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Cheat sheet: Full-length male model poses

Posing male models for natural-looking full-length shots can be challenging. We already have a cheat sheet for posing female models, but male subjects need a different approach.

Here are nine ideas, courtesy of our sister title, PhotoPlus, that'll give you some instant inspiration when posing your model for photoshoots. They will give you some ideas for classic male poses but also ways to inject a little humor or action into your shots to bring out your subject's personality.

All you need is space to set up a temporary studio, a full length photographic background and some lighting. LED panels will be fine for static shots, but for more dynamic 'action' poses you will probably need the movement freezing effect of studio flash.

You might find regular portrait lenses a little too long for full length portraits, especially in a confined space. Try a 50mm or a 35mm equivalent lens instead, but be wary of the perspective distortion of extra high or extra low viewpoints if you are using a wide-angle lens.

Click on the top-right-hand corner of the posing guide below to see this guide to posing in high resolution. You can use it for your own reference, but also show it to your model to give them an idea of what you want them to do and how they will look. Be sure to check back regularly for more great photography cheat sheets

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