Portrait Photography Tips: How to Pose the Arms (And What Not to Do)

Avoid awkwardly placed hands and arms in your shots with these quick portrait photography tips.

Among the things both portrait photographers and models commonly overlook when they’re starting out is the placement of the arms in poses. Can you just place them on the sides? Should the model place a hand behind their head? Or both hands? How about one hand touching their hair or twirling it in their fingers a bit? Should the arms be bent? There are actually many ways you can work with the hands and arms to avoid awkwardly posed portraits. We’ve put together a bunch of tips if this is something you’re yet to master.

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Portrait Photography Tips: The Guide for Those Still Learning

Every photographer could use some Portrait Photography Tips, and we’ve got a bunch for you right here.

With portrait photography among the core genres, we’re sure everyone wants to know how they can take great shots for when the need calls for it. More so for those who want to specialize in it and make it their bread and butter. This is why we make sure to regularly share projects, tutorials and cheat sheets loaded Portrait Photography Tips and its many sub-genres. If you’re still getting a grip on portrait photography, we can begin with a review of some essential tutorials to help move you forward.

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Portrait Photography Tips: Quick Posing Guide for Men

Posing men is often challenging for those just starting out with portrait photography. You can keep it simple yet effective with these quick tips.

While portrait photography tips seem predominantly for posing females, there are a good number of tutorials out there showing how to pose male subjects. If you’re new to photographing men, you may find it challenging to direct them into poses that work. With this quick video tutorial from Anita Sadowska, you’ll have some ideas for this, whether you’re working with experienced models or newbies.

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Photography Cheat Sheet: Family Portrait Photography Tips

Family portrait photography can be challenging, but this cheat sheet will help you nail those beautiful portraits on your next shoot.

Family portrait photography is one of those genres we find ourselves shooting one way or another. Whether for work or personal projects, it can be tricky to get these portraits just the way you want them. However, with some planning and the help of this cheat sheet, you’ll be on your way to overcoming some of the most common obstacles to getting better family portraits.

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These Tips Will Level Up Your Backlit Portrait Photography Game

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Are you a fan of the backlit portrait look but not sure how to achieve it? Let us show you how with our latest original infographic!

Backlighting subjects is a popular technique used in portrait photography, popular amongst portrait photographers who prefer to work with natural light. When properly executed, backlit portraits take on a natural and aesthetically pleasing quality. If you’ve wanted to give this style a try, but weren’t quite sure how to pull it off, we’ve got you covered!

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Portrait Photography: Connect with Your Clients Easier with These 3 Tips

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When it comes to portrait photography the way you communicate with your client is far more important than the gear you’re using.

We’ve all been there at some point in our careers: we have a great model, or an awesome client, but we just don’t know how to effectively communicate or connect with the person standing in front of the camera. A lack of communication skills can kill a shoot quickly, so being able to build connections with those you work with is far more important than the gear you use. The three tips that are shared in a new video after the break will help get you set up for success and will hopefully help you figure out what to do to connect with your clients. Continue reading…

10 Tips For Successful Underwater Portrait Photography

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Editor’s Note: This blog post was originally published on Jenna Martin’s Blog. It is being syndicated here with permission.

My brain is officially underwater.

Photographically, that is.

I see everything in terms of underwater. A friend shows me the gorgeous wedding dress she picked out, and I wonder what it would look like in a pool. My mother-in-law shows me a new chair she reupholstered and I wonder how well the color would hold up if it got wet. I’ve even made the mistake of approaching a potential model with an opening line of, “Excuse me, how well do you sink in water?”

Creepy…I know.

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6 Tips for Perfect Composition in Portrait Photography with a 50mm lens

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Composing portrait images with a 50mm lens not only has to do with the normal composition rules, but also with elements of a person’s body. For example, they always say that you should focus on the eyes, and the folks at Weekly Imogen seem to agree. Their first tip has to do with specific face placement. They state that the eyes should be in the upper third area of the image because of the natural way that it draws a viewer in and lets them explore the rest of the image.

Imogen also says that using natural frames helps. The rest of the video on the perfect composition of portrait images with a 50mm lens is after the jump.

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Tips on Using Bare Shoulders in Portrait Photography

Bare shoulders are used in many, many photos and have become more popular in recent days. Part of this has to do with recent fashion trends, but others have to do with the pure beauty in the look. It’s typically used in photos of females and create a beautiful, sensual and classy feminine look to the images that everyone loves. They’re also pretty harmless to ask a model for as long as you have that level of trust.

Youtuber WeeklyImogen recently published a video explaining how to use them in photos. One of her more popular methods has to do with using a black dress with the shoulders pulled down, but she also talks about wrapping a sheet around her and drawing attention to the back when combined with the appropriate posing techniques.

She states that you can totally still maintain your modesty while doing this, and encourages you to go try it for yourself.

As a male photographer who has done this type of stuff, I have to say that you should have a talk with your model about this before you even pick the camera up. Some of the best ways to do this are to have a storyboard or to find similar images that are close to the concept that you have in your head. If they aren’t comfortable doing it, then stop right there and move on. If they’re willing, then maybe work with them on concepts or ask them about how they feel they look best. It’s also a great idea to add a necklace if possible to make use of leading lines.

Also, make sure that you work with the hair. We recommend bringing it all onto one side, but it’s very situational and subjective.

And for the gear hounds, take a look at some of our favorite portrait lenses. The video on bare shoulders in portrait photography is after the jump.

