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04/23/2006 01:34:00 PM · #1
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'What Do I Do with My Hands?'
by fotomann_forever

View this tutorial here.
04/23/2006 01:40:00 PM · #2
Great tutorial, Leroy! I especially like the point about where NOT to crop on the arms/joints. I don't think I would have ever realized that one on my own.

Thanks!
Liz
04/23/2006 02:00:47 PM · #3
Nice job Leroy :-) Sounds like something so simple and obvious, yet I'm sure a lot of folks might not think about it, or realize the importance, and the impact hands can have on the overall shot like you point out. Great tutorial. Thanks :-)
04/23/2006 02:06:53 PM · #4
Great tutorial!

Maybe you could add the effect of a hand with spreaded fingers (for a cool look (can't find another word for it)
and with the fingers held to eachother (for a nice classic look)

Message edited by author 2006-04-23 14:07:19.
04/23/2006 02:12:29 PM · #5
I'm glad I read this... I am working with my third model today and this question has arose in the past two sessions with me stumbling for an answer. I'm going to apply some of this to today's shoot, and perhaps I will post a few pictures if they turn out any good.
04/23/2006 02:22:53 PM · #6
Thanks guys. I've either helped people or given them one more obsession ... LOL
04/23/2006 02:27:12 PM · #7
Originally posted by fotomann_forever:

Post your comments, questions, and reviews for... 'What Do I Do with My Hands?' by fotomann_forever. View this tutorial here.

Originally posted by fotomann_forever in his tutorial:

Remember the old axiom - "Idle hands are the Devil's tool." Give those hands something to do.


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04/23/2006 02:45:50 PM · #8
Excellent tutorial, Leroy! I found it very helpful, Thanks!
04/23/2006 02:48:29 PM · #9
This is especially true of models who have little experience or are modeling for the first times. The more experienced and professional models usually know what to do with their hands and arms most of the time.

Good tutorial and something a photographer should always have in mind when photographing people.
04/23/2006 03:01:52 PM · #10
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or you could even make the hands the focus as magnus did.

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and Anasatsia

Message edited by author 2006-04-23 15:03:27.
04/23/2006 03:37:33 PM · #11
Originally posted by emorgan49:


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and Anasatsia


Throughout her portfolio, Nasti's work displays a LOT of hand control.
04/23/2006 03:43:16 PM · #12
Thanks, Leroy. Your efforts in posting this great tutorial are much appreciated.
04/23/2006 03:49:57 PM · #13
Thanks for the tutorial, simple things to keep in mind to help bring out to details of the shot.

While we're on the subject of hands, could someone tell me what the distinction between the back of the hand showing and the palm showing? One was called feminine and the othe mascaline (don't remember which) in a discussion following Dr. Jone's 'Soft Sun', but I'm not sure I understand what each is suppose to convey.

David

Message edited by author 2006-04-23 15:50:56.
04/23/2006 04:16:55 PM · #14
Originally posted by David.C:


While we're on the subject of hands, could someone tell me what the distinction between the back of the hand showing and the palm showing? One was called feminine and the othe mascaline (don't remember which) in a discussion following Dr. Jone's 'Soft Sun', but I'm not sure I understand what each is suppose to convey.

David


Try doing searches on the subject of Kinesics (nonlinguistic bodily movements). Might help you understand some of the gesturing and posture.

Generally, to answer your question, the outward facing palm is viewed as submissive (one might say feminine, but may not be PC to say such). Overall, that would be a gross generalization, though.
04/23/2006 04:22:17 PM · #15
'Kinesics' -- now there's a search word I would have thought of on my own. LOL

Will do the searchs, thanks.

David
04/23/2006 11:27:29 PM · #16
*bumping for the night crowd*
04/24/2006 03:35:16 PM · #17
Good tutorial Leroy. Thanks for putting this out there.
04/30/2006 12:02:56 AM · #18
I'm glad you wrote a tutorial on this subject (ie, hands), but I didn't find much practical info. Mostly it was theory. I also thought the second shot of the model was really awkward looking. Putting hands into pockets does not seem like a acceptable solution to me.

Plus, you got into cropping at the end. That would be a valuable tutorial, by itself.

Sorry if I'm a bit too harsh. The info was good and it's a hard subject to tackle.
04/30/2006 12:08:32 AM · #19
Originally posted by NJG123:

I'm glad you wrote a tutorial on this subject (ie, hands), but I didn't find much practical info. Mostly it was theory. I also thought the second shot of the model was really awkward looking. Putting hands into pockets does not seem like a acceptable solution to me.

Plus, you got into cropping at the end. That would be a valuable tutorial, by itself.

Sorry if I'm a bit too harsh. The info was good and it's a hard subject to tackle.


It is a hard subject to tackle. But, it is quite easy if you study people. Watch the nest person you talk to. Watch thier hands and see whatt they do with them. *warning watching hands can become addictive.

Putting the hands in her pocket, (to me) added to her casual attire (subjectively).

Cropping is a pet peeve of mine, but I didn't think it took more than a sentence or two to explain.
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