Photography - Individual & Family Posing - Live Sessions

Dramatically improve your portraits with these easy relaxed posing techniques. Flatter your subjects & they'll love you!
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  • Lectures 23
  • Length 3 hours
  • Skill Level All Levels
  • Languages English
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About This Course

Published 10/2015 English

Course Description

** Voted by students as one of Udemy's outstanding instructors of 2014 **

Follow me on live photo sessions with individuals, couples, 'fuller figure' subjects, young and older siblings and large and extended families and watch how I pose them to overcome their natural tendencies to sit or stand like statues and to get some great portraits.

  • Real life indoor and outdoor photo sessions
  • Warts and all posing i.e. some of them don't quite work, and I say why!
  • Mostly non-model real live people, like you and me,
  • Create beautiful family photos by getting your lovely subjects into more natural, relaxed and flattering positions..
  • Practice the easy steps in this course and it will pay huge dividends in your portraits
  • PDF crib sheets are available for most of lectures, keep them with you


Models aside, the majority of us are not aware of our natural and unconscious body positions and so we don't usually present ourselves as well as we might. For example, most of us tend not to be concerned with where or how we place our hands and arms, tilt our heads, or position our feet. This course shows how I handle that problem, and how I position and pose people to get great results.

Posing is a powerful skill that will transform your portraits, not only can you copy the ones demonstrated in the videos, but understanding the general basic dynamics of a good pose, will help you to create your own.

Each video has a short introduction and summary of the photo session that just took place, it's then followed by the live photo session.

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Modesty almost forbids me publishing some comments about my teaching style, taken from reviews of my other two courses, but I overcame that, so here they are:-

Bernie is really easy to listen to, and his videos were really entertaining and kept you listening. (I also like his accent!)

Many online courses suffer from over prepared, monotonic boring voice overs but Bernie's style is a bit like having your mate round to show you how to do something. This even goes to leaving some bloopers in which makes it human and fun.

Bernie is a hoot! He knows his material, presents it well, and is witty to boot. It's a great combination in a teacher.

I love Bernie's approach. Such a great instructor,

Bernie is an excellent teacher and his enthusiasm for photography is contagious.

Bernie is a fantastic tutor,

Love it, love it, love it!!

What are the requirements?

  • Because this is a non-technical course, any type of camera will suffice, DSLR, Mirrorless, Compact or even a Smartphone will be fine

What am I going to get from this course?

  • Improve your portraits using these great live photo session posing tips
  • Easily create your own poses, once you understand the basic principles
  • Confidently pose individuals, couples and families, real people, not models
  • Learn to pose individuals, male and female
  • Learn to pose couples and young and older siblings
  • Learn to pose mum, dad and children
  • Learn to pose 'fuller figure' subjects
  • Learn to pose large family groups

What is the target audience?

  • Even if you prefer landscapes, wildlife or sports photography, at one time in your photographic 'career', you're likely to be taking some portraits. So this course is for every photographer, no previous knowledge required.

What you get with this course?

Not for you? No problem.
30 day money back guarantee.

Forever yours.
Lifetime access.

Learn on the go.
Desktop, iOS and Android.

Get rewarded.
Certificate of completion.

Curriculum

Section 1: Introduction to the course
02:22

Introducing 'yours truly' and a general overview and what to expect in this course

Section 2: Family posing
09:46

Tips on posing mum, dad and two lovely younger children, they were great fun.

This video shows some seated poses on the ground and some natural ones running around, plus a tip on clothing. very importantly, you'll get to see how I chat and relate to my lovely customers. and I how I try to make it a fun experience for them.

07:46

More tips on posing mum, dad and two lovely younger children.

This video shows some them running again, plus some seated poses on the ground and on a park bench.

Se Part I for the PDF posing crib sheet for these poses.

11:12

This can be tough, what to do when confronted with a large number of people, all expecting you to come up trumps with an award winning photo, where they all want to look devilishly attractive and handsome!!

This video shows my approach, and how I organise the group,

See the lecture on the extended family gallery for the relevant PDF crib sheet

05:58

Part II of posing a larger family, due to the time taken to get the poses organised, there's only a small number of poses here. The final pose is interesting in that I wasn't happy with the pose, so I show how I could have put it right.

If you want to see a whole lot more, watch the next video which shows far more poses.

See the next lecture for the relevant PDF crib sheet.

07:59

Family photos look a whole lot better when people feel comfortable and relaxed and when you avoid cheesy family poses and gimmicks, this film shows you several specific family poses and small group poses that you can use to improve your group photos.

Part 1 of group posing deals with standing poses, these are arguably a little more difficult than seated posing and can look a little too stiff or formal if you're not careful.

Also, there are definite ways of flattering people so they look their best, and this film provides some ideas.

