If you are just starting out in photography and looking to build your portfolio, models may not be jumping at the chance to shoot with you to help you build your portfolio, so you may ask friends to help you out and be your models. Whether you're working with friends or as a portrait photographer shooting non-models every day, getting your subjects to be comfortable in front of a camera and to nail some killer poses isn’t going to happen naturally for most.
Sheldon Evans shares several tips to help you better pose your friends or non-models to nail better portraits. One of Evans’ pieces of advice (which I am also working on for myself) is to communicate and be vocal during the shoot. Usually, I am pretty quiet when shooting, so being vocal and positive during the shoot is one tip that I know can change the flow on set with those that are not as familiar with posing and how it’s coming through in camera.
Also, it’s not a good idea to give negative feedback. Always try to give feedback in a positive manner, as it will be much harder to get someone to produce stellar results after hearing negative feedback.
These tips are helpful and can make it a lot easier to get your subject with little to no model experience into better poses. Which was your favorite tip from this video? What other tips do you use?