6 Common Hand Posing Errors

Posing hands is one of the toughest parts of posing and we have found a nice collection of "bad hands" - if you've got these in your shots you need to fix them...

posing shape needs leg fingers Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

The hand under the chin is turned so that back of the hand is to camera, although the shape of the hand isn't bad. But what about that other poor hand squashed under the elbow?

posing shape needs leg fingers Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

The hand picture right is correctly positioned, pulled out of the elbow and in towards the sitter. The other hand picture left needs to be relaxed to the table in the shape of the other hand.

posing shape needs leg fingers Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

What a lovely back of hand shot. The hand needs turning so the palm is towards the face and the edge of the hand is to the camera.

posing shape needs leg fingers Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

You need a really good excuse to shoot hands joined together, particularly clenched together like this one. You can see here just how big, clunky and unpleasant. At a minimum separate the hands. Better, pose the near arm so the hand flows down the near leg and the far hand can rest on the far leg.

posing shape needs leg fingers Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

Bunched fists!!! Come to think of it bunched knees too.

posing shape needs leg fingers Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

This poor girl seems to have had some fingers amputated. So firstly the fingers need to be in shot. But also the arm could be turned so that the back is not so strong in the image.

 
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posing shape needs leg fingers Simon Q. Walden, FilmPhotoAcademy.com, sqw, FilmPhoto, photography

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