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Every pho­tog­ra­ph­er can attest that male clients are often more shy than female clients on set. Many rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the stronger sex sim­ply do not like to be pho­tographed, they are shy, they do not know what posi­tion to take, where to look or where to put their hands. All this pre­vents the cre­ation of an expres­sive male por­trait. There are many tricks and ideas for such pho­to shoots — we talk about the basic tricks and tricks for per­fect shots.

Shooting style of a male portrait

It is bet­ter to dis­cuss with the man in advance what kind of pho­tos he wants to receive. If the client has not thought about it or has not decid­ed, offer him a choice of sev­er­al options, for exam­ple:

  • men’s pho­to ses­sion in the stu­dio;
  • shoot­ing in the gym, if a per­son goes in for sports;
  • pho­tographs on the roof of a house or in an aban­doned build­ing;
  • pho­to ses­sion with your favorite car or in the garage.

Props make a huge vari­ety in men’s images for a pho­to shoot. It can be any­thing your heart desires: all kinds of hats, sus­penders and oth­er acces­sories, a gui­tar, strong alco­hol or a cup of cof­fee, a cig­ar, an umbrel­la, a book… When choos­ing, be guid­ed by the man’s hob­bies and pref­er­ences. Chat and try to high­light some­thing that might be of inter­est to him.

Orig­i­nal shots can some­times be obtained with­out shoot­ing the mod­el’s face. Pho­to: hippopx.com

The most expres­sive and bru­tal male por­traits are obtained when the pho­to is cre­at­ed against a “rough” back­ground: brick, graf­fi­ti, con­crete, stone, and so on. The main thing is that no but­ter­flies or flow­ers.

“Trial” shots

A sim­ple tech­nique with which you can get great live shots. In fair­ness, we note that it does not always work, but we still rec­om­mend try­ing it. In fact, this is just a trick: tell the man that the first few frames are test. Because of this, he will feel even more relaxed and at ease. And per­haps a cou­ple of first pho­tos will fall into a series of the most suc­cess­ful shots.

Ask the client to look at a point and then into the lens. At this moment, you need to take a pic­ture: the look will turn out as nat­ur­al as pos­si­ble.

Where to put the hands of a man in photography

This prob­lem may seem a lit­tle fun­ny to you, but in fact, many pho­tog­ra­phers expe­ri­ence it when shoot­ing male por­traits. The eas­i­est way to attach your hands is to put them in your pock­ets. When doing this, pay atten­tion to the fact that the thumbs remain out­side.

You can put one hand in your pock­et, and show an expen­sive watch with the oth­er. Pho­to: pixabay.com

Or you can occu­py your hands with some­thing that you have with you. It can be any­thing: glass­es, phone, cig­a­rette, keys. If some­thing is in the hands, the pos­es will become more var­ied and nat­ur­al.

No blurs or smoothing

Tex­tured sharp­ness is the best solu­tion for a male por­trait. There should be no blur­ring, smooth­ing of the skin or oth­er pro­cess­ing tech­niques that give the image soft­ness and good looks. The small­est details should be clear­ly worked out — from stub­ble and wrin­kles to light gray hair. All this adds bru­tal­i­ty to the image of a man, and the result­ing por­trait cap­ti­vates with hon­esty. Of course, fea­tures such as imper­fec­tions in the skin or a large bel­ly are bet­ter hid­den or slight­ly smoothed out by retouch­ing or sim­ply by chang­ing the angle.

Men’s b/w photo session in the studio

Mono­chrome shots always look more seri­ous and sol­id. Black and white shots with the right approach to a male pho­to shoot in a stu­dio or any oth­er place turn out to be styl­ish and expres­sive. The com­po­si­tion of the frame in black and white pho­tog­ra­phy should be impec­ca­ble. Not a sin­gle extra point is allowed, which can stand out in a mono­chrome pic­ture and ruin every­thing.

Pro­cess­ing in b/w will add bru­tal­i­ty to the man in the por­trait. Pho­to: photoblog.com

cropped shots

Crop­ping is an ele­men­tary but very pow­er­ful tech­nique that will make the image of a man in the pho­to more sig­nif­i­cant and mean­ing­ful. When the mod­el looks into the lens, it’s an excuse to zoom in, cre­at­ing a chest-length or waist-length fram­ing por­trait. In this case, the man will occu­py the main part of the pho­to, which will attract more atten­tion to him­self. Do not try to imme­di­ate­ly cre­ate close-up shots, as you can miss and the frame will be irre­triev­ably lost. It is bet­ter to crop pho­tos in post-pro­cess­ing.

