How to Build a Repertoire of Photography Poses

As a budding professional photographer it's important to learn as many different photography poses as possible. Mastering these different poses and building up your repertoire can be challenging to say the least.

If you have time to practice, you should be able to improve your repertoire. The more poses that you know, the more successful your photos will be.

Tools and Materials Needed

  • Camera
  • Memory Card
  • Time to Practice
  • Phone

Step 1 - Getting to Know Your Camera

The first thing that you need to do is get to know how to use all of your cameras features. If you have a Digital SLR camera like most professionals do, then you will need to spend an adequate amount of time studying these advanced features.

Step 2 - Getting Advice

If you are an amateur photographer, you should read up on the art of photography. The Internet and photography magazines are an excellent source of information. Reading these resources should show you many different poses which might be useful.

Step 3 - Getting Experience

The best way to learn new poses is through experience. Phone up a local photographer and ask if you can shadow them. You will be surprised at how willing most photographers will be to allow you to apprentice.

The opportunity to follow a photographer around will be invaluable because you will be able to learn useful poses and suggestions. Shadow the photographer and take photos when appropriate.

Step 4 - Learning from Your Mistakes

The only way that you will improve is by learning from your mistakes. Once you have taken a variety of different photos, you should either get them developed or load them onto your computer. Take a look at all the photos and decide what worked and what didn't work. This is the best way to decide on the types of poses which are successful and those which don't work properly.

Not every pose will ever work, even if you're an experienced professional photographer. Take more pictures than you need and edit them once you've finished.

Step 5 - Getting More Experience

Once you've learned from some of your mistakes you should try again to get some more experience. Hopefully by now you will have a better understanding of the techniques required and understand how to take the best photos. You might need to repeat the process several times but don't let this worry you. A good photographer never stops learning and will always find out about new techniques and skills.

Experience is the key in photography.

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