Being in front of the camera – proper poses and proactive behavior

The brief guide to a more successful photoshoot!

Being in front of the camera – proper poses and proactive behavior

The brief guide to a more successful photoshoot!

Doing a photo shoot can be either a stressful or a pleasant experience. Most of us are familiar with that awkward feeling that appears when we're in front of a camera. You look straight into the lens and think “And now what? What should I perform next?”.

Feeling uncomfortable during a photoshoot is absolutely normal. If you're not a professional model and you don't do this so often, you can't expect yourself to act without any anxiety. How well you're prepared and how often you practice being shot are key moments for your level of comfort. These people don't demonstrate extraordinary talent. They just already had been familiarized with all the rules in this field.

For that reason, over here is a brief guide with poses and tips for behavior to make your sessions more effective and enjoyable.

How to feel comfortable in front of a camera?

Advice #1: Adequately prepare your mind

Managing your behavior in front of the camera can be an unachievable task if you're feeling nervous. That's why you have to attempt everything possible to stay relaxed and a little bit more confident. In the first place, you have to convince yourself there's no significant reason to be intense. You should absolutely believe that. Prepare your mind carefully and hold it calm.

Advice #2: Listen to your photographer

Following instructions facilitate the process because it engages your mind and you're free of worry.

A real professional can anticipate your discomfort. Presumably, he knows you don't understand what to do and if something doesn't match the whole picture or doesn't suit you, he will tell you. That's why usually photographers navigate you.

Advice #3: Practice

To prepare yourself for a session can save you all the imperfect images where you haven't posed your face right. You can practice your facial expression in front of a mirror and look for your pleasant sides. After a while, you're going to recreate them faster and better. That's a critical step for control of your physiognomy.

Advice #4: Prepare all the details

Feeling comfortable includes proper preparation for the photoshoot. That means you have to prepare every unique detail of your outfit, makeup, and location specifics. That additionally includes posing ideas that you should practice.

Otherwise, you willingly risk irritating yourself when something doesn't go according to your specific plan. In that case, all these behavior rules are going to be desperately hard to carry out.

Pose techniques

You can learn how to pose.

The idea for the pose is not something that should be bothering you. When you possess the desire to appear in front of the lens and to feel confident like you know what you're achieving, what you require are just a few helpful tricks and rules to follow.

Tip #1: Hands, legs, and arms positions

Occupy a natural position of the hands. They can expose your mental state. If you're nervous, the hands are going to reveal it. They shouldn’t seem too stretched or tight because that's far from the aesthetic and candid look you’re aiming for. Avoid intersecting them, making fists, or hiding your face with them.

You can experiment with various positions and create unusual angles with your hands. If you're in a basic situation where your hands are normally placed down, try to slightly open and fixate them. If you position your palms on your waist or hips, break your wrist and don't stretch your elbows, try to let them down. Leave a visible space by the waist.

As regards the legs and the arms, constantly look to angle them. And never to place them straight to the camera. Otherwise, you're going to look flat.

Therefore, remember every part of your body contributes to the proper look of the picture. The concrete pose is not critically important compared to all these minor details that in fact make the photo great. Put differently, even if you do a really interesting position, but it doesn't suit you, you're not going to look good.

Tip #2: Movement

Sometimes standard poses can become a little boring and unoriginal. If you want to incarnate more spirit and liveliness in your pictures, you can bet on the move.

So, move, but slowly. Don't flit on pose to pose. Try making a connection between the positions with the help of the movement. This practice is way more beneficial. With a really minor change of the hands, eyes, expression, and posture, you receive a completely new appearance. You create a dynamic image.

Types of basic poses

Always keeping some fundamental poses near at hand brings all the assets for the photoshoot. This way the session is more effective, the photograph works easier and you're far more relaxed and confident with a prepared repertoire.

Type #1: Standing poses

As simple as that pose is, as vast flexibility it proposes. It's appropriate for all types of locations – studios, outdoor and indoor. Just standing in front of the camera is not as limiting as you think. You can experiment with the other parts of your body, and with that composing interesting figures and angles.

Type #2: Sitting poses

These types of poses allow you to reveal a little more of your character. It merely opens more options for underlining your manners. Typically, this conveys better emotions and attitudes.

Essentially, you can sit on a chair, bed, table (or whatever you have around you) or on the floor, experimenting with poses, making angles, or leaning in various directions.

Type #3: Leaning back, leaning forward

Leaning back or forward attaches to your vision gentleness and playfulness. You can use that if you want to capture diverse levels of sensibility. If you need more options in this type of pose, just combine it with the other techniques.

Type #4: Accent on the hands

Making an accent on the hands is also a common element, especially in female portraits. What you can perform is rest your head in your palms, touching your hair, or hiding your hands in it.

Type #5: Looking over your shoulder

This is a classical one. At this place, you must be cautious with your eyes and the angle of your shoulder. Don't show too much the whites of the eyes but try the look to follow the nose. Simultaneously, don't slump, roll your shoulders back and establish the line of your arms.

Last words…

Creating captivating photos demands much practice and learning. To have the fundamentals of the posing and the behavior is a more essential moment, demands more effort but after that, you're going to feel more casual and familiar with the photoshoots. With time this process is going to become enjoyable and delightful for you.

At this present climate, you have a simple list of poses and techniques which indicate only the beginning. Once you get it, you can continue with more and more original, extraordinary projects. We advise you to check some ideas on Pinterest to boost your imagination and inspiration.

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