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Directing Models for Photography

A course by Eduardo Gómez (Alter Imago)
Photographer. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined December 2016
, Photographer

Learn the art of directing people for your fashion photographs and portraits

  • Best seller Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (742)
  • 15423 students

Learn the art of directing people for your fashion photographs and portraits

Spanish with subtitles in English
  • 98% positive reviews (742)
  • 15423 students
  • 20 lessons (4h 0m)
  • 26 additional resources (13 files)
  • Online and at your own pace
  • Available on the app
  • Audio: Spanish
  • Spanish, English, Portuguese, German, French, Italian, Polish, Dutch
  • Level: Beginner
  • Unlimited access forever

The work of a photographer is so much more than just taking photos. One of the key factors for getting that perfect shot is that the model should feel comfortable enough to show their character with a camera pointed at them, and therein lies the importance of knowing how to direct on set. Eduardo Gómez, better known as Alter Imago, started out photographing rock bands in his studio. It was this that set him on the path towards portraiture and artistic photography, which in turn helped him become an expert in the art of directing models.

In this course, learn strategies and techniques for directing models and planning what poses you want for your photos. Eduardo shares a full range of tips and tricks for conveying your ideas and feelings through imagery.

What will you learn in this online course?

Course table of contents

  • U1
    U1. Introduction
  • U2
    U2. Preparations before the session
  • U3
    U3. The face
  • U4
    U4. The torso
  • U5
    U5. Body types
  • U6
    U6. Types of poses
  • FP
    FP Final project
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Start by getting a more in-depth look at the work of Alter Imago as well as discovering his biggest influences. He also talks about what most inspires him to keep taking photos.

Then take a look at the four main methods for directing models in photography and when to use each one.

Eduardo discusses what being photogenic really means and gives you some key points to make the direction process more simple, agile, and flow better.

Now you're more familiar with the basic concepts, study human anatomy in detail. Explore the different facial shapes and figures and analyze their components to learn to identify signs of tension and how to correct them.

Next, Eduardo gives some advice on which angles to avoid for the perfect photos before delving into the importance of clothing to balance the figure and help certain features stand out.

Wrap things up with your own photo shoot to put into practice everything you've learned, and experiment with different poses and expressions until you achieve the desired results.

What is this course's project?

Do a photo shoot with a model to express a range of different poses and emotions through expressions.

Projects by course students

Who is this online course for?

Photographers, art directors, models, and anyone who wants to learn to direct people and shoot artistic photographs or portraits with stunning results.

Requirements and materials

No previous experience is necessary for this course, but some basic knowledge of photography is recommended.

For materials you need a camera, a lighting kit, and someone to be your model.


15423 Students
742 Reviews
98% Positive ratings

Eduardo Gómez (Alter Imago)

Eduardo Gómez Muñoz, more commonly known as Alter Imago, has been a professional photographer for 14 years. Although he started out as a rock band photographer, he has since specialized in portraiture and artistic photography, digital retouching, photo manipulation, and advertising photography.

Since 2015, he has been regularly posting on his YouTube channel Alter Imago fotografía, where he has 90K subscribers and more than 36 million minutes of watch time. He won the silver medal in the digital illustration category at the 2018 Photography World Cup in Sydney, Australia as well as the Nation Awards in Dublin, Ireland.


  • U1


    • Influences
    • Management styles
    • Presentation
  • U2

    Preparations before the session

    • Talk before the session
    • Why is it so difficult to direct?
    • The idealized body
  • U3

    The face

    • Types of face
    • Look, nose and mouth - Part 1
    • Look, nose and mouth - Part 2
    • headshot
  • U4

    The torso

    • The bust
    • Abdomen, waist, hip and back
    • Shoulders, arms and hands
  • U5

    Body types

    • Costume recommendations
    • Body types
  • U6

    Types of poses

    • The standing pose
    • The sitting pose
    • The lying pose
    • The formal pose
    • The broken pose and the funny pose
  • FP

    Final project

    • Address of models for photography

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Directing Models for Photography. Photography, and Video course by Eduardo Gómez (Alter Imago) Best seller

Directing Models for Photography

A course by Eduardo Gómez (Alter Imago)
Photographer. Mexico City, Mexico.
Joined December 2016
  • 98% positive reviews (742)
  • 15423 students