Tip of the Day: Give Me a Hand

Details can make or break a portrait. Stray hairs, wrinkled clothes, or strange hand placement can distract from your subject’s face. Here are some pointers for posing a person’s hands.• Repeating patterns are a classic compositional technique, and fingers can be treated this way.

Details can make or break a portrait. Stray hairs, wrinkled clothes, or strange hand placement can distract from your subject’s face. Here are some pointers for posing a person’s hands.

•  Interlocking fingers draw a lot of attention and are visually confusing. Instead, have your subject make a loose fist with one hand while laying the other hand over it, slightly cupped.

•  Try to present the edge of the hand instead of its broader back or palm.

•  Repeating patterns are a classic compositional technique, and fingers can be treated this way. Arrange the hand with each successive finger bent slightly more than the preceding one for a pleasingly repetitive pattern.

ADAPTED FROM DIGITAL PORTRAIT PHOTOGRAPHY:ART, BUSINESS & STYLE BY STEVE SINT (LARK BOOKS, 2009; $25)

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