Class Review: How to Set Up 10 Essential Poses on Creative Live

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Since I have been working on improving my photo-taking skills, I find that sometimes my biggest hang-up for getting quality photos is that I look like a doofus in so many of the photos I take of myself. I still get seriously awkward in front of my camera lens sometimes (and waaaay more so when my husband tries to take photos for me, although I seem to be okay when my mom takes the photos – I have no idea why.) To help overcome this, I watched the CreativeLive class How to Set Up 10 Essential Poses by Lindsay Adler.

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The class walks through 10 basic poses (standing, sitting, laying, couples, etc.) with live models, talks about how to arrange the pose to best effect, and then how to make each pose look like it’s a variety of poses by changing small things such as arm or leg placement. It is designed for photographers working with models, but it gave me a lot of great ideas for how I can treat myself like a model and not end up with photos that feel contrived or awkward because I don’t know what to do with my body. It’s a miniature version of a much longer class with the same teacher, and I think that with the 1.5 hrs of material, it’s a good length for us amateur photographers/models – there’s a lot of helpful content without getting lost in a sea of information that isn’t relevant because I’m not a professional fashion photographer.

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What I found most helpful about the class was that Lindsay talked about ways to position the body in relation to the camera for best effect. She demonstrated them on herself, her live model, and in slides. It was amazing to me the difference it made to angle the body in slightly different directions and helped me start to understand why I can have stacks of photos of myself taken at the same time in the same outfit and think I’m beautiful in some of them and not-looking-my-best in others.

As I said, I thought this class had some really helpful information in it and I recommend it to anyone else that is trying to up their photography game, even if they are their own model!

Disclosure: CreativeLive gave me this class for free to thank me for the review I wrote about a previous class. I was not required to review this class and did so only because I like the material and wanted to share it. All opinions are my own.

Comments 6

  1. Thank you for this helpful review. Modeling is hard work. I was lucky enough to take live drawing in college, as well as a bit of photography, so i had some knowledge to work with. Even being introduced to some basic concepts on how the camera views the world helps tremendously. It is not an ‘objective observer’.

    I love Myrna Giesbrecht, she has written about her desire to take some modeling classes in order to take better photos of her clothes, but as she is in the wilds of Canada (kind of) there’s no classes around. I sent her a link to your review, for someone in her situation this type of class could be just the thing!

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      Thanks for sharing this post with your friend – it does sound as a class like this could be great for someone in her circumstances.
      I hadn’t thought about how live drawing could translate to modeling, but that’s a great point. I took a bit of figure drawing a long time ago, but always spent my whole time drawing face portraits instead :)

  2. good points, i photograph my makes on a mannequin and keep meaning to try and photograph them on myself but the results are so so odd. i remember a theatre friend years ago saying that if people relax (like perhaps when your mom photographs you) that the photo looks fine, but when people become photo aware they tend to seize (another press photographer mentioned years ago to show some tooth in a smile or part lips at least – as when people give a closed smile it just looks wrong). i may try some selfies yet!

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      That is great advice, and so very true. I think that’s why the photos my husband takes turn out worse than my selfies – I don’t relax in front the camera for him. I did know about making sure to let your lips part – that’s not usually my problem as my mouth is often wide open!

  3. Knowledge is always good, but don’t forget we love your blog because you reach across cyberspace as a real woman with loads of personality, not another boring model:)

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      Aw, thanks. But I don’t think I’m at risk of turning into a model any time soon! At the best I’ll have to sift through fewer wonky photo to get a few that will look good on my blog :)

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