Do you photograph people? If you shoot weddings, portraits, fashion, experienced models, inexperienced sitters - the way you pose your subjects will make or break a shot. Understanding what will work in any given situation is as important as understanding your camera. That is exactly what this course gives you.

From the Top

During the day, you can expect to learn how to communicate with and how to position a range of subject types, from head to toe. We begin with the individual and the importance of studying a face to find the most flattering pose, angle and lighting setup for that killer headshot. Attention to body shape and working with garments and props is covered in detail whether the subject is sitting or standing; lighting people in hats and veils; the critical placement of hands and feet; you will learn all the subtleties of successful posing and how to light them to achieve results your clients will love. The course then extends to the art of posing couples, compensating for different heights, shapes and sizes, and how to manage groups large and small to capture the moment. From intimate family portraiture to corporate event commissions, we have it covered.

Shape, Colour and Composition

Whether you are shooting a single subject or a group, the rules of composition apply; in fact, they are fundamental to a winning image. You will learn about body shape and how to use S-curves and triangles in a way which is both appropriate to the situation and aesthetically pleasing. Elements such as negative space, balancing objects, using frames and diagonals are also covered. Good posing takes into account not only the subject, but the background. We teach you to make it work for you.

Soft Skills and Direction

This course focuses on the mechanics of effective posing, but it also gives you helpful information on how to engage and interact with your subjects. Effective directing relies on creating a rapport, especially if your subject is self-conscious or simply does not like to be photographed. Perhaps your sitter is a child and this will throw up a different set of challenges. Whoever you are shooting, the aim here is to provide you with ways to ease the process, helping your subjects feel comfortable in front of the camera.

This course is aimed at photographers who understand their camera's controls but experience of photographing people is not necessary.

A light lunch is included in the price and we will have both male and female sitters for you to photography.

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Venue Phone: 01730 828111

Venue Website:

Gosport Road, Alton, Hampshire, GU34 3NN, UK


Our popular 4 star rated guest accommodation enjoys a wonderful location in the idyllic Hampshire countryside.

The Angel is situated on the Alton to Gosport Road (A32) being approximately 6 miles from Alton and 6 miles from Petersfield and dare we say it approximately 200 miles from the other Alton that is the home of Alton Towers!

We are also within easy reach of the towns of Winchester with its 11th Century Cathedral (and incidentally the longest cathedral in Europe), Basingstoke renowned for its shopping centre and of course we are ideally situated for Portsmouth and Southampton with their regular ferry transport links to Europe.

Locally the attractions include the Jane Austen’s House at Chawton, the Watercress Steam Railway at Alton, the Curtis Museum in Alton, Gilbert White’s House at Selborne and St Lawrence’s Church Alton.

Highclere Castle  that provides the exteriors for the TV show Downton Abbey is less than 45 minutes away

Whilst we do not currently host weddings we are able to accommodate large or small parties of wedding guests who may be attending a ceremony at The Long Barn in Newton Valence, The Tithe Barn in Petersfield or any of the other popular wedding venues nearby.

Our reception is open 24 hours a day, ensuring that you will always find a member of our friendly team ready to provide you with a warm welcome and answer any questions you may have or simply have a chat

  • Full day course inc lunch
    January 26, 2018
    10:00 am - 5:00 pm
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