New Models Learn How To Pose by following directions from photographer

By Shawn Petrovich of Totally Ripped of Los Angeles, which specializes in photography and video of fitness models.

New models don't need to take modeling classes to learn how to pose for photos. Just hit the gym. A good photographer will do the rest by showing you how to pose during the photo shoot.

The best way to obtain training on how to pose is by being a model for a few photo shoots. New models learn posing from trial and error. They try a pose, then later see what the pose looks like in the resulting photo. After a photo shoot or two, models quickly learn which poses generally work best.

So, instead of spending hundreds of dollars on a modeling school or modeling classes, it is smarter to spend your money on travel cost to get to a big city to be able to pose for a top-notch photographer. They shoot models for free, so you just need to get to their by paying for your airfare and hotel.

Posing Continually

Most college guys who visit have never modeled professionally. When most think of posing, they think of the movie Zoolander, where a model moves fast as a photographer rapidly takes pictures. While the male model moves, the photographer captures many photos at a rapid-fire pace.

Posing One Pose at a Time

New models need to take a slow approach to posing to find their own "Blue Steel" or "Le Tigre." Most new models follow a photographer's instructions on how to pose. The model holds still for each shot and then slightly changes his position for the next shot.

Subtle Changes Produce Great Effects

A model should avoid drastic changes when moving. Sometimes a subtle change between two very similar photos makes a photo excellent above the other. Slight changes in the position of male model's head or body can make an average photo into an incredible photo. Changes in head position of only one-quarter inch, not an inch, can sometimes make male models look younger or years older.

Major Muscle Groups

This gradual posing technique is best for photos that show your body because flexing can be difficult. A model must flex each muscle group separately. He flexes his abs, then moves on to flexing his quads, biceps and then extends his lats. After all this flexing, he still needs to give a good facial expression. The photo is rejected if the model forgets to flex a muscle group. When flexing, the male model does not move away from where he is standing. He moves his body while generally staying in the same spot.

Holding Poses for Long Periods

Some photographers pose their models intricately among props and surroundings. They position every prop as well as the model perfectly. The photos are treated as one would create a painting. If a model moves, the photo is ruined. This may involve holding still for 30-90 seconds, much like a statue. Sometimes a model holds still longer and experiences muscle cramps. You can read about how male model had to endure cramping from holding still for four hours!