Glamour poses should not be feared. They are quite different from
everyday shots that you may take for most clients, but they can be
great adventures that stretch your creativity and make you a better
The key to feeling comfortable on a set taking glamour shots is to know
the human body well and pay attention to all the finer details.
Apart from the three useful tips I am going to share with you below,
the best way to learn about posing the human body is by reading Malcolm
Boone's Posing Secrets.
He goes into full detail on the theory and practice of posing each part
of the body. For example, he explains how to pose legs when
standing, sitting, crossed, slightly bent or straight and whether to
have feet pointed or curved. You won't need any other books about
posing after this one. He really does explain in full detail how
to pose every inch of the human body.
Tip 1: Why Finding The Right Location Is Important
Determining where to shoot glamour photos is very important. You may
already have a general location but finding the exact spot at that
location should be given serious consideration.
If you just select a bush or a pretty plant and shoot there you may
find that the bush or plant becomes more of a focus for the photo than
just a background.
The trick is to move your camera or your subject until you find the
perfect spot for your model to pose. You want to make your
clear focus of the picture while allowing other things
to back them up
for a well rounded, beautiful photo.
As you can see from the glamour model laying on the beach. She is the
most important part of the composition, but the background adds some
extra creativity and flavor to the shot. Also notice how her feet and
hands are positioned. I will share more on this type of posing in Tip 3.
Move Your Body Around To Create The Artistic Detail
There is a reason professional models move around a photo shoot so
much. They aren't just trying to give the photographer a variety of
pictures to select from. They understand that a straight body standing
in a straight line doesn't look good on film.
When you are creating exciting glamour poses
you have to think of your
subject's body in terms of the lines created from the edges of their
Preferably, the lines of the body will appear diagonal in the photo,
meaning, at least part of the body has moved from the center so they
are no longer in one straight line.
It's a matter of filling up the full frame. You don't want the entire
body to be in one spot with a lot of background hanging out. That may
work for some creative or avante garde type of photography, but it
won't work for glamour photography.
As you see from the model below, her head is tilted
and her hands are
up. As she is moving about the photographer is shooting away. This
produces creative looking shots that are exciting and interesting to
Which Body Parts Do You Show?
When it comes to creating superb glamour or boudoir poses,
matter whether your subject looks away or directly into the camera.
Whether their toes are pointed or flexed
matters as well; just as a
thousand other tiny details matter. While keeping your mind on the
larger picture being taken, you have to focus in on the finer details
of how the model is positioned.
Make sure the hands have something useful to do
in the photo and make
sure the tilt of the head is just right. Pay attention to how the hair
is lying against the face or falling across the top of the shoulders.
All of these small details matter when you are taking glamour photos.
Of course, you also want to pay attention to all the basic elements of
lighting to ensure your glamour poses look as good as possible in the
end. You don't want to be snapping excellent pictures only to find
later on that the lighting took away from the overall effect.
Before you start shooting glamour poses professionally, get some
willing subjects to let you practice with them. Study up on the human
body and learn as much as you possibly can
positioning the human body in general, then put that knowledge to work
with actual subjects.
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