How to photograph men from the front

Men at a pho­to shoot (if they are not pro­fes­sion­al mod­els) usu­al­ly have to relax and tune in to the right wave longer than girls. Start with sev­er­al frontal angles (fac­ing direct­ly towards the cam­era). At the same time, the mod­el will prac­tice freez­ing before releas­ing the shut­ter, and the pho­tog­ra­ph­er will prac­tice focus­ing on the eyes.

Shoot­ing near a win­dow with blinds can make a banal full-face shot expres­sive and orig­i­nal. Pho­to: www.pxhere.com

Also, full-face shots will help you under­stand what facial expres­sion is best for a man who came to you for a pho­to shoot. There is one sim­ple trick: ask the mod­el to think about some­thing good and excit­ing, but not show emo­tions. At the same time, the per­son­’s eyes will sparkle, and the face will remain relaxed.

Poses for a photo of a man with tattoos

If there are tat­toos on the man’s body, be sure to dis­play them in the pic­tures. Believe me, there is not a sin­gle man with tat­toos who would not be proud of them. Invite the mod­el to take a pic­ture of them sep­a­rate­ly or some­how beat them in the pic­tures — you will almost cer­tain­ly get an affir­ma­tive answer. Try dif­fer­ent angles and b/w. It is also now fash­ion­able to take detailed shots. Take pho­tos of indi­vid­ual body parts with tat­toos to lat­er attach these shots to a series of por­trait shots.

Male portrait in the studio — making the “correct” face for the photo

If you are work­ing in a stu­dio, be sure to “play” with the light and find the strong side of the mod­el’s face. There are sev­er­al tricks that will help make a male por­trait more bru­tal and expres­sive:

  • If a man has a short neck, ask him to lift his chin to visu­al­ly length­en it.
  • A neu­tral facial expres­sion will help make the por­trait more mys­te­ri­ous.
  • Tilts of the head to the side are not the best tech­nique for male pho­tog­ra­phy.
  • Don’t force com­plex emo­tions on the mod­el’s face. The best pho­tos are always tak­en ran­dom­ly and nat­u­ral­ly.
If the mod­el turns away from the cam­era and thinks about some­thing else, the por­trait will come out very nat­ur­al. Pho­to: www.pxhere.com

If the face looks tense and the man can’t seem to relax it, try one trick. Ask the mod­el to tilt her head, and on com­mand, quick­ly raise it. Take a cou­ple of shots at this point. The trick is that the mim­ic mus­cles of the face do not have time to tight­en when the head is lift­ed, so it looks as nat­ur­al as pos­si­ble.

Male images and poses for a photo shoot

Pos­ing is gen­er­al­ly a sep­a­rate top­ic, but we will tell you in gen­er­al terms how to pho­to­graph men cor­rect­ly and what pos­es are most advan­ta­geous. There are basic tricks that help the mod­el look more mas­cu­line and bru­tal.

  • If it is nec­es­sary to empha­size devel­oped mus­cles and broad shoul­ders, you need to turn them towards the lens, and turn your hips a lit­tle. This curve of the tor­so will high­light the thin waist and wide tor­so, cre­at­ing a V‑shaped sil­hou­ette.
  • You can cross your arms and pull your shoul­ders back — this is a basic pose suit­able for a pho­to of every man.
  • Invite the mod­el to throw a jack­et or jack­et over her shoul­der, and hook the fin­ger of the oth­er hand into her pock­et.
  • Check that the man fol­lows his pos­ture. Sit­ting or stand­ing, it does­n’t mat­ter. The back should be straight, even if in life he usu­al­ly stoops.
  • Anoth­er clas­sic pose — a man sits on a chair or arm­chair, throw­ing one leg over the oth­er and slight­ly mov­ing the body for­ward.
  • You can lean your mod­el back or side­ways against a tree, wall, or oth­er ver­ti­cal sur­face.

All these pos­es are good to use as ini­tial ideas for a male pho­to shoot, mak­ing adjust­ments to suit the cir­cum­stances and shoot­ing sce­nario.


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