Standing poses PDF cribsheet attached

11:32

<h2>Tips for seated family poses and group posing</h2>

Family photos look a whole lot better when people feel comfortable and relaxed and when you avoid cheesy family poses and gimmicks, this film shows you several specific family poses and small group poses that you can use to improve your group photos.

Part 2 of group posing deals with seated family poses, these are quick fire posing tips that you can go out and practise yourself, they can make a real difference to family and group photos and give them a far more professional look.

Also, there are definite ways of flattering people so they look their best, and this film provides some ideas.

06:03

No live session in this video, instead I talk through a gallery of poses for some of the larger or extended families I've photographed through the years.

Some great poses here, even if I do say so myself, and some really useful tips.

Posing crib sheet attached.


Section 3: Individual Posing
10:59

Part I of II

This video demonstrates some posing for men, it's a live photo session with Elliot, you'll see him standing in the garden, posing with a jacket, and leaning against a fence

He's a cool looking guy, but as you'll discover, he's no model, and so is not used to being asked to pose. But that's fine, because that's the case in the majority of portraits.

The posing crib sheet for men is attached to this lecture.

09:24

This is Part II of II

This video demonstrates some posing for men, it's a live photo session with Elliot, you'll see him posing seated on a sofa, on a chair and seated and standing by wall.

He's a cool looking guy, but as you'll discover, he's no model, and so is not used to being asked to pose. But that's fine, because that's the case in the majority of portraits.

The posing crib sheet for men is attached to this part I.

Female posing Part I - Inside on sofa and chair, and in the garden on a bench
09:04
Female posing Part II - By a local lake, sitting, standing and leaning
08:07
01:56

After we finished shooting the main videos with Katie, I decided to take some more photos with some dramatic lighting. So I setup a couple of speedlights and and took a few more photos, here's the results

07:35

This lecture demonstrates about a dozen natural looking poses for women. They're really easy to do and can make all the difference when you're taking a portrait of your mum, yours sister, girlfriend or wife, or even just a friend!!

Posing PDF crip sheet PDF attached

05:32

This video demonstrates some tips and tricks for individual head and shoulders posing, it's not meant to be an exhaustive display of poses, more like a step by step guide to getting started. Many of the actual poses shown in the other individual lecture would be suitable for head and shoulders photos, so they are not repeated here.

The head tilt is discussed in more details along with shoulder and body postioning.

After watching this video and a little practice, you should be more confident in taking close up portraits of individuals

The PDF crib sheet shows some examples.

06:42

Profile images for Facebook , LinkedIn, forums and other social networking sites tend to be quite small don't they? So it's usually a good idea to get in real close to your subject for these type of photos.

However, when you're close-in to your subject, the jawline becomes very important, so this video demonstrates how you can accentuate your subject's jawline to get a much stronger headshot.


Section 4: Posing Couples
07:52

This video shows my approach to taking couples standing up. In fact this was the first video I shot for the course, so I tend to go into more detail about the structure of poses, and try to analyse them a bit more.

This turned into quite a long session, so is split into 4 parts

The PDF crib sheet is attached to this lecture


Posing couples standing up - Part II
07:01
Posing couples standing up - Part III
05:52
Posing couples standing up - Part IV
04:54
14:23

Let's face, we all come in different shapes and sizes, and everyone wants to look great in their photos.

This video demonstrates a few tips for flattering people who are let's say a little more 'fully figured' than most.

I was quite pleased with the results from some of these images and I like to think I the couple were happy with their images.

PDF Crib sheet attached

Section 5: Posing Siblings
08:37

Although many couple poses would work for brothers and sisters, there are some poses which are not appropriate (especially for teenagers who don't want to get closer than a couple of feet to their brother or sister!!)

So here's a few fun poses for younger siblings, these are the brothers you met in one of the family videos.

I think it's fair to say that these poses would work equally well for younger sisters too.

06:24

Here's a video we shot whilst on a family holiday in Cornwall. It shows a few tips for posing older siblings, and again these poses would work equally well for sisters or brother and sister..

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Instructor Biography

Bernie Raffe AMPA, Award winning portrait & (ex) wedding photographer

** Voted by students as one of Udemy's outstanding instructors of 2014 **

Bernie is a professional photographer based in the UK, and has been passionate about photography ever since his parents bought him his first camera when he was just 11 years old (a Kodak Brownie 127)!

He's qualified as a photographer to 'Associate' level with both the MPA (Master Photographers Association), and the SWPP (Society of Wedding and Portrait Photographers) in the UK.

Bernie loves sharing his passion for photography, and students really enjoy his fun teaching style which has earned him over 100 five star reviews. These entertaining and informative films will demonstrate, without blinding you with science, how you can be a better photographer, taking more creative and dramatic photos that will wow your friends and family.

He is in demand as a speaker to other professionals and to beginner and keen amateurs at camera clubs... he's also an occasional guest speaker on cruise ships.

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