The Fist The Claw and The Thunderbird. Hands have a life of their own. Even when the person is seemingly relaxed those hands betray everything you are feeling. The tension, the awkwardness can all be seen in the hands. I can always tell the skill level of a photographer by what the hands are doing in an image. Yes I break some old school hand rules, I’m a rule breaker. But my goal is to create Body language with my direction not Poses. Because Hands can’t pose either. I want to create a mood in my image, direct a style and a feeling. But what I really want is for the viewer to BELIEVE IT. To believe that she wasn’t ‘Posing’ but relaxed and looking like she believed she was the most beautiful girl in the world and not stiff and scared in front of a camera being posed by a photographer. SO now that you’re learning my rules tell me, when you look at the shots you are taking DO you believe them? or do they look like Poses?
Your homework this week, lots of hand work. Flow with the hands, soften to Ballet hands. Turn hands side on to the camera to make them smaller and more feminine. Bring the hands up to the face, but NOT clamped on to the side of the face. NEVER bring the hand up between the face and hair covering the ear. That is what I affectionately refer to as “Talking on the phone’ Play with hair, hands up to shoulders but don’t cross over the diamond. Changing hands in an image and changing expressions can change an image so much. Mix it up, direct your client to move. Shooting multiple static images with different expressions will sell you one shot. Changing hands expression and composition even slightly will give you One Pose Five compositions which = multiple sales.
The most simple little hand gestures will change your images.