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How to Shoot Fashion Photography with the Leica SL2-S

Conformity is boring. I embrace leaning into what makes you tick, especially if that means living outside of that proverbial box. This was a mantra that I believed wholeheartedly to the point that I almost flunked out of art school for refusing to conform. I think that’s why I love fashion photography so much. It’s all about finding your own voice, embracing the unconventional, and reaching for the stars. Combining beautiful clothing with the capabilities of the Leica SL2-S makes breaking the rules all the more fun.

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Not Just 85mm! 4 Great Portrait Lenses for the Canon RF System

If you’re seriously looking at the Canon RF camera system, you’re likely considering it for portraiture. It’s fantastic for it! And we’ve reviewed nearly every Canon RF lens, so we’ve got a lot to say. The system is brilliant for portraiture. Better yet, there are tons of fantastic portrait lenses for Canon RF cameras. Whether you’re using the Canon EOS R or the Canon EOS R5, there’s something for you. So we dove into the Reviews Index to get just what you need.

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Tame the Sun for Better Natural Light Portraits With One Tool

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There isn’t a whole lot you can do about the sun sometimes. Of course, you can look for shadow coverage to make shooting in the sun easier. But that is just a workaround that limits you on where you can be. Instead, you should find a way to shoot wherever you want. The key to doing this for natural light portraits is to find a way to soften the sun that hits your portrait subject. And it’s a whole lot easier than you’d think. 

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These are Awesome! 4 Portrait Lenses No Photographer Can Deny

The art of portrait photography is one that’s got a whole lot to deal with talking to people. There needs to be a connection. And oftentimes, you should talk to someone before you shoot their portrait. But of course, you don’t always have the time to do that. So instead, you should make sure you’ve got the best gear you can. That means getting fantastic portrait lenses. We dove into our reviews index to get just what you’re looking for. And here are four of our favorites.

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7 Easy Photography Genres That Anyone Can Do!

I love the fact that there are so many genres of photography. The diversity is what makes our craft so enjoyable. I’ve dabbled in many genres of photography, but it’s street photography where I feel most at home. I’ve also got friends and peers from various backgrounds in the photographic field. With that said, we will look at which are the easiest genres to practice, all of which anyone can do!

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How to Ask a Stranger for a Portrait. The Psychology of Street Portraits

It starts out with an understanding that we’re all human beings, and it’s not all that difficult.

Fact: You miss 100% of the shots you don’t take. Asking a stranger for a portrait isn’t as difficult as it seems. And like anything, you sometimes just need to prep for it. But a few bad photographers have given the rest of us a horrible reputation. In truth, it’s not hard to ask someone for their portrait. Sometimes they’ll say no, and other times they’ll say yes. But it’s the approach that matters. We’re going to quickly run through that in this article.

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6 Tips to Make Your Subject Relax Quickly for Street Portraits

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Creating street portraits is thrilling. The journey of identifying a potential subject, approaching them, and making their portrait boosts your confidence and theirs. The practical process comes with challenges, especially when posing your subject. But there are ways to get your subject to feel comfortable in an extremely short amount of time. And in this article, I’ll share some tips to help you do that.

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How to Shoot Better Portraits with Your APS-C Camera

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The world loves to hate on APS-C cameras. But I think the hate is often misplaced and wrong. APS-C cameras can do a wonderful job with image quality. More importantly, they’re usually some of the leading options for press photographers. Because you folks were curious about this and put it into our search engine, we’re helping you get better portraits with an APS-C camera. Take a look and our tips, and hopefully you’ll find them helpful.

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Natural Light Portrait Photography Is Easy with These 5 Lenses

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Natural light portrait photography is easy to do but difficult to master. But indeed, some of the most beautiful portraits are shot with diffused window light, skylight, or outdoors. Always remember that a five-in-one reflector is your best friend. However, the love of your life, the one you’ll always want by your side, is a lens that’s perfectly synced with the look you want to create. Finding the right balance of color, bokeh, and sharpness can be pretty tough. Luckily, The Phoblographer has reviewed the most lenses of any publication out there. And we’ve got an essential list and a few pro tips right here for you.

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Shooting Film? All Natural Light Portrait Photographers Need This Tool

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The reflector is one of the most underrated and forgotten about items that any natural light portrait photographer could have. Folks tend to just forget it. Instead, they think that film will do a good enough job and that they can edit it later. But the reality is that you just get really bad-looking scans and edits. With film, you truly need to work at it in-camera. The majority of the work needs to be done when shooting. If anything, just clarity and a bit of sharpening can be done in post-production. 

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20 Terrible Tips for Better Photography You Need in Your Life

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There are lots of great tutorials out there to teach you all about how to take better photos. Some are better than others. But there’s a major lack of photography content out there teaching you awful tips. For example, did you know that you only become a better photographer by trolling in comments? Clearly, you’re thinking about making yourself look better as a photographer absolutely wrong. The real idea is to find a way to make everyone else look bad. That’s the only way that you’ll be successful. And we can learn this from history by looking at the feud between Edison and Tesla.

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Get Them Tones Perfect! The Best Film for Portrait Photography

There’s something wonderful about the way that film renders skin tones.

When you shoot portraits with film, you’re expecting a specific look. This is so yearned for that there are digital presets created to emulate the look. But it’s never quite the same thing. Shooting with film is a lot more involved. But the extra work you do is always worth it. The reward is something worth bragging over. So we dove into our Reviews Index to find some of the best film for portrait photography. Take a look at our favorites!

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