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How To Pose Your Friends Like Models

If you're new to photography, grab some willing friends and pose them as models.

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When you're first dabbling in portrait photography, it can be difficult to try and persuade professional models to work with you (even more so if you don't have much cash to spend) but if you have a willing group of friends and the posing know-how, you'll soon have a collection of portraits your nearest and dearest will be happy to share on social media. 

To help you build a selection of go-to poses, photographer and video tutorial creator Sheldon Evans has put a great feature together that looks at dealing with awkward hands, using actions and emotions to direct your subject and how to communicate with your non-professional model.

"One of the things I struggled with most when I started photography was figuring out how to pose the people in front of my lens because when you first start out, it's difficult to find professional models to work with who know how to strike a new pose with every click of the shutter button," says Sheldon. "So, what ends up happening is that you use your friends as models but the only problem with that is they don't actually model so it's up to you to know how to pose them. As a photography beginner, that can be quite difficult but hopefully, you'll learn how to do this with the help of today's video."

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iancrowson 13 215 169 United Kingdom
8 Sep 2019 8:47AM
Not the best instructional video. It would be better if he had kept his hands out of the frame. Moving them around his face was distracting. More shots of models actually posing rather than over 4 minutes of talking might be better too.

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