One of the biggest challenges when it comes to shooting portraits is posing the subject. You might have all the lights set and the background lit, but ultimately it all comes down to posing the subject perfectly to get best results. In this video, Miguel Quiles shares an interesting trick on how to pose almost anyone.
He starts the video with a story that you need to check out, about how he shot a stranger years ago using the "character" trick. Yes, he guides the subject to envision him as a character in a famous movie and gives him a situation to react. That's it. The result is amazing. He goes on and demonstrates the same idea in a studio shoot where he shoots the model without any communication and then again using the character play trick. you can see the difference in the output. Communication is the key. Often we get carried away by the technical details and focus so much into that we tend to lose out on the human element part. In the video Miguel Quiles clearly establishes a context, and guides the subject through it rather than implying only text book poses. Hit the video to give yourself a full run of this character play technique. You might very well want to try this out in your next portrait shoot.