Step Into Wedding Photography part 2 : Poses for the groom and groomsmen

A little while back Chris Lin wrote his first guest post on adidap : Step into wedding photography with these 20 poses that focused on posing a couple during the wedding day.

Due to the huge success of this post, we have contacted Chris again and he agreed on writing another tutorial on wedding photography.

If, like me, you find posing the groom a challenge then I bet you are about to enjoy this article. The list may not be comprehensive; but it should give you a good base from which you can incorporate your own style and vision.

A big thanks to Chris who is also the editor of SLR Lounge, creator of Photoshop Actions and Lightroom Tutorials. All images are copyright Lin and Jirsa, Wedding Photographers in Los Angeles.

The classic casual look

The classic, must-have portrait of the groom has his body angled, hand(s) in pocket and a casual, natural smile. Make small adjustments in the angle of his body and face to find the most flattering look.

Looking off balcony

If the hotel room has a balcony, this is a great scene for posing the groom in a contemplative pose. With his hands on the railing and his body facing out, have your groom look off into the distance and contemplate his last few hours of freedom.

Looking out of window from the back

Windows make great frames for your compositions. A classic pose is for the groom to gaze out the window in anticipation for the big moment. The feel and story of this pose is very similar to the balcony pose above.

Groom sitting and looking up

Along the same lines as the pose above, make sure you utilize the nice, soft, dramatic window lighting and do a few more poses. Have the groom sit in a chair with his hands on his knees. He can look at the camera for a few shots and out the window for a few (see pose below).

Sitting while looking out window

As mentioned above, use this great lighting scene for a variety of looks and angles on the groom, including this one of him looking out the window.

Close up of tie

As the groom is getting ready, make sure you also focus in on the details. One of these poses is the adjustement of his tie.

Adjusting the cuff links

Similar to the pose of the groom adjusting his tie, you can also snap unique angles of other aspects of his attire. Another one of these would be his cufflinks (pictured below) or his shoes (not pictured).

Looking into mirror

Whether you’re catching the groom before he’s starting the getting ready process (as pictured below) or catching the final check before he heads out the door, using the reflection off of the mirror is a great angle for the moment. You can either catch it naturally or ask the groom to re-enact it (with a smile of course).

Classic Line Up

Moving on the groomsmen (group) shots, a must-have is the classic line up. Angle them all inwards, focus on expressions, and snap away.

Groomsmen jumping

Definitely not a must-have, but a good way to get some fun shots is to have them jump. To add interest and move away from the cliche, use unique lighting.

Human Swing

The idea behind certain groomsmen shots is often to get them out of their comfort zone so that fun expressions come out. Pick him up and swing him around and see what happens.

Bowling pins

Another classic pose is the bowling pin formation. Make sure you have all the guys lined up in near-perfect symmetry with identical poses.

Groomsmen against wall with leg up

For a casual shot, put the groomsmen up against a wall, have them kick a leg up and either look off or into the camera.

Random stagger

In boy-band-esque fashion, stagger your groomsmen haphazardly. The only rules here are to make sure that the groom is the center (and thus the focus) and to make sure nobody is covered by another groomsman.

The Secret service

A random pose we came up with is the secret service pose. This is where the groomsmen act like they’re blocking the camera, with a small space for the groom’s face.

Carrying the groom

Of course, picking up the groom can always lead to some fun.

Hugging in

There’s nothing like a super tight, uncomfortable hug to bring out big smiles, laughs and candid expressions.

We hope this list of groom and groomsmen poses helps with your wedding photography. Of course, we always welcome your comments below.

Verne Varona on creating “in camera” artistic “aqua-impressionism” photos

2 weeks ago we featured Verne Varona as our photographer of the week, many of the readers on adidap facebook page and twitter account asked if those pictures were really taken in camera without Photoshop.

After getting back in touch with Verne again, he confirmed that indeed all photos are done in camera – and he kindly agreed on sharing with you how he managed to take those photos.
I leave you to enjoy a great tutorial by Verne and don’t hesitate to share your results in case you experimented with this technique.
For more details you can check out his website or get in touch by email on vv [at] vernevarona [dot] com

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A last Photography Journey down the Ethiopian Omo River with Daniel Sullivan

In October 2010, photographer Daniel Sullivan traveled with a Kara tribesman by boat down Ethiopia’s Omo River to document some of the most isolated tribes on our planet. Together they camped along the banks of the Omo River. During the day they traveled by boat and hiked up into the jungles finding the tribes.

