Portraiture - An Art!
Don’t you love how a simple portrait can give the viewer an insight into the mind of the model! We know how the right skill & technique can make ordinary portraiture a piece of art. To hone these skills takes a lifetime, especially when you know that the models you work with might not always be trained.
So, it’s not just the photographer’s job you need to know but also the model’s job you need to have a hang of! Have you ever given directing women a thought? Directing your models to pose right, doesn’t just involve asking them to strike a smile or stand at an angle. They need to be minutely told how very limb and muscle are placed and the expressions and look on their face too plays a key role.
But more than anything comfortably working with hand poses is where the real work comes in! Hands can be the biggest asset or the largest liability, to find your way around them is where the efforts come into play!
Some Tricks To Enhance Your Model's Hand Poses
A Quick Guide To Master Hand Poses
1. The Simple Cross Hands
The eloquent and simple posture that a simple cross of hands can help you create is one that is incomparable!
Nothing can go wrong when you are composed and effortless in the still.
A simple cross of hands however show reservation, introversion, & an overall pensive mood. So choose your hand poses wisely & make sure that you aren’t misunderstood.
2. Using Props
A prop can be used to get the eyes of the model & focus on the product adorned by the subject or it can be just a mere accessory used to accentuate the features & the expressions of the model. depending on the purpose of the prop, the choice of prop is essential.
A prop should ideally acquire not more than 1/12th of the space of your frame and should not pop out. Afterall, you are here for a portrait shoot & not a product shoot!
Don’t steal your models thunder with a overpowering prop!
3. Angles & Perspectives
With changing times & changing meanings of photography there are several different genres of photography cropping up.
If you don’t want to stick to the same boring angles & portraits that the world creates, try to explore perspectives & angles
While doing so, don’t overlook the fact that the hands shouldn’t look bulky, clumsy, or out of place!
4. Classic Hands On The Knee
A power pose is when hands are placed on the knee.
When you need to capture the essence of a formal, professional holding a powerful position in an organization.
These types of hand poses are what creates a mark on the viewer.
These assertive hand poses are what will help build their profile.
5. A Formal Power Pose
With changing times & changing meaning of poses, one thing that has hardly changed is striking formal poses.
A classic folded hands won’t ever go wrong.
The fold of hands makes the portrait looks strong powerful & professional. With a crisp expression & a spotless and creaseless apparel this is the recipe to a perfectly empowered portrait.
Having said that folded hand poses might not always mean formal posing.
A relaxed fold of hands can depict reluctance, disinterest, casualness among many other things.
So the perfect hand poses can make or break your portraits & the message the portrait wants to convey can be totally messed up!
So, beware of your purpose & direct the models accordingly.
Don’t Ruin Her Photo By Ignoring Her Hands . . .
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- 9 Professional poses and how to direct your model’s hands
- Hands on her hips
- Hands in her hair
- Armed crossed
- Hands twirling her hair tips
- Clasping a necklace
- Hands behind her back
- Thumbs in her pocket
- Holding props
- Whimsicle pose: Flaring the dress
- 9 Pro-tips about the mechanics of non-verbal communication
- 6 Strategies for effective communication between you and the client (what to do, what to say, etc.)
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