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How To Pose Hands In Portraits

Here are three different approaches to posing hands so the next time you're capturing a portrait, your subject's pose won't look so awkward.

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Small changes can make a big difference to the overall look/feel of a portrait and, as this tutorial explains, is particularly true for how hands are places/posed. 


The video has been put together by Lindsay Adler Photography - a popular photographer who has lots of other great photography tutorials that are worth a watch but, in this particular video tutorial, Lindsay shows photographers how important guiding/coaching your subject is as well as using simple adjectives to describe exactly how you want their pose/movement to be. 


Portrait taken with the Zeiss Batis 85mm f/1.8 lens and a Sony Alpha A7

Photo by joshwa


"I'll often use phrases to get my subjects in the right state of mind and articulate what feeling I'm going for. For example, sometimes I'll say use ballet fingers or ballet hands because they can start to picture what a ballet dancer would have for their hands," explains Lindsay in her video tutorial description.

Removing tension from limbs is another important tip as even though their hands might be in the right place for the pose, the tension they hold in their limbs can make a photo look awkward. 



Photo by joshwa


"A lot of people are nervous during their portrait sessions and they actually show that tension in their hands," says Lindsay. 

So, next time you're capturing posed portraits, remember Guidance, Relax & Cues.

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