A Complete Guide to the Basics of Posing for Portrait Photos

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“Rules are made to be broken,” is what Julia Kelleher states in her creativeLive presentation. “Don’t sacrifice connection for posing. ”

She covers lots of the basics like how a 50mm doesn’t work as well an 85mm due to compression, but also talks about angles, focal plane and the rule of thirds. Julia emphasizes how posing has to elicit a connection and uses lots of examples visually such as the focal plane example–which is a huge one!

One of the biggest ones though that you’re bound to learn is the rule of off-set heads and how noses play a big role in posing a family or couples. If you’re looking to just get into portrait photography, the video after the jump is a great primer to the basics of posing for portrait photos that squeezes lots of into 16 minutes.

Chris Gampat

Chris Gampat is the Editor in Chief, Founder, and Publisher of the Phoblographer. He also likes pizza.