Need some help with photography poses for 5 people? Here are examples of poses of 5 people you can use.
There are several standard pose arrangements that you can try to use, but each situation is different depending on the people that are in your photograph.
In this first portrait, I used the classic "W" pose. If you draw a line from 1 to 2, from 2 to 3, 3 to 4, and 4 to 5. You will see the letter "W". I had the 2 taller men sitting on chairs in front and three shorter women standing behind them.
I kept with the posing technique of having the tallest person in the composition placed at or near the middle of the portrait.
You could call the family pose below a slanted "M" pose, but think of it as a modified oval pose. Connect the heads in this order: 1-3-5-4-2 and back to 1. The pose below is really the classic "M" pose on a slant. Draw a line from 1 to 2, from 2 to 3, 3 to 4, and 4 to 5, You will get the letter "M" from the connected lines.
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In this portrait below I placed Grandmom in the middle between the parents and placed the elementary school-aged children standing behind.
Usually I prefer to place the smaller people (the children) closer to the camera than the larger people (the parents), but in this situation I did the opposite. This gave me the right heights for another "M" pose.
The next example of a photography poses for 5 people I used the "X" pose. Draw a line from 1 to 4 and a line from 2 to 5 and you get the letter "x".
I used a folding posing stool and two small upside down barrels to get the desired height for each of my subjects.
Subjects 2 and 4 were standing. Subject 3 was sitting on a stool and subjects 1 and 5 were sitting on the small upside down barrels
I cropped in tight enough to accomplish the often-requested task of not including the women's bottoms in the pose.
Photography Poses for 4 People. How to do photography poses for groups of 4 people.
Photography Poses for 6 People. It is a little more complicated with more people in your photo. Here are posing tips for group shots with 6 people.
These photography poses involve using the letters M, W and X as guidelines to improve your portrait posing. You can sometimes modify them or extend them to smaller and larger group poses. Be sure to read all the digital photo tips on family portrait posing throughout this web site.
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Another source to use for interesting portraits is a book. Copy pose ideas from a good book written specifically about posing for group photos.
This book has hundreds of samples for groups of three or more people.
"Hundreds of samples provide inspiration and are easily replicated, allowing photographers to customize the source material to meet any type of need."