7-Steps to Pose Your Subject Perfectly, Every Time

It can sometimes be a little hard to determine exactly how to pose an individual subject to bring out their best qualities. Oh sure, you can ask them and build a rapport or by trial and error - but here is a 7-step technique that always works. Through a mix of affirmation and instruction - you'll always get the perfect shot.

It's easy! Just follow these steps:

  1. Start by saying, "Okay. Turn your head on more of a slant."
  2. After the subject has adjusted, tell them, "Now, make a fist and slowly ease it up underneath your chin."
  3. Put your subject at ease (and make them feel good too) by letting them know that, "This is looking really good"
  4. At this point, you're nearly there. So indicate this by saying, "Okay, hold still. Right there."
  5. *This is the critical step, the one that makes this a universally great way to pose any subject, tell your subject: "Now, just imagine you're weightless. You're in the middle of the ocean, surrounded by tiny little seahorses."
  6. Nail the shot.
  7. More affirmation never hurts. So say, "That was one and that's gonna come out really nice."

This technique is best used in a firm but very gentle voice. Let's have a look at how this is done in practice:

 

Feature Photograph of the Week - People Watching In Cusco

   
  
   
  
    
  
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  Two locals people-watching in Cusco, Peru

Two locals people-watching in Cusco, Peru