The world of art and craft is no "slight of hand" magic show, but your photos can be magical.

 The world of art and craft is no "slight of hand" magic show.

Yet, there is a growing trend for including hands in photographs displaying jewelry, accessories and clothing. This increases the need to pay attention to the hands used as props.  

A poorly chosen hand prop can detract from the work in the photo and ruin any chance of being accepted in a book, magazine, show or exhibition. Martha Le Van from Lark Books shared these surprising bad examples at the recent Professional Development Seminar at the Seattle SNAG Conference.


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   BadhandEven a brief look online delivers an overabundance of BAD photos that include regrettable choices of hand models or awkward hand positions. I have resisted the impulse to show more bad photos -- they are too easy to find.  I think you get the idea.

The harsh reality is that a bad photo is summarily dismissed as bad work. Conversely, a good photo is assumed to include good work until proven otherwise.

Great skin, unblemished hands and a perfect manicure with light to neutral nail polish is the first requirement for a hand model.

ASK Harriete provides a few more suggestions for better photos usin...

Take a look, and see what you think.  Please feel welcome to leave a comment on ASK Harriete or here on Crafthaus.

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