Wednesday, July 13, 2011

DSC_6172 by mylla7777
DSC_6172, a photo by mylla7777 on Flickr.
Elbows and hands: Awkward all around. Again, some people are super natural at posing. Like my brother.

This is important to remember about hands: never make your subject put their hands in places that are unnatural for them. If they are uncomfortable, it's not going to make a good photo.

Here are some poses you can try:

- Have their elbow rest on a surface--wall, counter-top, ground even--while placing their hand lightly on the side of their head, bottom of jaw, or on the surface also. Make sure their hand does NOT cover their face in any way. The face is what most stands out in a portrait, anyhow!

- Hands on hips, arms crossed, and hands resting right above knees also work well for poses. Give them something to touch.

- As a photographer, AVOID cropping your photos straight off at the joints--no arms cut off at the shoulders, elbows, or wrists; and no legs cut off at the knees or ankles.

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