Common Photography Mistakes to Avoid as a Beginner

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Create Better Portraits by Learning How to Pose

One thing that separates experienced photographers from novices is that the pros understand how to pose people for portraits.

Right now, you might simply tell people where to stand and smile for the camera. But that’s likely not getting you many pro-looking results.

Instead, don’t make the mistake of thinking that it’s up to the subject to look good. Instead, you need to develop your portrait posing skills to help each person you photograph look their best.

Posing is much more than just a person’s posture or their stance, too.

Instead, posing is about their smile, where they’re looking (i.e., at you or out of frame, as shown above), what they’re doing with their hands, how their shoulders look, and so forth.

With so many different elements to consider, it’s no wonder that beginner photographers aren’t sure how to pose people for portraits!

Learning how to pose people isn’t as difficult as you might think, though.

In the video above by Marc Klaus, you can learn a few simple but effective posing tricks that you can use with subjects that have no modeling experience whatsoever.

Review the tips he provides, put them into practice, and see how far a little knowledge can take you!

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