It can also give us an unflattering view up your nose.

  • Lower your face as you look toward the camera and tilt your head ever so slightly. This will give your face a more heart-shaped, longer look.

  • To minimize a double chin, make sure you’re standing up straight with your shoulders back. Avoid hunching over or slouching. If you’re looking at the camera straight-on, think about pushing your forehead toward the camera, which has the effect of stretching out your under-chin area. It may feel weird (and it looks a little like E.T. from the side view), but it really works!

Hand to hand

  • Position your hands on a part of your body you want to highlight (e.g. on your waist to highlight an hourglass shape).

  • Relax your hands and allow yourself to place them as you naturally would.

  • Avoid putting your hands near a part of your body you want to hide (e.g. down at your sides highlights your thighs).

  • Also avoid showing the back of your hand square to the camera, which can makethem look overly large.

Camera? What camera?

  • Try not to be too conscious of the camera or get too pose-y.

  • Have fun and be yourself!



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