Ep 350: Awkward and cliche portrait poses to avoid and how to improve them

When you’re posing people, it can be easy to fall into the trap of letting them fall into awkward or cliched poses without even noticing. That could make or break a shot. So what kind of poses should you look out for? How can you avoid them? And if you find your subject doing one, what can you do to turn a “meh” pose into a winner? Find out about this and much more in this week’s episode.

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Constructive Critique requested by Paris Constantinou

Paris posted:
Here we go with my first one ☺️ (f1.8 / ISO100 / 1/1250)

Weaknesses I see are which I would want to improve (please advise if you can help):

  1. Purple fringing – visible on white color on the color palette, ghosting appears on the painter’s hand, if you zoom a bit in you can see like orange ghosting
  2. Main subject is the painter but still, the photo makes him like he lacks attention (I don’t know why – is it the lighting?)

Discover Gina’s advice in the podcast episode.

PHOTO 350 Awkward and cliche poses to avoid and how to improve them

There are so many factors that make an image memorable:

  • The decisive moment
  • Composition
  • Lighting
  • Subject matter
  • Technical competence

In this episode, I’ll walk you through some awkward /cliche poses to avoid and give you some go-to posing techniques that will help your portrait subjects look confident and authentic.

Topics covered

  • Work that lacks creativity 
  • Complicated “fashion” poses 
  • Awkward Hands
  • Photo face
  • Group shots


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