In Late 2011, the Ethiopian government will be completing the Gibe III dam on the Omo River, which will cut the water off from these tribes. Most of the people in the Omo Valley still don’t know about the dam. More than 500,000 people and countless animals will have no access to their only source of water.

The tribes of the Omo River are some of the last untouched people on earth. Daniel believes it is important to tell their story, This is why he is publishing a book called “Tribes of the Omo River”, it will be a beautifully produced hard cover, coffee table book with full color photographs documenting four tribes, the Kara, the Nyangatom, the Hamer and the Mursi.

Inside the book are some of the first translations of the tribes’ songs, which are the oral traditions passed down from generation to generation. The book will also include excerpts from his journals.

Included with every book will be a cd with recordings from the tribes’ songs mixed with the natural sounds of the jungle.
This unique combination of images and sound will be an experience that brings the reader closer to the beauty of the Omo Valley.

All of the photographs from this work were also donated to Survival International in order to fight for the water rights of the tribes.

I Leave you to enjoy 12 pictures that speak best of the Omo river tribes. But before you indulge in that photography trip to Africa, please take action by sharing and joining Daniel Sullivan’s Kickstarter campaign and also spend a few minutes to read some of stories that Daniel worked so hard to write.













About the photographer
For the past 15 years, Daniel Sullivan has been taking photographs in Central Asia, the Middle East and Africa, documenting the human spirit.
His photographs and essays have explored Afghanistan’s refugees, the children of Cambodia’s dumps and the orphans of Bihar, India among many other subjects. Most recently he’s been photographing the Tribes of the Omo River in Southern Ethiopia who will be affected by the Gibe III dam, for his second book “Tribes of the Omo River.”

Photography is Daniel’s passion and his vehicle for understanding, seeing and communicating the world to others.
When he is not taking pictures, he is living with his beautiful wife Caramiya and two kids Tristan and Evie in Maui, where he runs his store and gallery: Indigo Paia.

For his full work, you can visit his website, join his facebook group or check his gallery page

Ansel Adams Wilderness on National Geographic October issue

The October issue of National Geographic magazine will feature a captivating article on world-renowned photographer Ansel Adams.
This story describes how the Sierra Nevada transformed an unconfident photographer into a lens master and a powerful voice for wilderness.
The piece features stunning photographs by well-known nature photographer Peter Essick, who notes Adams as an inspiration.

So it is with great pleasure that I want to share with you some excerpts from the article that can be found here and those beautiful 5 images

“On his first trip to the Sierra Nevada, in June of 1916, Ansel Adams went armed with a camera—a Kodak No. 1 Brownie—and started shooting. “I expect to be broke if I keep up the rate I am taking pictures,” the budding 14-year-old photographer wrote to his Aunt Mary in San Francisco that summer. “I have taken 30 already.”

He kept shooting for almost seven decades, until his death at age 82 in 1984, by which time he had become a world-famous photographer and a powerful voice for wilderness.
Although he traveled far and wide, he returned again and again to the Sierra—”a noble gesture of the earth,” in his phrase—for the adventure, artistic inspiration, friendship, and solace he found among its jagged granite peaks, snow-swept passes, and brooding skies.
His uncompromising portrayal of these subjects still draws pilgrims to the wilderness that bears his name, deep in the heart of the High Sierra, in hopes of seeing what Ansel Adams saw there.”

Rocky spires known as the Minarets rise above 12,000 feet in the Ansel Adams Wilderness

Ansel Adams Wilderness, California
Melting snowpack sluices down Shadow Creek

Ansel Adams Wilderness, California
A setting moon makes a fitting backdrop for a lunarlike landscape near Donohue Pass

Ansel Adams Wilderness, California
Lodgepole pines cast long shadows at sunset

Late summer thunderheads build above Garnet Lake

and don’t forget to grab your copy of National Geographic for this month 🙂

45 pictures your ticket to the Norwegian dream

Occupying the western portion of the Scandinavian Peninsula, Norway is the second least densely populated country in Europe. One will find stunning and dramatic scenery and landscape throughout Norway, and the west coast of southern Norway and the coast of northern Norway present some of the most visually impressive coastal sceneries in the world. National Geographic has listed the Norwegian fjords as the world’s top tourist attraction.

How is that as destination for a landscape photographer? Pretty neat hein ! Not convinced yet? Let’s travel thru the lenses with 45 images that will make you live the Norwegian dream. So close your door and mute you mobile phone, let’s go visit Norway shall we?

Photo by Alexander B

Photo by Arnfinn Lie
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