How to Fix Posing Mistakes in Seated Portraits

Posing can be quite difficult for a lot of photographers to master, especially because it is a bit more nebulous than other more objective concepts like the correct exposure settings. This excellent video tutorial demonstrates a range of common posing mistakes in seated portraits and what you can do to fix them. 

Coming to you from our good friend, Pye Jirsa, with SLR Lounge, this great video tutorial goes through a range of common posing mistakes in seated portraits and what you can do to fix them and improve your images. Posing often takes a long time to master, but with practice (and by keeping some go-to poses in your back pocket), it is definitely something in which you can gain the necessary confidence. As Jirsa demonstrates, you have to pay attention to a wide variety of aspects ranging from the feet to the eyes, and it is important not to overlook any of these, as any stray detail can be distracting and detract from the overall image. Furthermore, when people sit, they frequently begin to relax and slouch after a while, so it is important to stay vigilant while shooting. Check out the video above for the full rundown from Jirsa. 

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Lee Christiansen's picture

Very useful - even to us hardened portrait 'togs...

I wish all my clients were as easy to photograph as this young lady. Half of my subjects don't know up from down, or which is their left arm, or have any relationship between any of their body parts... :)

Dago Pineda's picture

Very helpful; thanks for sharing with us.