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    The Post Posing Guide: 21 Sample Positions to Start Photographing Men first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by guest contributor.

    Posing Guide for taking great pictures of men

    Earlier we created posing guides with suggested sample positions to help you start posing women (see also part 2 for posing women), posing children, posing couples, posing groups and weddings, so today let’s take a look at some starting positions for photographing men.

    Men are usually less comfortable with shooting, so it’s important to get them comfortable with posing to get good results.

    It is always a good idea to prepare for the photo shoot.

    Another advice: involve your subject in the process!

    He will have more confidence in knowing the plan, what to “do” and what kind of results are expected. Showing this type of cheat sheet to your model is indeed a very good way to prepare your subject for a photo shoot while making him feel more relaxed and confident at the same time.

    So let’s take a look at some sample positions for men

    1. Very simple pose for a male portrait: an upper body shot with crossed arms.

    Two things to watch out for: Shoulders should be pulled back a little, abdominal muscles under control.

    Posing Guide for taking great pictures of men

    2. Crossed arms also work very well when shooting at full height. In addition, ask him to cross one leg in front of the other. But make sure that the body weight is not evenly supported on both legs; otherwise it would just look uncomfortable!

    Posing Guide for taking great pictures of men

    3. A recurring question from your subject may be “Where should I put my hands?” The solution is actually quite simple. There are four places to keep in mind (mixed in any combination, with both hands).

    # 1. Loosely on the side.

    # 2. On the hips.

    In the pockets.

    # 4. Both hands crossed on the chest.

    In addition, the hands should always be relaxed, which means there is no muscle pressure, except when photographing a bodybuilder.

    Posing Guide for taking great pictures of men

    4. A casual posture for a man standing upright. Men indeed have a problem with placing their hands; Keeping them in whole or in part in the side pockets ensures that you get a natural and relaxed posture.

    Posing Guide for taking great pictures of men

    5. Only a small variation on the previous pose. An item of clothing over the shoulder, just an inch in the pocket and crossed legs work very well.

    Posing Guide for taking great pictures of men

    6. In a sitting position, the ankle from one leg to the knee of the other looks relaxed and natural. Shoot something from above.

    Posing Guide for taking great pictures of men

    7. Leaning against a wall is just another variation for upright posing.

    Posing Guide for taking great pictures of men

    8. The sideways way to lean against the same wall. Works great for both single and formal shots.

    Posing Guide for taking great pictures of men

    9. A very simple pose for a formal portrait. Hand-held items (such as a laptop, books, or even tools) can serve as indicators of the subject’s activity.

    Posing Guide for taking great pictures of men

    10. Contrary to popular belief, it is absolutely fine to take pictures of a man sitting partially on a desk. For formal portraits, such a pose can counteract rigidity.

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    11. A very simple pose for a portrait: a man sitting at a desk. Place work-related items on the desk to reveal the subject’s appeal.

    Posing Guide for taking great pictures of men

    12. A small variation on the previous pose. Great for formal portraits.

    Posing Guide for taking great pictures of men

    13. To display the working environment while removing the distance created by a foreground object such as a desk, take a photo from the back. The result is formal yet inviting at the same time.

    Posing Guide for taking great pictures of men

    14. A man who supports himself on a desk with crossed arms. Again, you can place work-related items on the desk to point to the subject’s occupation.

    Posing Guide for taking great pictures of men

    15. Using a chair as a support can make a portrait more attractive and interesting. Very suitable for introducing creative people into their working environment.

    Posing Guide for taking great pictures of men

    16. Sitting comfortably in a chair usually works for business and formal portraits.

    Posing Guide for taking great pictures of men

    17. An easy and natural pose with a man on the floor. Try different shooting directions and angles.

    Posing Guide for taking great pictures of men

    18. Another variation of the posture of a man sitting on the floor. Suitable for outdoor locations.

    Posing Guide for taking great pictures of men

    19. An easy and relaxed-looking pose for a seated man.

    Posing Guide for taking great pictures of men

    20. Informal pose. The man sits on the floor and puts his back against the wall or other object.

    Posing Guide for taking great pictures of men

    21. Finally, let your subject be the protagonist of your photo. Never be afraid to cut tightly around the model’s face.

    Posing Guide for taking great pictures of men

    That should provide a starting point. Remember again that there are no absolute values; each preview posture can and should be adjusted depending on your recording environment and scenario. You don’t have to exaggerate.

    In reality, simplicity is all you need for good human portraits:

    Simple backgrounds, simple clothes, simple poses and natural expressions.

    Check out our other posing guides:

    • Posing Guide: Sample Poses for Photographing Women (Part 1)
    • Posing Guide: Sample Poses for Photographing Women (Part 2)
    • Posing Guide: Sample Poses for Photographing Children
    • Posing Guide: Sample Poses for photographing couples
    • Posing Guide: Sample Poses for photographing groups of people
    • Posing Guide: Sample Poses for Photographing Weddings

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    Kaspars Grinvalds is a photographer who works and lives in Riga, Latvia. He is the author of Posing App where more poses and tips on people photography are available.

    The Post Posing Guide: 21 Sample Positions to Start Photographing Men first appeared at Digital Photography School. It is written by guest contributor.

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